Who is this course for?
Want to learn the basics of a language? It’s difficult on your own and much more fun with a supportive tutor and a group where you can practice with each other and share the joys and frustrations. This is suitable for complete beginners and also for those with some very basic knowledge.
You will learn and practise simple useful language such as: Greet people and introduce yourself and others, Order a drink or a snack, Shop and find your way around, Numbers, the alphabet, days of the week and dates, Read information such as simple signs, lists and menus. Write short notes. Look at some of the language and culture of the country or countries concerned. You will: Work individually, in pairs and in small groups, as well as with the tutor and the whole class. Take part in a wide range of activities designed to help understand and use the language effectively. Use a range of interesting resources including video clips, listening material and the internet.
Support and feedback
You’ll complete an individual learning plan (ILP). There is initial assessment and a variety of activities to assess your progress throughout the course. There’s discussion and written feedback with your tutor. This should be noted on your ILP.
Additional costs and requirements
At the start of the course your tutor will advise you of any course book that might be required. Please don’t purchase anything before the course. You’ll need a pen, paper and a ring-binder for storing notes, hand-outs and homework. You may like to bring a drink or refreshments
You may be eligible for a learner bursary if you can demonstrate that attending a course will improve your wellbeing. Eligibility is determined after a short interview with a member of our learning support team. You must be aged over 19 on 31st August 2017 and your household income below £15,276 to access this fund. Contact your local centre for more details.
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
Yes, effective language learning requires regular practise and reinforcement. You’ll be provided with short homework tasks to help consolidate and extend the work done in the weekly session. You will also be encouraged to make use of other resources such as internet websites for self-study activities.
About the tutor
Jenni Marshall works as an Programme Co-ordinator for Learn Devon, she has also worked as a Literacy, ESOL French and Spanish Tutor for Learn Devon. Prior to this she worked for Cornwall Adult Education Service, Abingdon, and Witney & Oxon College also teaching the aforementioned subjects. Within the literacy programmes taught, she delivered Key Skills, Skills for Life and also Communication to recovering Drug and Alcohol users.
Jenni commenced full time teaching 2003. Prior to that, she taught English as a Foreign Language both privately and also for SUL Language School. She has also taught Elective Home Education students for 10 years following both the British and American curriculums.
Jenni has an Honours Degree in Humanities where she majored in English Language/English Literature from The Open University, A PGCE from University of Greenwich and amongst other specialist qualifications, a Level 5 Subject Specialism in Literacy inc ESOL. Jenni’s area of interest is Applied Linguistics which she will further study in a Masters of Applied Linguistics.
Jenni’s passion is equipping others with the necessary tools to ensure that they realise their dreams. She is a great advocate of education as the means to do this.
“I simply love teaching adults how to work against all those negative reports, whether from others or within and watching them surpass all expectations. Especially when they start to believe that they really do have the power to achieve something that was never before thought possible”.
Jenni Marshall, ESOL Tutor, Learn Devon