Skills for Independent Living

Ref: C2523627

The course is structured to meet the needs of the students. It aims to develop their existing skills and to improve their confidence using these skills through practical activities used on a daily basis. It will focus upon speaking and listening skills, promoting conversations with the wider community and following instructions. It will also develop students understanding of familiar words and signs around buildings and on transport. The course also benefits from practical activities and social development from visits by The Materialistics who produce art related objects to develop basic English skills

Course aim

To develop student's confidence using English in their day to day life and to widen their existing English skills

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Feel confident engaging in conversation with others
  • Use Makaton to sign a song and to learn Makaton alphabet
  • Be able to follow instructions and respond accordingly
  • Recognise important dates, recognise days and months and record information in a diary
  • Take part in story telling and discussions

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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Skills for Independent Living


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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