Preparing to Write

Ref: C3126950

This course will help you to improve your knowledge of grammar and spelling, and to use different ways of writing for a range of everyday situations, for example, looking for work, shopping, health and homes. You will learn about writing in different tenses, the past, present and future. You will work on adding more information into your sentences, making them longer and more detailed.

Course aim

This course will build on the writing skills you learned at Entry 1/Entry 2.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • • Before you can join the course, your writing skills will be checked with a short test so the tutor can make sure the class is right for you. • You must be able to spell common words, use punctuation and write simple sentences about things that are happening now using the correct word order.

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

  • 1. Spell common words about myself and everyday situations.
  • 2. Write information in different situations, e.g. letters, forms, emails.
  • 3. Identify and use the correct verb form to write about the past, present and future (using “going to”).
  • 4. Use “and”, “but” and “because” to join 2 or more sentences together.
  • 5. Use adjectives to add more information to a description.

How will I be taught?

  • The tutor will use lots of different activities in the class, with examples from real life situations so you can try your new skills quickly and confidently. Everyone is encouraged to take part as much as they can. You will be asked to do some homework to help with your learning outside the class

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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • At the start of the course you will think about what you can already do in English, and the things you would like to work on. The tutor will work with you to choose an individual learning goal Regular, friendly feedback in class will help you to see what you can do now and the things you need to do

What else do I need to know?

  • • Official document(s) showing the correct spelling of your name, address and date of birth. • Certificates for any English / English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) qualifications you already have. • Please bring some paper and a pen/pencil and a folder to every lesson.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • • Students do not need to do anything before the course • It is useful if you are already trying to use your English, e.g. talking to neighbours, reading signs, writing short notes or letters, and watching TV in English (maybe with subtitles).

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • • Your tutor will talk to you about what you want to do next at the end of the course. • This course leads to the Entry 2/3 writing course which is a City & Guilds Writing qualification course.

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Preparing to Write


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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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