Living and Working in Dorset

Ref: C3530106

The course aims to empower people who have had limited access to English language learning and seeks to address some of the difficulties that have prevented people from being able to learn in the past. The language taught can be practically applied and learners are taught to how to understand language patterns, (when we say things and why). Each session aims to address types of language used in specific scenarios, for example, asking general questions about people, asking for directions, talking about hobbies and talking about the things we like doing. Language learned in previous sessions is always re-used so that learners can feel a real sense of achievement. The environment is relaxed and informal and child friendly.

Course aim

The course is aimed at people for whom English is their second language. The course seeks to examine a broad range of language scenarios and discuss different ways of communicating. The course applies language learning in a fun and meaningful way.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for people with little spoken English
  • This course is for students who attend a specific centre only. For more information please call 0300 303 3464

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

  • Have a clear understanding of the verbs 'to be' and 'have'. Learners will be able to give and ask for basic personal information using question words.
  • Have a clear understanding of pronouns and the correct use of possessive pronouns. Learners will be able to talk about others in the session using correct pronouns.
  • Count to 100 and be able to tell the time in English. (Both analogue and digital)
  • Know the difference in use between the Present Simple and Continuous and be able to talk about hobbies
  • To ask for directions and know the names of local amenities and items in supermarkets.

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

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
  • 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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Living and Working in Dorset


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • 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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