English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Level 2 Reading

Ref: C3843509

On this course, we will study a wide range of features of texts, of varying levels of complexity and length. This will help you develop ways to use your background knowledge of a subject and previous experience to help you decipher the meaning. We will practice summarising information from longer documents, and discuss why this is an important skill. We will look at how meaning of words can change over time, between contexts and when used for different purposes.

Course aim

This course will build on the reading skills you learned at Level 1. This course leads to a City & Guilds Level 2 Reading qualification.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need to talk to a member of staff and do a short activity to make sure the course is right for you. For more information and to book an appointment please call 0300 303 3464
  • You must be confident using a range of reading techniques to help you find information in a wide range of texts. You must be able to recognise a wide range of common vocabulary.

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

  • Recognise a range of common prefixes, suffixes and common root words used in specialist vocabulary.
  • Read critically to evaluate and compare information, ideas and opinions from different sources.
  • Explain how a written argument is structured and identify its main points of view.
  • Recognise and understand common metaphors, similes, idioms and clichés in English.
  • Explain how a text can have multiple purposes, which are not always explicit, and that the purpose can change depending on the reader’s perspective.

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
  • The tutor will also explain what the exam will be like, and they will give you plenty of practice so you know what to expect.

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
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • Official document(s) showing your name, address, date of birth Certificates for English / English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) qualifications you have. Paper, pen/pencil to every lesson, folder to put your work in, small notebook.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • It is useful if you are already reading a range of texts in English (e.g. fiction, non-fiction, news, instructions)

What can I do next?

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English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Level 2 Reading

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This course is funded by the Liverpool Combined Authority. You must be a resident of Liverpool in order to attend this course. Click here to learn more about government funding changes. If you don't know whether you are a resident of Liverpool, you can check your postcode here:

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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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