Functional Skills English Level 1 (accredited)

Ref: C3745854

Before you can join this course, you will need to talk to a member of staff and do an initial assessment to make sure the course is right for you. For more information and to book an appointment please call 0300 303 3464. This course will help you to communicate confidently in a wide range of everyday and formal situations. You will develop your planning skills to help you to write and improve your reviewing skills so you can identify and correct a range of errors in a text. You will consider the use of sentence grammar and punctuation to ensure you communicate effectively and clearly. You will look at how we change our communication depending on who we are talking to. You will develop skills to predict the meaning of a text when reading, using vocabulary, grammar and other clues. Please note: Before you can join the course, you will need to attend an initial assessment session to make sure that this course is the right one for you.

Course aim

This course will help you to practise your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in English. This course leads to the Functional Skills English assessment at Level 1.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • Before you can join the course, you will take an initial assessment so the tutor can make sure the class is right for you.

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

  • Take part in a range of formal and informal topical discussions and presentations, listening carefully and responding appropriately to others, explaining my personal views clearly and with reference to research where appropriate.
  • Identify the purpose, main arguments and tone of a piece in a range of pieces of writing, e.g. informative leaflets, fiction, websites and letters.
  • Use an appropriate layout and structure (e.g. paragraphs, headings, bullet points) to write a letter, email, blog or article showing a logical order of events or information.
  • Use strategies and prior knowledge to spell the majority of words accurately
  • Write simple and more complex sentences accurately, with consistent and appropriate use of grammar and punctuation.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • 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
  • WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will work together with other students and the tutor, as well as working on your own. Everyone is encouraged to take part as much as they can.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.
  • Your tutor will provide written, text and audio feedback recorded in WEA Canvas, WEA’s digital learning platform.
  • You will be able to keep a digital portfolio of your work on WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas.
  • 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, the tutor will help you to choose individual learning goals. Regular feedback will help you to see what you can do and the things you need to keep working on. The tutor will explain what the exam will be like, and give you lots of practice so you know what to expect.

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • The tutor will give you work for most lessons and can tell you about other books or websites that will help if you want to study more at home.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You will have access to course resources and links to wider learning through the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You do not need to do anything before the course. However, it is useful if students are reading books for pleasure and information.

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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Functional Skills English Level 1 (accredited)

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • 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 2020
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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