English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Level 1 Reading

Ref: C3844973

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 bring together everything you have learned at Entry level, and enable you to read confidently in a wide range of everyday and formal situations. We will look at how paragraphs and punctuation can aid understanding. We will develop skills to predict the meaning of a text, using vocabulary, grammatical features, and indirect cues.

Course aim

This course will help you to develop your reading skills. It leads to a City & Guilds ESOL Level 1 Reading qualification

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.
  • You should be using different reading techniques to help you find information in a wide range of texts. You must be able to identify the purpose, and intended audience for different types of text.

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

  • Explain how the choice of language and features of a text are used to achieve different purposes e.g. instruct, explain, describe, persuade.
  • Use an appropriate technique (skimming, scanning or detailed) for different reading situations.
  • Recognise and understand an increasing range of vocabulary, applying knowledge of word structure, related words, word roots, derivatives and borrowed words from other languages.
  • Identify the tone of a text from the vocabulary, e.g. formal/informal, humorous/serious, personal/impersonal.
  • Recognise and use a range of synonyms and antonyms, to express variation in meaning.

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
  • • You will do lots of different activities with examples from real life situations • You will work together with other students and the tutor, as well as working on your own. • Your tutor will give you homework • The tutor will give you lots of practice to prepare for your exam.

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.
  • • Your tutor will help you to set targets for your learning. • Your tutor will give you regular friendly feedback about your progress. • The tutor will give you lots of practice and support to prepare for your exam.

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 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
  • Official document(s) showing your name, address, date of birth Certificates for English / English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) qualifications you have.

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
  • 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?

  • 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
  • • Your tutor will talk to you about what you want to do next at the end of the course. • You may want to get a job. • Some students feel ready to take more exams in the future. You can move onto a Level 2 Reading course, a Level 1 Speaking and Listening course or Level 1 Writing course.

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English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Level 1 Reading

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Conditions

This course is funded by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. You must be a resident of Greater Manchester 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 Greater Manchester, 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 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

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