Distance Learning Course
28 April 2020
07 July 2020
Tuesday between 19:00 and 21:00
Between 1 and 15 learners.
NOTE: This course is currently FULL.
NOTE: This course has already started.
Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing for learners who have successfully completed an Improvers Course (L1 or Level 1) or equivalent prior experience.
How will I learn?
- Group based weekly classes
- Home study
- Online resources
Group based weekly classes
- A confidence building environment
- Regular contact with your tutor
- Meet like-minded people
- Time to consolidate learning at your own pace
- Using handouts, set books or by exploring the internet (optional)
- Support from “Derby Learn” (on some courses) see www.derbylearn.net (optional)
- Set book and CD or Cassette tape (your tutor will advise you about this in class)
Your tutor will provide:
- Authentic materials such as menus, timetables, photos etc.
- Video or DVD
- Internet (optional)
What can I expect to be doing in classes?
- Working in a group to learn new vocabulary
- Creating dialogues
- Participating in games and quizzes
- Completing reading and writing exercises
- Listening to taped dialogues
- Watching video or DVDs
- Mnemonic strategies (learning how to improve memory skills)
How will my progress be measured?
Your tutor will:
- assess you informally in class and give you immediate verbal feedback
- Assess your work formally and give you both verbal and written feedback
- You will be encouraged to keep a ‘diary’ of your experiences and consider your confidence, achievements and preferred learning styles
- Accredited courses will be awarded with a certificate upon successful completion of the course requirements (your tutor will tell you more about this)
Is there an exam?
There is no exam for 'Intermediate' courses.
You will be expected to complete a series of exercises in class which will be assessed by your tutor. These exercises are designed to measure your speaking and listening skills as well as your reading and writing skills. Example exercises may be to participate in a conversation requesting details for a holiday booking / identify and extract details from a spoken weather forecast / produce a written description of a house (about 100 words) / extract details from a written text advertising an excursion. This style of continuous assessment gives you the chance to realise and appreciate your own progress.
Aims and Outcomes
What will I be learning?
You will be learning to:
- use routine vocabulary relevant to the situation, and common alternatives.
- express polite social conventions and feelings/emotions
- use numbers, prices and dates
- use routine verb forms in past, present and future forms as appropriate both positive and negative including the imperative (command)
- use conjunctions to produce complex sentences
- use reference sources, for example, dictionaries or online tools, to clarify and confirm the meaning of words.
An example of topics included in the course:
- Restaurant situation including special requests, problems and complaints
- Obtaining tourist information with specific or more unusual requests or discussions.
- Planning a holiday and talking about past holidays
- Hiring a car, bike, boat.
- Coping with loss or theft or an emergency
- Directing someone or giving advice about facilities, arrangements.
- Making arrangements for an outing.
- Welcoming and being a guest.
- Discussing hobbies/weekends/work matters/family issues.
(these may vary slightly from course to course; your tutor will provide exact content)
When will my course be held?
There are daytime evening and Saturday morning courses, but not all courses have a choice.
How do I enrol?
Non-Qualification courses are available for enrolment online at: www.adult-learning-derby.org.uk
For all courses:
Call our main centres, Rycote Centre 717930, Multicultural Centre 717940, Village Learning Centre 711371, Allen Park Centre 642300 or 01332 717900
To request a brochure please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone our Helpline 717900
What materials will I need?
For your first lesson, bring:
- lined paper, a biro (black or blue), pencil and eraser. If you have an A4 sized ring binder, this will be useful too.
Your tutor will advise you on which set books to buy and the recommended dictionary for the course, so don’t rush out and buy anything especially beforehand. You will also be advised of any other equipment you may need.
Do I need any prior knowledge?
You will be expected to have a good command of the English language (although this need not be your first language), but no formal qualifications are required.
You will also need to have successfully completed either a Level 1 course in the chosen language or have a basic knowledge of the language through prior studies or experience. If you are in any doubt, you are advised to attend the enrolment session prior to joining this course and have a discussion with the tutor to ascertain your level.
What happens if I miss a few lessons?
If you miss the odd lesson during the course, you will be issued with the missed handouts (you may be able to download them from the internet) and you will be given advice on what home study you should do to enable you to keep up.
What happens if I don’t complete the course?
If for some reason, you are unable to complete the course, you must inform either the tutor or the administrators in the office. Depending on how much work you have completed, you may be awarded a partial certificate for the credits that you achieved (accredited courses only). Refunding of fees will need to be discussed with the centre office, on an individual basis.
Please note, refunds, if awarded, may take up to 6 weeks to process if you paid via cheque or cash.
By the end of the course...
You can expect to:
- be able to maintain short dialogues (an average of 1.5 – 2 minutes) with your tutor or a fellow learner on around 6 different topics
- be able to listen to and understand information when spoken at a realistic pace (around 160 -170 words per minute) and extract facts from a number of different spoken sources
- be able to read, understand and extract specific factual details, data, instructions, advice and requests, views and opinions from at least 6 different written sources of approximately 100 words each.
- produce 2 continuous written texts totalling 100 words to include advice / instructions, 2 informal correspondence totalling 100 to include views / opinions and 2 formal correspondence to include enquiries or requests.
- have learned about some culture and traditions of the country
- receive a certificate of achievement (on accredited courses only) or a certificate of attendance
- Lasting friendships
- A sense of well deserved achievement
Motivation and confidence
Health and Wellbeing
The slogan you see on our brochures and leaflets is:
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This is because we believe that taking part in adult and community learning can open the door to new friendships, give you something enjoyable and worthwhile to do with your time, enable you to learn something new and give you a sense of achievement. That's got to make you feel good!
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Distance Learning Course
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