Course overview

This course will help you to practice your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in English. It will help you get ready to move onto a Level 2 Functional English qualification in the future

Course description

This course will help you to communicate clearly and confidently in a wide range of social and formal situations, taking into account the audience, purpose and situation. You will develop skills to predict the meaning of a text by using vocabulary, grammatical features and indirect cues as well as recognising tone, opinion and bias in texts.

You will summarise information from longer documents and discuss why this is an important skill. You will write for a wide range of everyday and formal situations. Use strategies and prior knowledge to spell the majority of common and unfamiliar words accurately. Select the appropriate format, style and level of detail required for a range of writing purposes, e.g. note making, summarising a document, writing a formal letter. Make requests and ask questions to obtain information in familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

Take part in a range of formal and informal topical discussions: explain my personal views clearly, listen and respond appropriately. Use grammatical knowledge and personal experience to identify the purpose and meaning of a range of pieces of writing.

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: - 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:

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.

What financial support is available?

We don't want anything to stand in your way when it comes to bringing Adult learning within reach so if you need anything to support you to achieve your goals then speak to one of our education experts during your enrolment journey. Most of our courses are government funded but if you don't qualify or need alternative financial help to access them then let us know.

What other support is available?

All of our digital content, teaching and learning activities and assessments are designed to be accessible so if you need any additional support you can discuss this with the education experts during your enrolment journey and we will do all we can to make sure you have optimal access.

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