Why study a language?
Studying a language will help you to understand more about other cultures and give you a more international perspective on the world. It will help you to survive and enjoy many basic situations abroad or with visitors from other countries. You will learn to:
- Introduce yourself and others.
- Find and buy the things you need.
- Find your way around.
- Express opinions and preferences.
- Describe people and places.
This course can be taken in addition to your main courses. There are no specific entry requirements other than an interest in learning a new language.
The course is very personalised. You will have one lesson a week based in a computer room, so that you can explore language-learning materials and learn at your own pace. There will also be one or two other weekly sessions with a specialist teacher. There is some choice of examination, so you can be entered for the exams that suit you best.
You will frequently work with others in pairs and groups to practise speaking. You will play games, use language-learning websites, listen to recordings and view videos in the language laboratory to improve listening skills. You will read texts and possibly also learn how to write basic sentences. You will be taught how to express some opinions and how to use some basic grammatical structures. Individual study in the language resource base will be encouraged. We aim to give you the opportunity to meet native speakers so you can use your language in an authentic context.
Course Structure and Assessment
The examinations are divided into separate skills (Speaking & Listening and Reading & Writing) and are at Entry Level 3.
|Module title and content||Assessment|
|Reading The instructions will be in English and answers will usually be in the form of putting a cross or a letter in a box. A dictionary can be used for some assessments.||Assessments carried out at intervals throughout the course.|
|Writing The instructions will be in English. Some answers will require individual words in the appropriate script, while others will need simple sentences.||Assessments carried out at intervals throughout the course.|
|Reading & Writing The instructions will be in English. This will be a writing task based on a reading text, for example a reply to an email.||Assessments carried out at intervals throughout the course.|
|Three assessments will be chosen as part of a portfolio for the Reading & Writing certificate
|Speaking The speaking tests will be a presentation or an interview. Some assessments will be recorded.||Assessments carried out at intervals throughout the course.|
|Listening The questions and instructions are all in English. The answers are mostly multiple choice. You will hear each short extract more than once.||Assessments carried out at intervals throughout the course.|
|Speaking & Listening This will be a conversation where you will have to listen for information in order to respond to it. This will be recorded,||Assessments carried out at intervals throughout the course.|
|Three assessments have to be chosen as part of a portfolio for the Speaking & Listening certificate
Examination Board: ABC Awards