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Basic English course timetables

Brief description

A supported class for adults with learning difficulties who want to develop their reading, writing and speaking, listening and communication skills.

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

People who want to improve their basic literacy and communication skills and become more confident in a supported environment.

Course description in brief

A supported class for adults with learning difficulties who want to develop their reading, writing and speaking, listening and communication skills.

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    To understand the things you read betterTo express an opinion and join in discussions about everyday thingsTo feel more confident when filling out formsTo read, write and spell some personal details / key wordsTo write short, simple texts e.g. lists, notes, with support if necessary

Do I need any skills, experience or qualifications before I join the course?


What equipment will I need for the course?


What materials will I need for the course?


What activities will I take part in and how will my course be structured?

Learners will work at their own level of ability and pace, with support if necessary, towards individual goals that are negotiated with the tutor.Each session will start with learners sharing their news within the group, and a short discussion on a topical issue. This will give the opportunity to practise listening and conversational skills regularly throughout the course.Learners will work individually and take part in various group activities designed to encourage team building and enhance social and communication skills

What will be expected of me in terms of personal or time commitment?

To attend class each week and to arrive on time.To work with the tutor to develop an individual learning plan and negotiate personal learning goals which will be reviewed regularly.

How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?

Through discussions with the tutor, who will assess your learning each session to see that learning outcomes have been met and give regular verbal feedback.You will keep a record of your learning in the form of a ‘Learner Diary’ which will also include written feedback from the tutor.You will have regular, termly reviews when your progress will be measured against your targets and formerly recorded on the ILP

What could I go on to do after I have finished the course?

Progress onto another English course at a higher level.Join a class to improve your Maths or IT skillsJoin another sort of class at Swarthmore / another college

How will I say what I think about the course?

At the end of the course learners will complete a confidential feedback form.

Available timetables for this course

Please make a note of the course Ref for the course you are interested in.

Course Ref Hours per week Days(s) Time Course Dates Costs
L134 2 Tuesday 1pm – 3pm 25 Sep 2018 to 18 Jun 2019 (29 weeks) Free course £0.00 (funder_code:L)

Course Funding

Swarthmore provides a variety of courses some of which are subsidised by public funding.

Courses with course codes pre-fixed by a letter ‘F’, ‘L’ or ‘N’ are subsidised and have age restrictions.

  • ‘F’: courses are accredited and are funded by the ‘Skills Funding Agency’ for those aged 16 and over.
  • ‘L’ & ‘N’ courses for those aged 19 and over.
  • ‘L’ courses are supported by Leeds City Council for Leeds Metropolitan area residents, priority given to those living in disadvantaged areas, people not in employment and/or in receipt of benefits, those with low skills, no qualifications, disadvantaged groups or individuals with specific needs e.g. lone parents, BAME groups, adults with LDD.

For information funding and eligibility see the ‘costs’ page.

Unless stated otherwise - all courses take place at Swarthmore Education Centre Leeds

What next?

To enrol in a course complete the enrolment form on the download page using the correct course reference (Course Ref) from above.