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Languages – Beginners Plus

Course aims

To enable you to understand and express simple ideas in the target language and exchange and find out basic information in familiar situations.

Course length

32 hours – usually 16 weekly sessions of 2 hours across a term

Who is this course for?

The course is suitable for:

  • those who have completed a beginners course
  • those who have previously studied the language for up to 30 hours
  • those with very basic knowledge of the language.

Course content

The course explores in more detail topics and functions covered at Beginners level:

  • personal information
  • eating and drinking
  • shopping and services
  • leisure
  • using the new alphabet (for non-Roman script languages)
  • formal and informal language if appropriate
  • negative structure
  • words used to link ideas g. and, but, also
  • how to ask questions
  • the basic rules of pronunciation
  • simple structures to express like / dislike
  • present tense / timeframe with frequently used verbs / structures
  • basic numerical data.

This is not an exhaustive list. Other topics and language functions may be added or replaced according to the needs of the language and the learners.

How will I be assessed?

French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish: ABC Award - Entry 3 Award in Reading and Writing

Arabic, Greek, Mandarin, Japanese and Russian: ABC Award - Entry 3 Award in Speaking and Listening

You will be expected to take a number of coursework assessments, as these courses are funded by the Government on that understanding

Other Languages: This course has no formal qualification; however your work in class will be assessed by your tutor in order to enhance your learning. You will be expected to take these assessments. A certificate of achievement will be awarded on completion of the course.

What could this course lead to?

The next level: Improvers*
*Please note that we cannot guarantee that this level will be offered as all courses are planned subject to sufficient demand.

How will I learn?

Using the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The emphasis at this level will be on acquiring and practising speaking and listening skills in order to get by in the country. There will be tutor input, group pair and individual work, and use of a range of audiovisual and IT resources. We aim to match the teaching to a wide range of individual learning styles and to make your learning enjoyable, challenging and rewarding. You will be given homework to complete after each session.

Some literacy, numeracy and IT skills can help you learn a language. We can give you guidance and support to acquire these.

NEW: You will have free access to Rosetta Stone resources for the duration of your course. Your tutor will give you further details at the start of the course.

Your commitments as a learner

To achieve success on the course you will need to attend regularly. If you need to miss a class, please let us know in advance. You will need to ensure that you allow sufficient time for self-study and complete any homework set. You will be expected to complete all assessments and complete the full course.

What do I need to bring with me?

You will need to bring a pen, paper, ring-binder and you may be required to purchase a course book.

Other Information

If you need to purchase a coursebook you can do this from European Schoolbooks Ltd and get a 10% discount.

Go to - Click on Partners,
From the Search Options – Stage 1 dropdown menu - Click on Brasshouse Languages.
A list of books will be displayed per language - Select the book advised by your tutor - Click on Buy Now
Please Note: You do not need to open an account, just click on Checkout as a guest.

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