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Languages – Improvers Plus

Course aims

Learners will be able to use a limited range of simple words and sentences to form statements and questions in familiar situations. They will be able to give a short talk on a familiar topic and take part in short dialogues in familiar situations.

Who is this course for?

For learners who:

  • have completed “Improvers” level
  • have previously studied the language for up to 100 hrs
  • have completed GCSE some time ago
  • have completed an A1 qualification in the language (European framework)
  • have some knowledge of the language (who are able to talk about future and past events).

Course content

Topics covered at Improvers level will be examined in more detail:

  • meeting people, professional life, the house & home, free time and entertainment
  • using the new alphabet (for non-Roman script languages)
  • distinction between formal and informal language if appropriate
  • basic connectors (e.g. therefore), prepositions
  • adjectives / adverbs to create simple descriptions
  • modal verbs (e.g. can, must, would like)
  • basic knowledge of simple structures to express past, present and future tenses/timeframes where appropriate
  • simple numerical data

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

Course details

Arabic, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish

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

How will I be assessed?
ABC Level 1 Award in Reading & Writing - You will be expected to take a number of coursework assessments, as these courses are funded by the government on that understanding.

Will I gain any qualifications?
ABC Level 1 Award in Reading & Writing

Dutch, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Swedish and Welsh

Course length
66 hours – usually 33 weekly sessions of 2 hours across 3 terms.

How will I be assessed?
Your work in class will be assessed by your tutor in order to enhance your learning. You will be expected to take these assessments.

Will I gain any qualifications?
This course has no formal qualification. A certificate of achievement will be awarded on completion of the course.

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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