Doug Larson (cartoonist)
Teacher: Felicity Markdal Lessons: 4 /week
English is an international language which is used in a diverse array of settings throughout the world. This course will aim to improve and expand your English skills in specific areas relating to study and work.
The course will address both oral and written skills, with opportunities to practice and improve in the areas that really matter to you.
In the first part of the course we will look at you as an individual; what do you already feel comfortable undertaking in English? What are your areas of strength and weakness? And what do you imagine doing with your future? In answering these questions we will be able to design a course that best meets the needs and desires of the participants.
During the second part of the course we will concentrate on the language skills needed to navigate the working world in English. The areas we will look into will include:
Job Hunting – where do I look? What do the adverts mean? What will be expected of me and how do I network?
CV Writing – how do I write a convincing CV? What are the contents? How do I adapt it as well as video and visual CV’s.
Cover Letters – What do I say to convince people I am the best candidate?
Interview Practice – Role playing interview situations to understand what might happen.
In the third part of the course we will look into preparing you for studies in English at universities around the world. We will try and prepare you for this experience by examining the structure of the TOEFL test (Test of English as a Foreign Language), look into the expectations of higher educational institutions in the UK and Scandinavia, and finally how to write applications for these institutions.
The final part of the course will look at film, music and literature, expanding the understanding and vocabulary of participants through engaging in the more cultural and social aspects of the language. We will look at both modern and historic examples and expand not only our understanding but our “love” for the English language. Examples of what we might look at include: Slang through the Ages, British Culture from Robin Hood to the Beast of Bodmin Moor, and Music & Language.