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Assessing and developing learners' vocabulary
Assessing and developing learners' vocabulary (Code: C1233)

This interactive course is for you if your learners may have limited vocabulary and this impacts negatively on their performance. You will consider ways to assess your learners' vocabulary.

You will also be introduced to, and evaluate, some practical strategies to help your learners develop their vocabulary. In this course, participants will view and be encouraged to comment on a range of resources and best practice approaches.

Assessment in English: knowing your learners' starting points
Assessment in English: knowing your learners' starting points (Code: C1270)

This course considers strategies for identifying gaps, and areas that learners struggle with, to use as a starting point for their learning. English learners tend to be returning learners that don't wish to sit the qualifications in this subject again. By pinpointing these specific areas of difficulty, we can aim to make their learning experience different for them. Providing learners with a metacognitive understanding of their learning, so they are able to decipher what works for them, is invaluable to their experience.

Creative writing in GCSE and the challenges
Creative writing in GCSE and the challenges (Code: C1236)

This interactive course will explore ways to build learners' confidence and resilience around creative writing. It explores strategies for supporting learners to see themselves as writers, equipping them with the skills and knowledge to spark their creativity and imagination (especially when working with GCSE style picture and word prompts) and produce writing which consciously develops theme and narrative perspective.

The course activities give participants the opportunity to try out and evaluate suggestions for creative writing activities for themselves before using them with learners.

Critical writing: helping GCSE learners to write about reading
Critical writing: helping GCSE learners to write about reading (Code: C1235)

Critical analysis is a challenging skill for post-16 learners. Not only must they be accomplished at the underpinning reading skills but they must also learn to write in a very sophisticated way if they are to pick up the marks and recognition in the GCSE examination reading questions.

This course will explore that crossover between reading and writing and how to help learners to develop the skills of writing about their reading. We will investigate the much used PEED/L approach and consider and try out other strategies for helping learners to succeed in this area of English.


Developing grammar for reading and writing
Developing grammar for reading and writing (Code: C1245)

This interactive webinar aims to explore how knowledge and skills in grammar can be taught in imaginative ways through the active exploration of everyday and vocational texts.

It is the first of two linked webinars that explore the teaching of grammar and introduce ideas and teaching strategies that are then developed in the follow up webinar Investigating grammar: Supporting your learners to understand how texts work.

Developing our learners' phonics skills
Developing our learners' phonics skills (Code: C1268)

This course explores ways of using phonics to identify and plan for the needs of learners. You will reflect on common errors learners on FS and GCSE English courses make and be guided to explore phonics strategies for improvement.

It will be beneficial for teachers who have a basic knowledge of the key terminology and concepts involved in phonics and the principles and practices underpinning them.

Developing problem-solving, investigative and collaborative approaches to reading
Developing problem-solving, investigative and collaborative approaches to reading (Code: C1287)

Post 16 learners often have low self-esteem and resilience when it comes to their reading skills. Many feel that this is an area in which they have already 'failed'. Teachers also frequently experience a gap between learners' decoding and comprehension skills.

This course is the second of two to focus on reading skills for post-16 learners. It will help teachers to explore, try out and evaluate some reading approaches which encourage problem-solving and resilient reading behaviours.

Developing Speaking and Listening for Functional Skills English
Developing Speaking and Listening for Functional Skills English (Code: C1271)

This course looks at the Functional Skills English content for Speaking, Listening and Communicating to help you understand language requirements at different levels of the exam and why it needs to be taught separately. It will explore examples of practical activities for supporting learners with opportunities to share ideas. It will include not only what to say in different circumstances but how to say it, how to listen in ways that communication flows and language features to help learners make choices in their own usage helping them with further study, assessment, and employment.

Developing writing: teacher modelling and collaborative writing techniques
Developing writing: teacher modelling and collaborative writing techniques (Code: C1272)

This interactive course will explore a range of strategies and activities designed to support learners during the formative stages of the writing process. These will include teacher modelling, collaborative writing and activities which help learners revise and refine their writing.

English Functional Skills teaching (Level 5 module)
English Functional Skills teaching (Level 5 module) (Code: C1303)

This Level 5 CPD course supports practitioners working with Functional Skills English learners. You will explore and experience how to engage and motivate learners and undertake assessment to build on their prior learning. It is designed to meet the needs of all parts of the sector, including independent training providers, offender learning and adult and community education.

English GCSE Re-sits: Develop your Practice (Level 5 module)
English GCSE Re-sits: Develop your Practice (Level 5 module) (Code: C1291)

This Level 5 CPD course supports practitioners working with GCSE English learners, especially those who have achieved lower than a grade 4 at school. You will explore and experience how to engage and motivate learners and undertake assessment to build on their prior learning. You will experience digital approaches and other effective practices for leading GCSE English courses. Past delegates say the course was 'exemplary & inspiring' with 'excellent, highly knowledgeable trainers'. 

Helping GCSE resit learners to craft and control creative writing
Helping GCSE resit learners to craft and control creative writing (Code: C1274)

GCSE English learners need to see themselves as writers who craft, manipulate and control language and structures for effect if they are to be successful in the examination's creative writing task. This course explores how teachers can support learners to make decisions and control narrative voice, structure and time for effect in their creative writing. The course activities encourage participants to try out suggestions for writing activities before using them with their learners.

Helping post-16 learners to read with understanding and resilience
Helping post-16 learners to read with understanding and resilience (Code: C1275)

Learners often have low self-esteem and resilience to reading. Many feel that they have already 'failed'. This course explores how to develop learners' active reading skills by explicitly teaching some of the process and problem-solving strategies that proficient readers use automatically e.g. when good readers read, they consider what they are reading and how it fits with what they already know. You will try out and evaluate strategies through which support learners to build upon the schema that they have already developed and better understand and engage with the texts they encounter.

HOLEX - ACE ESD ESOL resources - Webinar to promote new sustainability resources for use in adult education ESOL
HOLEX - ACE ESD ESOL resources - Webinar to promote new sustainability resources for use in adult education ESOL (Code: C1285)

HOLEX has been working with a number of its members to produce some fantastic ESD resources for use specifically in ESOL classes with adult learners. This webinar aims to introduce you to the resources which will be available for you to download on the ETF website; you will be able to adopt and adapt these to use in your service.

The resources include an audit tool to establish where you are currently at (you may be doing more than you think!), a set of 'Sustainability Starts', a Green Week Toolkit and a set of resources specifically for a short course on local sustainability issues.

Integrating English into vocational training
Integrating English into vocational training (Code: C1248)

This interactive course aims to help teachers plan and deliver holistic learning activities that connect English to the learner's vocational area. All of the activities use the vocational area as the starting point.

The workshop focusses on two key areas: how to use the vocational area as the foundation for all English teaching and learning activities; and how to ensure that, as far as possible, activities are holistic and representative of what learners might find themselves undertaking in the workplace.

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