april, 2024

2024tue23apr(apr 23)10:00 amtue02jul(jul 2)12:00 pmEnglish for Work: ImproversFunded Short Course suitable for learners where English is not their first languageColeridge Community CollegeDay:Tuesday length of course: 10 weeks

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April 23 (Tuesday) 10:00 am - July 2 (Tuesday) 12:00 pm


Coleridge Community College

Radegund Rd, Cambridge CB1 3RJ

length of course

10 weeks


Course details

Brief Description:

This Basic English course in Cambridge is aimed at learners who have some basic English, but are not complete beginners. The course will help you to understand and speak English with more confidence and ability. Lessons will focus on language needed for daily life in the UK and topics will include travel, shopping, visiting the doctor, where you live, going to school, sport, and so on. There will be practice for social conversations, and you will improve your vocabulary and learn to speak grammatically. The lessons will include some basic grammar, speaking and listening, pronunciation work, reading and writing. There is no formal exam associated with this course.
The course is funded per term; you may find, as most learners do, that you will need more than one term to be prepared for any higher level courses or future exams (if you choose to enter for them). If this is the case you will be offered the opportunity to re-enrol and pay for another term (or if still available we may be able to fund you again).

Eligibility to gain a funded place:

You must be over 19 years old and have lived in the UK / an EU country for the last 3 years, assessment before placement is essential; please call the office on 01223 712340 for further information and other funding requirements. There will be some paperwork to complete. Learners are encouraged to get help from a friend/family member who can translate wording and the meanings.

Previous Experience and Knowledge Needed?

Some English is needed. An assessment test is needed for placement purposes. To book an appointment call the office on 01223 712340.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Make Introductions, use clothes vocabulary, prepositions of place, describing a picture using present continuous.
  • Talk about famous events in history, describe actions in progress in the past, prepositions of time, use of present continuous.
  • Learn new vocabulary, use of relative pronouns and defining relative clauses, describe and identify people, places and objects, useful expressions and phrases.
  • Talk about weekend activities, use of something, anything, nothing, somebody etc. use of adjectives ending in ed and ing, ask and answer questions about free time.
  • Shopping and Fashion Design vocabulary, use of Present Perfect or simple Past, making questions and answers, class discussion about shopping habits.
  • Food and cooking, food preparation and health, simple present and continuous, action and non-action verbs, useful language for giving your opinion.

Extra costs on the course for example text book, materials or equipment:

No course book is required. The tutor will supply you with photocopied material.

For the first session you will need to bring:

Notebook and pen/pencil

Examination Fees:

There is no exam attached to this course

On completion of this course, what might your next steps be?

The tutor will advise you.
The Adult Learn and Train office is also able to give course information or search for alternative courses for you.


Assessment before booking is ESSENTIAL. Please contact the office 01223 712340 to discuss funding and for an assessment.


Alex BellHi, my name’s Alejandro (Alex) Bell. I’m a CELTA qualified English teacher and long-term Cambridge resident. I’ve taught children and adults at various levels, both individually and in groups, for about six years in the UK, South America most recently China. I believe group participation and involvement is paramount when learning any new skill and try to incorporate these into my classes, hopefully with an element of fun. I hope to become a useful addition to an excellent educational team, guiding and helping students to achieve their communication goals.

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