English for life and work - virtual (14RW59AL/22)

Online Course

Course details

Course dates and times
Starting on 17 Apr 2023 and running until 10 Jul 2023

You might not realise it, but you use your English skills every day in all areas of your life, whether at home, at work or out and about in your community. Improving your English will help you to develop your skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening and give you the confidence you need to apply these wherever you are. So, if you’d like to advance your English and achieve a qualification to show off your skills, then this learning opportunity could be just what you’re looking for.

Our English for Life and Work virtual courses are focused 11-week programmes designed to enable you to develop your English skills and to gain a nationally recognised Level 1 or Level 2 Functional Skills qualification. This virtual course is held over Microsoft Teams, so you can join the sessions from the comfort of your own home.

You’ll start your learning by joining an informal virtual support session, where you’ll meet one of our tutors, discuss what it is you want to achieve and do some skills checks to help you to decide your next steps. Depending on your current level of skill, this may involve spending more time in the virtual Spotlight on English support sessions to build your skills and confidence or moving directly into the Life and Work qualification course.

To support you to achieve your qualification there is an expectation that you will complete a minimum of one hour of independent study per week to ensure that you are ready for your assessments; your tutor will discuss this with you and ensure that you have the support you need to achieve your goals.

What are you doing to keep learners safe?

The safety of our learners and staff is our top priority and we’ve made some big changes to our centres, from socially-distanced training rooms to staggered start times. If you choose to attend one of our classrooms in a centre then things will look different, but our staff will be as friendly and helpful as ever and are really excited to welcome learners back. Of course, if you choose to attend our virtual classroom from home, then that is fine too. Our staff and tutors have been really busy over the last few months ensuring that we can provide you will the same quality of teaching and learning virtually as we do in the classroom.

If you’re concerned about visiting one of our centres, please get in touch so we can discuss it with you.

What will I learn?

You will be able to develop your skills in the three main aspects of English:


You’ll learn about different kinds of texts and practise a range of strategies for picking out key information and details. You’ll also learn how to tell the difference between fact and opinion and how different types of information can be laid out using subheadings, bullet points and images.


You’ll learn how to write in a range of formats, such as articles, letters and reports and learn how to write in different styles and for a variety of audiences. You’ll also learn spelling and grammar rules and how to use a broad range of punctuation, such as apostrophes, quotation marks and commas.

Speaking, listening and communication:

You’ll learn how to present facts and opinions on a range of topics by taking part in discussions and delivering short talks to the rest of the group. You’ll also learn effective questioning and answering techniques, as well as how to improve your confidence in speaking to groups of people.

What is it like to learn with East Riding Adult Learning and Employability?

At East Riding Adult Learning and Employability we pride ourselves on the support we give to our learners, from the very first phone call, right through to achieving your learning aims and beyond to ensure that you have the skills, knowledge and resources you need to reach your goals.

When you enrol onto this English course your tutor will work with you to give you advice on the best ways to develop your skills and which level of qualification you should work towards. They will discuss with you all of the support we have available and together you will plan out your learning journey.

All of our English support sessions and functional skills courses take place in small, friendly and welcoming classes, where you will have the opportunity to take part in activities to practice your skills both independently and as part of a group.

You’ll have regular 1-1 time with your tutor to discuss your progress and to identify opportunities for further development. Your tutor will work with you to make sure that you always have the support you need and will also give you information about opportunities to develop your maths or digital skills, exercise your creativity or improve your health and wellbeing. If you’re looking for work or aiming for a change of role, then your tutor will make you aware of the employability programmes we have available to support you in achieving your employment goals.

What do I need to join the course?

You must be able to demonstrate English skills at Level 1 to be able to join this virtual Level 2 English course and be committed to attending the sessions and achieving your qualification.

As this course will be delivered virtually through Microsoft Teams you will need to ensure that you are able to connect to the internet, have access to a web browser (such as Goole Chrome or Microsoft Edge) and are confident in using a laptop or a PC as all teaching and learning activities will take place online; this will involve the use of web-based resources, as well as Microsoft Word.

What do I need to provide for the first session?

You will need access to the internet and a laptop or PC. You might like to use a headset and microphone during the session, although this is not essential.

In addition, you will need to install the Microsoft Teams app on your device. This is available as a free download; if you need any support in installing the app, please contact us on 01482 887670 or email learn@eastriding.gov.uk as soon as possible before your course starts.

If you have never attended virtual training before we recommend that you attend our short Preparing for virtual learning course before your English course begins, although this is not essential. To enrol, please search for the course on our course finder or contact us on one of the methods above.

What could I do next?

When you’ve completed your learning, you will have the opportunity to discuss your next steps with our team. You might choose to move on to a related subject, such as creative writing or poetry, or you might choose to go on to develop your maths or digital skills.

Can we help you to learn?

You can find more information on the Financial help and additional support page or you can contact us to talk about this and any other support we can provide.