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Everyday English 1

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Everyday English 1
Everyday English 1

Would you like to improve your current English skills or perhaps remember areas you may have forgotten? This free course serves as good preparation for studying the formal English Essential Skills Level 1, which is available in Wales.  Whilst the course does not cover all aspects of the current  English Functional Skills Level 1 curriculum, available in England, you will learn tips and techniques to help you communicate more effectively in everyday life.  

Working through the examples and interactive activities in this course will help you to understand the different ways in which we communicate and how to use simple techniques to improve your self confidence in taking part in discussions or writing letters or emails.

Enrolling on this course will give you the opportunity to earn an Open University digital badge. The badge is a great way to demonstrate your interest in the subject. What you learn by completing the course will really help if you wish to enrol on a formal qualification.

Once you are signed in, you can manage your digital badges online from your OpenLearn Profile. In addition, you can download and print your OpenLearn Statement of participation – which also displays your badge.

This course has been produced as part of the Department for Education’s Flexible Learning Fund, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and with the kind support of Dangoor Education, the educational arm of The Exilarch’s Foundation.


This course was written by Bedford College Group in partnership with Middlesbrough College, West Herts College and The Open University, in collaboration with Coleg Cambria, Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales, Coleg Gwent and the NPTC Group of Colleges.

Everyday English 1

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Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand how to make a range of relevant and extended contributions to formal and informal discussions
  • read and understand the main points and ideas in a range of straightforward texts
  • utilise information contained in various texts and identify suitable responses
  • construct a range of texts to communicate information, ideas and opinions
  • utilise accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar to communicate clearly in writing.

First Published: 13/11/2018

Updated: 20/01/2020

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