This course improves skills in English speaking, reading and writing to help non-native speakers to better integrate into the society in which they live and may work. FENNS (functional English for non-native speakers) classes are for post 16/adult learners who have the right to be resident in the UK.
By the end of the course students are expected to have progressed their English by one level. The course provides an opportunity to develop English language skills so that students can use English at home, in the workplace and in the community.
Classes start in September and finish in July. Students are expected to finish the course and take exams. The course will focus on developing all English language skills at the relevant level.
Students are taught in groups and helped through discussion, written work, role play, CDs, DVDs and worksheets to develop their language skills. By the end of the course students will have gained a Functional Skills English qualification upon successful completion of exams.
Students need to attend an Induction Session at Newbury College to assess their current level of English.
FENNS classes are free for students who have lived in the UK for three years, have taken up permanent residence in the UK, are refugees, are spouses of British Citizens, are EU citizens or are under 19.
Students are required to provide proof of identity at the interview stage (passports, Home Office documents, Identity cards).
If students do not meet these entry requirements, they may join these classes but there will be an overseas charge.
Students should have a good range of elementary/pre-intermediate English vocabulary. Students should also be able to read and write simple sentences, emails, notes and messages. Finally, small group discussions are a part of the course, so learners should be comfortable talking in small groups.
Edexcel Functional Skills Qualification in English Entry 2
FENNS students will be asked to attend an initial interview and assessment to determine their level of language skills. Further written, speaking and listening assessments will take place in class. The student and tutor will negotiate an individual learning programme and set individual targets. Class assessments are on-going and controlled assessments will take place when the teacher feels that the students are ready.
Students are expected to practise their English skills outside of class times and will be set one to two hours of homework per week.
This course does not require learners to participate in work experience.
FENNS students can progress to the next level of FENNS to help them develop their language skills further. Some students who complete Entry Level 3 may progress onto vocational courses. Some students who have completed Level 2 may progress to GCSE English or other courses in college, employment or further training.
Fees and Additional Costs
Students are expected to purchase a course book which will cost approximately £25.