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The Open University

Everyday English 1

The Open University via OpenLearn

Overview

This free course, Everyday English 1, will develop and improve your essential speaking and listening, reading and writing skills for work, study and everyday life.

Syllabus

  • Introduction and guidance
  • Introduction and guidance
  • What is a badged course?
  • How to get a badge
  • Session1Speaking and listening
  • Introduction
  • 1 Speaking and listening in everyday life
  • 1.1 Speaking
  • 1.2 Articulation, volume and speed
  • Articulation
  • Volume
  • Speed
  • 1.3 Listening
  • When should you listen carefully?
  • Responding appropriately
  • 1.4 Body language
  • 1.5 Discussions
  • 2 Formal and informal language
  • 2.1 Register
  • 2.2 Tone
  • 2.3 Being informal
  • 3 Non-verbal communication
  • 3.1 Expressions
  • 3.2 Verbal signals
  • 3.3 Body language
  • 4 Taking part in discussions
  • 4.1 Types of discussion
  • 4.2 Asking questions
  • 4.3 Answering questions
  • 4.4 Disagreeing
  • 4.5 Taking turns
  • 4.6 Encouraging others
  • 4.7 Making your point
  • 4.8 Speaking and listening assessments
  • 5 This session’s quiz
  • 6 Summary
  • Acknowledgements
  • Session2Reading
  • Introduction
  • 1 The texts you read
  • 1.1 What do you read?
  • 1.2 Why do you read?
  • 1.3 Being an active reader
  • 1.4 The purpose of texts
  • 1.5 Texts that instruct
  • 1.6 Texts that describe or explain
  • 1.7 Texts that persuade
  • 1.8 Texts that inform
  • 1.9 Intended audience
  • 2 Ways of reading
  • 2.1 Skimming or skim-reading
  • 2.2 Scanning
  • 2.3 Finding the main points
  • 2.4 Reading in depth
  • 2.5 Finding your way around texts
  • 3 Structure, presentation and layout
  • 3.1 Structure
  • 3.2 Layout and presentation
  • 3.3 Images
  • 4 Reading for detail
  • 4.1 Reading longer texts
  • 4.2 Answering the question
  • 5 Using the information you read
  • 5.1 To read or not to read
  • 5.2 Facts and opinions
  • 5.3 Finding and using information
  • 6 Reading different texts
  • 6.1 Reading for fun
  • 6.2 Highlighting the main points
  • 6.3 Reading important texts
  • 6.4 Topic sentences
  • 6.5 Guidance on reading assessments
  • 7 This session’s quiz
  • 8 Summary
  • Acknowledgements
  • Session3Writing
  • Introduction
  • 1 The writing process
  • 1.1 What you write down
  • 1.2 Planning writing
  • 1.3 Drafting
  • 1.4 Editing your writing
  • 1.5 Final version
  • 2 What you write
  • 2.1 Letters
  • 2.2 Emails
  • 2.3 Articles and news reports
  • 2.4 Speeches
  • 3 Spelling
  • 3.1 Look Say Cover Write Check
  • 3.2 Commonly misspelled words
  • 3.3 Memory aids
  • 3.4 Homophones
  • 3.5 Common spelling patterns and the exceptions
  • 3.6 New words
  • 3.7 Correcting your spelling
  • 4 Grammar
  • 4.1 Proper sentences
  • 4.2 Subjects and verbs
  • 4.3 Longer sentences
  • 4.4 Past, present and future
  • 4.5 Verb and subject agreement
  • 5 Punctuation
  • 5.1 Capital letters
  • 5.2 Ending sentences
  • 5.3 Commas
  • 5.4 Apostrophes
  • 5.5 Punctuation practice
  • 6 Writing for real
  • 6.1 Paragraphs
  • 6.2 Handwriting
  • 6.3 Writing for assessments
  • 6.4 Self-assessing
  • 7 End of course quiz
  • 8 Summary
  • End of course summary
  • Acknowledgements

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