Basic English?

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I've seen that you have a basic Maths Course although no basic English. Is there any way this can be added? I'd like to be able to make sure my English is as good as it was when I was at school as I am doing a TA course.
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Lauren Brazier

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Rebecca Lucy Bath

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good idea, english is very helpful, english involves alot like handwriting, spaces, paragraphs, writing letters, cvs etc. It would be great to touch up on these in a basic english course. Great idea Lauren!
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In my opinion, to do a TA course, you must already have a good level of English language! How would you read, understand and answer the tests of this course if you don't know English? :D I understand that offering a short basic English course with SAC can benefit some people, but really, to work in education, especially with children, even if you'll be an assistant in a kindergarten, you need to have a good level of English (not just basic in my opinion). If there is no English course with SAC and you wish to refresh your knowledge, there are websites that can help you FOR FREE. :D
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Lauren Brazier

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My English is fine, I got my GSCE's and everything, I just often worry when I fill out forms that my English is terrible. I haven't done English in 8 years and recently been learning that all the things I were taught are wrong, such as never using a comma before and, as well as i before e except after c isn't always correct (Thank You QI)
I often worry the ways of the internet has dumbed my English down.
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Oh dear, I understand now. It's true mobile phones and social networks can have a negative impact on grammar and our language use in general.
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UrsulaO

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there should be other language courses like basic french and spanish, not just english..
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Lauren Brazier

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Well I was thinking English as English and Maths are priorities in schools aren't they? As well as maybe helpful for business transactions. It's so easy to forget simple grammer and spelling once you leave school and English is my first language being that I'm English/British and I am still worrying it won't be good enough for the School environment.
Although various basic language courses would be good I've been trying to learn Italian for two years and a course would br the forced push I need to actually try harder. Also as this college caters to the whole world a French person might want a recap of the correct grammer usage of their language the same as I am asking of English.
The only problem is asking for a basic French/Spanish/Italian can go two ways, it can be a basic course of learning the language as a second language or it can be as I stated above and a bit like a recap of your native language.
The same could be said of basic English, as a recap or as a new language to those who are trying to improve... Actually Stonebridge could do well if they ran both kinds in varying languages.
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I see your point clearly now. In fact, I'm myself non-Native English Speaker, lol! (French is my mother tongue). I was thinking that to take courses with Stonebridge, one needs a certain level of English, that's why your post surprised me at first, lol. But now that you explained, I understand you.
In case you're looking for some free English language course, I'd recommend this link: http://alison.com/learn/english, it's an Irish website, but it's international. You will love it, because it's free, and it's full of interesting stuff to learn! :D
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I have to fill out a lot of forms for work (When children fight or have an accident) and I always worry the teacher laughs at my bad grammar etc... Like I said previously I've only just found out you can have a comma before and... Example "I am a fish, and I like mice." (Terrible made up sentence) I was always told no comma before and. Very confusing. I don't like the idea of working in a school and saying to a child oh that's not correct and it turns out I'm wrong because I forgot what I learnt 8 years ago.
Thank you for the website though Astral I shall enjoy looking through it.
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Interesting website, astral, tnx for sharing it.
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UrsulaO

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i agree with u lauren, i think a basic english course would be helpful to many students
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I think a basic English course would be good too - even if our English is o.k. it doesn't hurt to recap on things and also just confirm what we do already know! Nowadays we all text and write in an abbreviated form so tend to be lazy - well I do anyway. Looking back over this I will spot several grammar errors .... maybe I need a basic English course more than anyone lol!
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You're welcome, Lauren.
I found another link regarding the use of commas in English: http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/gramma...
Tricky rules, isn't it? lol!
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I'm a Native speaker yet make lot of mistakes in english, ROFL!!
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UrsulaO

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haha! me too!
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thats an excellent idea!