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Languages – Improvers

Modules 1, 2 & 3

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR): A1

Course length:

Module 1: 10 weeks (20 hours)

Module 2: 10 weeks (20 hours)

Module 3: 10 weeks (20 hours)

Course aims

Learners will be able to use a limited range of simple words and sentences to form statements and questions in familiar situations. They will be able to give a short talk on a familiar topic and take part in short dialogues in familiar situations.

Who is this course for?

Module 1:

  • For those who completed Beginners Plus
  • For those who previously studied the language for up to 60 hours (pre-GCSE level).

Module 2:

  • For those who completed Improvers Module 1
  • For those who previously studied the language for up to 80 hours.

Module 3:

  • For those who completed Improvers Module 2
  • For those who previously studied the language for up to 100 hours.

Course content

A wide range of topic areas will be covered, including:

  • Personal information, home and surroundings
  • Studying/working and health
  • Free time and entertainment, holidays and travelling
  • Using the new alphabet (for non-Roman script languages)
  • Cultural aspect
  • Distinction between formal and informal language if appropriate
  • Positive / negative structures
  • Basic connectors (e.g. therefore), prepositions
  • Adjectives / adverbs to create simple descriptions
  • Modal verbs (e.g. can, must, would like), requests for information
  • Permission to act (e.g. may I, can I)
  • Basic knowledge of simple structures to express past, present and future tenses/timeframes where appropriate
  • Simple numerical data

This is not an exhaustive list. Other topics and language functions may be added/replaced according to the needs of the language and the learners.

How will I be assessed?

This course has no formal qualification; however, your work in class will be assessed by your tutor in order to enhance your learning. You will be expected to take these assessments.

Throughout your course, you will be required to complete your Individual Learning Plan (or Personal Action Plan) which includes your learning objectives, long and short term goals.

You will have opportunities to review your own progress and reflect on how you can further improve your language skills. You will set up your own personal targets (task, project, etc.) which will be reviewed with your tutor via tutorials on a one-to-one basis.

A certificate of achievement may be requested on completion of the course.

What could this course lead to?

A course at Improvers Plus level*
*Please note that we cannot guarantee that this level will be offered as all courses are planned subject to sufficient demand.

How will I learn?

Using the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The emphasis at this level will be on acquiring and practising speaking and listening skills in order to get by in the country. There will be tutor input, group pair and individual work, and use of a range of audiovisual and IT resources. We aim to match the teaching to a wide range of individual learning styles and to make your learning enjoyable, challenging and rewarding. You will be given homework to complete after each session.

Some literacy, numeracy and IT skills can help you learn a language. We can give you guidance and support to acquire these.

Your commitments as a learner

  • Attend every session of your course. If you need to miss a class, please let your tutor know in advance; Learners should consider their personal commitments and circumstances that may prevent attendance before enrolling on a course as missed classes will affect their learning. Missed classes cannot be taken at another time;
  • Have sufficient time for self-study and completion of homework; In order to maximise your learning, we strongly recommend that you spend at least 15 minutes every day (2 hours per week) on self-study, homework, language practice, etc.
  • Complete the course
  • Complete all the assessments.

Our courses are funded by the government on that understanding.

What do I need to bring with me?

You will need to bring a pen, paper, ring-binder and you may be required to purchase a course book.

Other information

If you need to purchase a course book you can do this from European Schoolbooks Ltd and get a 10% discount.


From the "Please Select Your Establishment" dropdown menu - Click on Brasshouse Languages (Students).

A new dropdown menu will pop up titled "Please Select Your Class". Please click on the language you are taking.

A list of books will be displayed per language - Select the book advised by your tutor - Click on Buy Now
Please Note: You do not need to open an account, just click on Checkout as a guest.

Useful websites

The Birmingham Adult Education Service website

Brasshouse Languages website:

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