About this course
What is it?
The English Short Course accredits up to 60 hours of English language and literature activities. The challenges can be seen as preparation for coursework, as well as assessment opportunities. They can also underpin study of pre-release material and preparation for some elements of GCSE English language and literature examinations.
The flexibility of ASDAN's Short Courses means they can be carried out in a variety of settings, over a time period to suit the individual or co-ordinating centre. Challenge descriptions can be interpreted and adapted according to the situation.
Short Courses can be completed using the student book or are available for learners to complete online through the ASDAN e-portfolio system. Learners log in to complete challenges, record skills development and upload evidence. Tutors can view learner progress and sign off work, leaving feedback as needed.
Who is it for?
Short Courses are widely used in formal and non-formal settings, by 13-19 year olds. Because they are multi-level, the focus is on completing challenges and skills development according to individual ability, although learners are expected to be working at Entry level 3 to Level 1.
Facts and Figures
Learners must present evidence of their activities in an organised portfolio or e-portfolio.
This will contain:
- a record of challenges completed, with supporting evidence for each challenge
- recording documents, showing how learners have planned and reviewed their activities
- summary of achievement, highlighting skills development
- personal statement
The English Short Course contains six modules:
- Developing communication skills
- Speaking and listening
- Reading and writing styles
- Reading for pleasure
- Writing for a purpose
- Reading for a purpose
Each learner will need their own copy of the Short Course student book or an e-portfolio login – this contains the challenge content and recording documents.
A free set of downloadable tutor notes to support the English Short Course containing guidance for each challenge and suggested resources are available to centres registered for Short Courses in the members area.
A quick guide to Short Courses is also available to support the delivery of all ASDAN Short Courses. This document offers advice and guidance for tutors, including a step-by-step guide to delivery.
1. Staff training
• The members of staff with overall responsibility for delivery should attend an ASDAN introductory workshop, webinar or an INSET.
• Training to deliver Short Courses is not a mandatory requirement, however it is highly recommended to ensure that the centre and learners obtain the maximum benefit from the programme.
2. Register with ASDAN
• You will need to have ASDAN Programmes membership to deliver Short Courses. Membership allows centres to purchase materials and access support from ASDAN, including regular mailings and updates.
• Become a member at: asdan.org.uk/membership or manage your existing membership at: asdan.org.uk/membership-details
3. Create a new cohort
• Create a new cohort using the ASDAN website: asdan.org.uk/member/cohorts
• Specify a course co-ordinator, the expected completion date and the number of learners taking the course.
- Select student books for your learners.
- Or, assign tutors and generate login details for learners via the tutor portal: tutor.asdan.org.uk
4. Purchase supporting resources
• Buy optional supporting resources below.
• Learners can log in to their e-portfolio at eportfolio.asdan.org.uk
• Deliver the course to your learners. Resources, such as skills sheets, can be accessed through the e-portfolio and downloaded from this page.
6. Internal moderation
• Internally moderate all e-portfolios to ensure that learners have met the full requirements of the course. Ensure learners are given time to make any necessary amendments. Internal moderation checklists are provided to support this process.
• While Short Courses are not externally moderated, ASDAN reserves the right to sample learners’ portfolios for quality assurance purposes.
• After successful internal moderation, confirm your learner names and details claim certificates via the tutor portal: tutor.asdan.org.uk
• Choose a free downloadable PDF certificate, or request printed and foiled certificates from ASDAN at an extra cost.
• Certificates will be posted to the Short Course co-ordinator for your centre within 20 days.
• If credits gained from a Short Course are being used towards another programme or qualification, you must ensure that both the Short Course certificate and the student’s portfolio are presented at external moderation.
ASDAN training events are delivered by experts to enable your centre to successfully run our courses. They provide an introduction to the course, along with guidance on the processes involved, course delivery and moderation.
All costs shown below are per candidate, unless otherwise stated. Each learner will need their own copy of the student book.
|English Short Course student book
|English Short Course PDF certificate
|English Short Course printed and foiled certificate (optional, per learner, per Short Course)
Products can be purchased below.
English Short Course student bookBuy here
English Short Course - 1B7: Alternative communication methods
This resource encourages learners to explore a range of different methods of communication: a foreign language, Braille, sign language and Morse code. This resource links to challenge 1B7 of the English Short Course.
English Short Course - 2A1: 60-second presentation topics
These cards can be cut out and used in a lucky dip for learners to select topics for their 60-second presentations on a random topic. A blank template sheet is included for staff (and learners) to add their own ideas. This resource links to challenge 2A1 of the English Short Course. You could carry out this challenge using the rules from the radio show Just A Minute. In this, speakers need to speak for one minute without deviation, repetition or hesitation. If they do, other participants can lodge a challenge and take over the topic. Words such as a, the or and are allowed to be repeated, as can the title of the topic. Contestants get a point for correctly interrupting if they spot someone repeating, deviating or hesitating, and whoever is speaking at the end of 60 seconds gets a point. If someone can talk for the whole minute, an extra point is given.
English Short Course - 3A7: Character illustration template
This resource links to challenge 3A7 from the English Short Course, which asks learners to choose a character from a piece of prose and use 10 quotations to create a labelled illustration of that character. Learners should consider both physical appearance and the personality of their chosen character when choosing their quotations.nnPage 1 provides a template for learners to illustrate their chosen character and page 2 can be used to record the 10 quotations.
English Short Course: Observation checklist - discussion
This observation checklist can be used to record learners' participation in group discussions. There are templates for two discussions, allowing learners to view their progress as they practise their discussion skills. This resource links to challenges 2A3, 2B1 and 3A8 of the English Short Course.
English Short Course: Observation checklist - oral presentation
This observation checklist can be used to record learners' performance in planning and giving an oral presentation. This resource links to challenges 1A7, 2B2 and 6A7 of the English Short Course.
English Short Course - 4A1: Comparing a book with a film adaptation - Harry Potter
These worksheets can be used to compare one of the Harry Potter books with the film adaptation. Learners should record some of the key similarities and differences between the book and film, before working in pairs to exploring one similarity and one difference in more detail. This resource links to challenge 4A1 from the English Short Course. This resource has been created to add a Harry Potter theme to challenges from the English Short Course. It is not an official Harry Potter product and has not been endorsed by JK Rowling or Warner Bros Entertainment Inc.
English Short Course - 4A1: Comparing a book with a film adaptation
These worksheets can be used to compare a horror novel with the film adaptation. Learners should record some of the key similarities and differences between the book and film, before working in pairs to exploring one similarity and one difference in more detail. This resource links to challenge 4A1 from the English Short Course.
Evaluation chart (individual)
This evaluation chart can be used by learners to evaluate a six-week individual activity. Learners are asked to mark on the graph each week to show what they did and how they felt; at the end of the project the learner should join up the marks to give a picture of the whole activity. This resource is particularly suited to challenges in Short Courses, Personal Development Programmes (Bronze, Silver, Gold), CoPE and Wider Key Skills.
Evaluation chart (group)
This evaluation chart can be used by learners to evaluate a six-week group activity. Each member of the group should choose a different colour and mark on the graph each week to show what they did and how they felt. At the end of the project, each group member then joins up their marks to give a picture of the whole activity. This resource is particularly suited to challenges in Short Courses, Personal Development Programmes (Bronze, Silver, Gold), CoPE and Wider Key Skills.
Planning a group or team task
This resource can be used when planning a group or team task. It links particularly well to ASDAN's Short Course programmes.
This generic self-evaluation template can be used by learners to evaluate almost any group activity. Learners are asked to record how they felt about the activity and pick out the best and worst bits, before reflecting on what they could do better next time. This resource is particularly suited to challenges in Short Courses, Personal Development Programmes (Bronze, Silver, Gold), CoPE and Wider Key Skills.
Teamwork health check
This generic teamwork health check template can support a wide range of group activities. Learners are asked to come up with a list of agreed ground rules for good teamwork, then rate each group member's performance against these criteria. This resource is particularly suited to challenges in Short Courses, Personal Development Programmes (Bronze, Silver, Gold), CoPE and Wider Key Skills.
Short Courses: summary of achievement and personal statement (PDF version)
Short Courses: summary of achievement and personal statement (Word version)
Short Courses: skills sheet 1 (PDF version)
Short Courses: skills sheet 1 (Word version)
Short Courses: skills sheet 2 (PDF version)
Short Courses: skills sheet 2 (Word version)
Short Courses: skills sheet 3 (PDF version)
Short Courses: skills sheet 3 (Word version)