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Monday to Friday FREE
A view of the King's Library
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  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7797
  • Email: learning@bl.uk
  • Admission: Free entry

A workshop designed to support ESOL learners at levels E2, E3, L1 and L2.

This creative workshop introduces participants to the British Library and our exciting collection items on display in the Treasures Gallery.

Participants will begin by exploring the building and asking questions to find out: what sort of library is this? What is its purpose? Who visits the British Library? The group will then move to the Treasures Gallery to look at books, manuscripts, diaries and letters on display and identify the different ways in which writing and language is used. Through discussion and activities, participants will investigate how vocabulary, format and style vary according to its purpose. During the workshop, groups will be given activity sheets on which to write down and record their ideas.

The workshop aims to:

• Introduce participants to the British Library, its building, collections and resources

• Develop confidence in using language effectively

• Develop an understanding of the different uses of written English and English language

• Inspire participants to return to the Library independently for further visits

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Age group: Suitable for FE students learning English at levels E2, E3, L1 and L2
When: Monday to Friday
Length: 90 minutes. Please allow more time after your workshop to explore the galleries and public spaces.
Group size:

minimum 10, maximum 20 per session

Key skills: English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)
Price: Admission: Free entry
Enquiries: +44 (0)20 7412 7797
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