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1 General English Intermediate CEFR Level: B1 Author of the syllabus: Nicole E. Schwab Phone: Signature and stamp: Coordinator: Erik L. Dostal Phone: Signature and stamp:

2 General English Intermediate CEFR Level B1 CEFR start: A2+ CEFR end: B2 Syllabus M-F Open Course duration: 36 lessons 90 minutes each CA Institute of Languages Overview CA Institute s General English courses are designed for students who are seeking to further expand their understanding and fluency in the English language. Goals Students should be able to maintain conversations about a variety of subjects, as well as describe experiences, dreams, hopes and ambitions, and narrate events as a linear sequence of events. They will be able to understand written texts on subjects related to their own field of interest and follow the main points of extended discussion and radio news bulletins. They will also be able to write detailed descriptions and accounts of experiences, including their feelings and reactions. End of course CAN DO statements n I can introduce myself to others, speaking about likes and dislikes n I can explain how something works. Comparing old with new. n I can exchange information expressing views about various topics n I can explain and ask about changes n I can discuss future plans n I can give advice and recommendations Materials English Result Intermediate Student's book English Result Intermediate Workbook New English File Intermediate Other resources Film, documentaries, TV, projector, internet, dictionaries, special projects Milestones Weekly quizzes Mid-term exam Final exam Certificate upon completion Special activities Weekend courses Intensives Movie night Much more.

3 n I can participate in a discussion n I can give an informal presentation n I can discuss problems n I can plan a future contact n I can appraise performance and set objectives n I can report back n I can writing s, letters, invoices, memos and other documents using formal and informal English n I can read texts and discuss the contents of the readings n I can make arrangements and problem solve n I can discuss travel Prerequisites Pre-intermediate understanding of English A2+ according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Requirements It is necessary to be flexible and prepared. Please complete all assignments beforehand and bring the following to class: 1. Laptop 2. Articles, textbooks, documents and homework Topic Outline / Schedule Important Note: Refer to the course calendar for specific meeting dates and times. Activity and assignment details will be explained in detail within each week's corresponding learning module. If you have any questions, please contact your instructor. n Lesson 1 Icebreaker. Go over course material and goals. Students introduce themselves and talk about likes and dislikes. Discussion pair work. Introduce new vocab. Reading and discussion. Review. n Lesson 2 Listening. Talking about yourself and others. Talk about people in your life. Talk about greetings and customs. Explain who people are. Correct a misunderstanding.

4 n Lesson 3 Review previous lesson. Reading. Writing a self-introduction. Speaking and interaction. n Lesson 4 Review. Listening. Talking about background. Talk about tourism. Describe an object and tell an anecdote. Reading. Writing: An intercultural experience. n Lesson 5 Review writing assignment. Speaking. Travel, modes of transport, types of holidays. n Lesson 6 Listening. Discussion about background and school days. Talk about education and careers. Offer hospitality. n Lesson 7 Reading. Talk about achievements. Writing a CV. Role-play job interviews. n Lesson 8 Listening about feelings and opinions. Discussion about music. Compare and discuss preferences. Discussion about film. n Lesson 9 Review. Reading a film or book review. Writing a description of a film or book. n Lesson 10 Review. Listening. Law and order. Talk about countries and governments. Reading about pickpockets in Prague. Discussion about punishments for crimes. n Lesson 11 Review. Talking about past events. Talk about stories in the news. Writing: Narrating a story. Movie segment: describing in narrative form. n Lesson 12 Review homework. Listening about encounters. Expressing strong feelings or opinions. Talk about your neighbors. Tell and show interest in an anecdote. n Lesson 13 Discussion topic: Not in my backyard. Reported speech. Reading. Writing: Exchanging news in a personal letter. n Lesson 14

5 Review writing assignment. Listening. Appearances. Describe how people look. Talk about fashion. Express guesses. n Lesson 15 Reading. Talk about plans and intentions Discussion: Is it in or out. Writing: Letter of application. n Lesson 16 Listening. Communication. Reported speech. Talk on the phone. Report an interview. Report a conversation. n Lesson 17 Reading. Talk about ability. Writing a report. Discussion. n Lesson 18 Mid-term exam. Listening. Make small talk. Second conditional. Talk about hypothetical situations. n Lesson 19 Review. Reading. Future tense. Talk about your future. Writing: an opinion. n Lesson 20 Review homework. Modals for giving advice. Discussion: self-help letters. Giving advice to others. n Lesson 21 Listening. Shopping. Talking about shopping habits. Exchange opinions. Talk about recent activities. Talk about products in a shop. n Lesson 22 Reading. Discussion about complaints. Writing a formal letter of complaint. n Lesson 23 Students review letters of complaint and how to solve the situation. Listening. Vocabulary for directions. n Lesson 24 Review vocabulary for directions. Give directions. Reading. Discussion: Best vs. worst holiday. n Lesson 25 Talk about holiday accommodation. Writing: a recommendation.

6 n Lesson 26 Review homework. Reading about health issues. Diagnosis for sick patient discussion/role-play. n Lesson 27 Listening. Explain your point of view. Introduce vocabulary for desires. n Lesson 28 Explain your wishes and desires. Describe the plot of a story. Talk about important decisions. n Lesson 29 Reading. Writing: a story with a moral. n Lesson 30 Review homework. Introduce advertisement vocabulary. Advert discussion and worksheet. n Lesson 31 Introduce new vocabulary. Reading. Mobile phones discussion and worksheet. n Lesson 32 Video clip: Modals of regret. Discussion about urban legends. n Lesson 33 New vocabulary. Reading. Discussion about social media. n Lesson 34 Introduce new vocabulary. Listening. Discussion: rude people and your reaction. Writing assignment: polite requests n Lesson 35 Review writing assignment. Watch comedy video clips. Discussion on is it funny or not. n Lesson 36 Final exam and play game covering entire course

7 Useful Links GRAMMAR Highly recommended. Wide selection of grammar exercises A comprehensive selection of grammar exercises from the University of Victoria, Canada. Check out the home page for some reading exercises, too. A wide range of grammar quizzes at different levels. Includes some vocabulary and phrasal verbs practice. ESL Blues offers interactive grammar exercises for elementary and intermediate students as well as explanations of common errors. Grammar rules and exercises LISTENING PRACTICE A selection of everyday conversations / listening quizzes at three levels of difficulty (American English) English Language Listening Lab online with over 1000 listening activities at different levels. Canadian, US, British, Irish, New Zealand and Australian accents. Links to various sites where you can practice your listening. From Beginner to Advanced. Watch short video extracts on famous places in the UK and answer multiple choice questions. Advanced level. PODCASTS Wide range of podcasts. Two short (3 to 5 minute) podcasts available every week, in clearly spoken English. 6-Minute English. Podcasts for learners of English. Excellent resource. Transcripts available. A wide range of BBC podcasts (advanced level).

8 Podcasts on subjects as varied as peace symbols, pilgrimages and twins. Consult the archive online (click on the topic), or subscribe free of charge to receive a monthly podcast. Interviews with famous writers, painters, filmmakers, musicians, scientists, sports personalities, etc. from the BBC archives. Advanced level ; no transcripts. SOCIAL ENGLISH Listening practice and useful expressions: suggesting, advising, disagreeing, showing interest, etc. Intermediate level. VOCABULARY The EVP shows, in both British and American English, which words and phrases learners around the world know at each level - A1 to C2 - of the CEFR. Rather than providing a syllabus of the vocabulary that learners should know, the EVP project verifies what they do know at each level. Vocabulary quizzes organized according to topic: clothes/occupations/nationalities, etc. and level (easy/medium/difficult). Has links to grammar, crosswords, etc. Words in the News: listening and vocabulary development based on BBC news stories. PHRASAL VERBS Interesting dictionary where you can look up a phrasal verb by preposition or by verb. Includes quizzes and worksheets. Phrasal verbs dictionary, examples, practice exercises & listening. Good for lower levels, too. Now offering quizzes on 134 phrasal verbs. Answer keys available. PRONUNCIATION General pronunciation tips and practical exercises. https://adrianpronchart.wordpress.com Adrian Underhill

9 READING Direct access to a very wide range of UK, US and other online newspapers in English. Reading texts and exercises from Upper Beginner to Advanced levels. Very easy to navigate. Scroll down to the blue box where you will find four levels of reading exercises. Thousands of articles with useful comprehension and vocabulary exercises. Speed reading techniques. Paste your own text in or have one selected for you. An online study course from the UN that aims to help users improve their English language skills while extending their knowledge of the history and workings of the UN. WRITING United Nations English Language program (New York): online materials for practicing letters, memos & s. A simple, practical guide to the principles of plain English. Check out the Free Guides. https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/678/01/ Writing guide MISCELLANEOUS BBC gateway site with news, grammar, vocabulary, quizzes, pronunciation. Highly recommended. British Council gateway site with themes, stories, tests, games, etc. for adults and children Mandatory Reading HANCOCK, M., MCDONALD, A. (2013), English Result Intermediate Student s Book, Oxford University Press. MCKENNA, J., (2013), English Result Intermediate Workbook, Oxford University Press.

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