Program and Objectives

B1 Level (Intermediate)

8 Weeks

Reading

Students can

  • read a variety of extended factual texts
  • skim texts to identify main ideas
  • scan longer texts to locate specific information and gather information from different parts of a text, or from different texts in order to fulfill a specific task
  • demonstrate an understanding of texts by answering comprehension questions (wh- questions, reference, basic inference questions)
  • identify unfamiliar words from the context on topics related to his/her field and interests
  • guess the meaning of occasional unknown words from the context and deduce sentence meaning provided the topic discussed is familiar
  • find and understand relevant information in everyday materials
  • recognize significant points in straightforward newspaper articles on familiar subjects
  • recognize the line of argument in the treatment of the issue presented
  • identify the main conclusions in clearly signaled argumentative texts  
  • apply critical thinking skills by analyzing and synthesizing texts at a basic level

Writing 

Students can

  • write simple paragraphs on a variety of subjects related to his/her field of interest, synthesizing and evaluating information from a number of sources
  • write straightforward, detailed descriptions on a range of familiar subjects within his/her field of interest
  • write detailed accounts of experiences, describing feelings and reactions
  • paraphrase sentences in a simple fashion
  • draw paragraph outlines
  • identify parts of a paragraph; and write topic, supporting and concluding sentences; find irrelevant sentences
  • recognize and use order of importance and time in paragraphs appropriately
  • write expository paragraphs (process, informative, classifications, compare and contrast).
  • use a variety of linkers and conjunctions (time; contrast; cause and effect; addition; exemplification; clarification; similarity)
  • develop editing and revising strategies
  • engage in creative writing tasks

Listening

Students can

  • listen to extended dialogues and short/long texts to identify the topic and main point
  • understand factual information about common everyday or job related topics, identifying both general messages (main ideas) and specific details (supporting details)
  • understand the information content of the recorded materials on topics of personal interest
  • answer wh- questions and complete sentences to demonstrate an understanding of the texts at knowledge and comprehension level
  • follow in outline straightforward short talks on familiar topics
  • follow films delivered in clearly in straightforward language  

Speaking

Students can

  • manage simple, routine exchanges (ask and answer questions and exchange ideas and information on familiar topics in predictable everyday situations)
  • express personal opinions and exchange information on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life (e.g. family, hobbies, work, school, travel and current events)
  • sustain a straightforward description of one of a variety of subjects within his/her field of interest
  • ask and answer questions about habits and routines, pastimes and past activities
  • relate the plot of a book or film and describe his/her reactions
  • detect the attitude, mood of the speaker
  • give simple reasons and explanations for opinions, plans and actions
  • give or seek personal views and opinions in discussing topics of interest
  • give a short, rehearsed presentation on a topic pertinent to his/her everyday life
  • give and ask for advice
  • make and respond to suggestions
  • ask for and give directions
  • react and respond to a text / idea / picture, etc.
  • deal with common aspects of everyday living such as travel, lodgings, eating and shopping
  • initiate, maintain and close simple face-to-face conversation on topics that are familiar or of personal interest
  • engage in information and opinion gap activities
  • prepare and deliver oral presentations by employing current technology

Linguistic & Vocabulary Range       

Students can

  • demonstrate an understanding of verb structures including present simple and continuous, past simple and continuous forms
  • use a variety of modals to express ability, possibility, permission, obligation and advice
  • have enough language to get by, with sufficient vocabulary to express themselves on topics such as family, hobbies and interests, work, travel and current events
  • have sufficient vocabulary to conduct routine, everyday transactions involving familiar situations and topics
  • work on vocabulary development with special emphasis on parts of speech, collocations and phrasal verbs, and word formation, and they increase their active vocabulary to approximately 1500 words
  • can use a monolingual dictionary
  • demonstrate proficiency in the following grammatical areas:
    • Future simple and continuous
    • Present perfect (all forms)
    • Modals (present time modals+ past time modals: past ability (could, was able to); past obligation (had to); past habit (used to)
    • Past perfect
    • Passives (Basic: Present simple & Past simple)
    • Adverbials (time; contrast; cause and effect; similarity)
    • Time clauses (when, before, after, while/ until, as soon as)
    • Conditionals (type 0, 1, 2)
    • Comparative and superlative forms (Adjectives & Adverbs)
    • Relative Clauses (Basic: who, which, that)