LEVEL 10: Grammar

Course Description

This course is for Advanced level students of North American English. It reflects the most recent approaches to language teaching and learning. The approach covers four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing to enhance linguistic and communication skills.

Course Goals

The goal of this course is to provide instructional support to enable advanced students to communicate in English regarding subjects including: friendship and advice, preferences, fashion, style, trends, and clothing, first impressions, science and technology, personal beliefs, TV programs, trends in reading and technology, music, success, lifestyles, how changes affect different people, preserving ancient traditions, shopping experiences, effective advertising, opinions about animals, trends and pampered pets, effective communicators, language use, people who have made an impact, human characteristics, events, good role models, successful entrepreneurs and hypothetical situations, values in work and business.

Course Objectives

  • 1A:  Define and describe friendship, express opinions and state preferences
  • 1B:  Share friendship advice
  • 2A:  Discuss approaches to fashion; describe style, and trends, express opinions about clothing
  • 2B:  Describe appearances, discuss first impressions
  • 3A:  Talk about science advances, analyze the effects of science and technology
  • 3B:  Describe technology troubles
  • 4A:  Talk about and compare personal beliefs
  • 4B:  Report speech for what someone else believes, express opinions
  • 5A:  Discuss favorite TV programs; discuss advantages and disadvantages of TV
  • 5B:  Talk about the role of reading in their life, discuss trends in reading and technology
  • 6A:  Read and share views on music; express preferences, compare and contrast
  • 6B:  Define success; comment on factual information
  • 7A:  Describe changes in lifestyles; analyze how changes affect different people
  • 7B:  Discuss the importance of preserving ancient traditions
  • 8A:  Talk about bargain shopping, compare shopping experiences, state reasons
  • 8B:  Give and ask for advice; discuss effective advertising
  • 9A:  Discuss the role of animals, talk about categories of animals
  • 9B:  Express opinions about animals, discuss trends and pampered pets; talk about specific and undetermined time and location
  • 10A:  Talk about effective communicators; talk about one’s own language and correct language use
  • 10B:  Make suggestions for solving language problems
  • 11A:  Talk about people who have made an impact
  • 11B:  Describe human characteristics, organize events chronologically, and describe qualities of a good role model
  • 12A:  Talk about successful entrepreneurs; talk about hypothetical situations
  • 12B:  Compare and contrast personal preferences, express values and preference in work and business

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Unit 1A: Students can use phrasal verbs to describe and define friendships.
  • Unit 1B: Students can use gerund and infinitive constructions.
  • Unit 2A: Students can use verb patterns to discuss clothing and fashion.
  • Unit 2B: Students can use cleft sentences with what.
  • Unit 3A: Students can use indefinite and definite articles to talk about scientific advances.
  • Unit 3B: Students can use ing clauses in context.
  • Unit 4A: Students can use report clauses to talk about superstitions and beliefs.
  • Unit 4B: Students can report clauses in the passive.
  • Unit 5A: Students can use such and so to make exclamatory statements about TV.
  • Unit 5B: Student can use sentences with adverbs to discuss reading trends.
  • Unit 6A: Students can use double comparatives to talk about music and will and would to talk about habits and general truths.
  • Unit 7A: Students can use optional and required relative pronouns to talk about changes in lifestyles and using as if, as though, as, the way, and like to talk about the importance of reserving ancient traditions.
  • Unit 7B: Students will be able to use collocations with change.
  • Unit 8A: Students can use placement of direct and indirect objects and use verbs in the subjunctive to talk about shopping and product marketing.
  • Unit 8B: Students will be able to express marketing strategies.
  • Unit 9A: Students can use whenever and wherever contrasted with when and where.
  • Unit 9B: Students can use noun clauses with whoever and whatever to talk about animals and people and their pets.
  • Unit 10A: Students can use verbs in the passive and practice subject-verb agreement with quantifiers to discuss language and communication.
  • Unit 10B: Students will be able to use subject-verb agreement with quantifies.
  • Unit 11A: Students can use compound adjectives and superlative compound adjectives to discuss qualities of role models and heroes.
  • Unit 11B: Students will be able to get the gist and details when listening.
  • Unit 12A: Students can use subject-verb inversion in conditional sentences and adverb clauses of condition to talk about business and jobs.
  • Unit 12B: Students will be able to use vocabulary in context, make inferences from readings.

LEVEL 10: Conversation

Course Description

This course is for advanced speakers that focus on principles to contribute to excellent language learning. Students explore real world issues, discuss academic topics, and study content-based and thematic materials.  Students learn to organize thoughts and notes through graphic organizers that accommodate diverse learning and thinking styles.

Course Goals

The goal of this course is to provide instructional support to enable advanced students to communicate in English regarding complex subjects including: language and learning in education, danger and daring activities, gender and relationships, aesthetics and beauty, transitions, the mind, working, breakthroughs in science, art and entertainment, conflict and resolution.

Course Objectives

  • Unit 1: Discuss language and learning in education
  • Unit 2: Discuss dangerous and daring activities
  • Unit 3: Discuss gender and relationships
  • Unit 4: Discuss aesthetics and beauty
  • Unit 5: Discuss transitions
  • Unit 6: Discuss the mind
  • Unit 7: Discuss working
  • Unit 8: Discuss breakthroughs in science
  • Unit 9: Discuss art and entertainment
  • Unit 10: Discuss conflict and resolution

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Unit 1.1: Students can discuss comparisons of various approaches to learning.
  • Unit 1.2: Students can discuss what famous people think makes sound education.
  • Unit 1.3: Students can discuss their own educational experiences.
  • Unit 1.4: Students can understand the meanings of word from context.
  • Unit 1.5: Students can discuss the main ideas and details on schooling.
  • Unit 1.6: Students can role play.
  • Unit 2.1: Students can discuss activities people engage in for fun.
  • Unit 2.2: Students can discuss words related to dangerous exploits.
  • Unit 2.3: Students can discuss different ways of saying yes and no in a risk taker survey.
  • Unit 2.4: Students can give a presentation about daredevil stunts.
  • Unit 2.5: Students can respond to questions with yes/no expressions.
  • Unit 3.1: Students can discuss attitudes about men’s and women’s behavior.
  • Unit 3.2: Students can discuss their respective role in society.
  • Unit 3.3: Students can use vocabulary useful in describing events of rites of passage.
  • Unit 3.4: Students can share rites of passage they have experienced in their home cultures.
  • Unit 3.5: Students can discuss and practice the language of congratulations and condolences.
  • Unit 3.6: Students can discuss types of pragmatic understanding.
  • Unit 4.1: Students can discuss the concept of aesthetics and industrial design.
  • Unit 4.2: Students can discuss and learn new vocabulary associated with aesthetics and industrial design.
  • Unit 4.3: Students can discuss cohesion and reference to make effective presentations.
  • Unit 4.4: Students can discuss formal and informal ways of admitting a lack of knowledge.
  • Unit 4.5: Students can speculate why standards of beauty have changed.
  • Unit 5.1: Students can discuss the importance and effect of life changes.
  • Unit 5.2: Students can discuss understanding and using figurative language.
  • Unit 5.3: Students can discuss analogies.
  • Unit 5.4: Students can discuss using straight forward language to express their opinion.
  • Unit 5.5: Students can theorize about free will and fate.
  • Unit 6.1: Students can discuss the physiology and psychology of dreams.
  • Unit 6.2: Students can use and discuss vocabulary related to dreams.
  • Unit 6.3: Students can discuss their own dreams.
  • Unit 6.4: Students can listen and discuss ways of comparing and contrasting ideas and use to analyze dreams.
  • Unit 6.5: Students can express optimistic and pessimistic viewpoints.
  • Unit 7.1: Students can discuss aspects of work situations including job satisfaction, leadership issues, and the effects of technology in the workplace.
  • Unit 7.2: Students can discuss the role of unions in the workplace.
  • Unit 7.3: Students can discuss funding of continuing education by employers.
  • Unit 7.4: Students can discuss and share their own work experiences.
  • Unit 7.5: Students can discuss cause and effect relationships.
  • Unit 7.6: Students can use vocabulary for discussions of persuasion and giving in.
  • Unit 8.1: Students can discuss history of science.
  • Unit 8.2: Students can discuss some types of scientific discoveries in physics and mathematics.
  • Unit 8.3: Students can discuss personal and scientific breakthroughs.
  • Unit 8.4: Students can discuss language used in appropriate, inappropriate, and underserved compliments.
  • Unit 8.5: Students can discuss giving and receiving compliments.
  • Unit 9.1: Students can discuss about the origins and development of rock and roll.
  • Unit 9.2: Students can discuss popular recording stars of the past 50 years.
  • Unit 9.3: Students can discuss musical preferences and learn vocabulary related to musical groups.
  • Unit 9.4: Students can distinguish between fact and opinion.
  • Unit 9.5: Students can discuss ways of expressing doubt or disbelief.
  • Unit 9.6: Students can discuss narratives containing opinions or analysis.
  • Unit 10.1: Students can discuss viewpoints on conflicts and how they can be resolved.
  • Unit 10.2: Students can discuss quotations from famous world figures.
  • Unit 10.3: Students can discuss effective approaches to conflict resolution.
  • Unit 10.4: Students can discuss acquiesce and express reservations.
  • Unit 10.5: Students can use vocabulary in discussions about conflict.