LEVEL 4: Grammar

Course Description

This course is for High Beginners to reflect the most recent approaches to language learning. This course uses high interest themes to integrate speaking, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, listening, reading, and writing. The underlying philosophy remains that language is best learned when it is used for meaningful communication. The course covers contemporary, real world topics that are relevant to students’ lives.

Course Goals

The goal of this course is to provide instructional support to enable high beginner students to communicate in English regarding basic everyday subjects including: people’s appearances and past experiences, hometowns, cities, and countries, health and food, world geography, activities and plans and life changes.

Course Objectives

  • Unit 9:   Discuss people’s appearances
  • Unit 10: Discuss past experiences
  • Unit 11: Discuss cities and countries
  • Unit 12: Discuss health
  • Unit 13: Discuss food
  • Unit 14: Discuss world geography
  • Unit 15: Discuss activities and plans
  • Unit 16: Discuss changes in a person’s life

Learning Outcomes

  • Unit 9A:   Students can describe people’s personal appearances.
  • Unit 9B:   Students can identify people using modifiers with participles and prepositions.
  • Unit 10A: Students can talk about recent activities using the present perfect, already, and yet.
  • Unit 10B: Students can talk about experiences from the recent and distant past using the present perfect and simple past, for and since.
  • Unit 11A: Students can talk about their hometowns using adverbs, adjectives, and conjunctions.
  • Unit 11B: Students can talk about popular vacation places using can and should.
  • Unit 12A: Students can talk about health problems and give advice using infinitive complements.
  • Unit 12B: Students can ask for advice and give suggestions about health care products using the modal verbs can, could, and may.
  • Unit 13A: Students can talk about food preferences using so, too, neither, and either.
  • Unit 13B: Students can order food at a restaurant using the modal verbs would and will.
  • Unit 14A: Students can talk about geography using the comparative and superlative forms of adjectives.
  • Unit 14B: Students can talk about distances, measurements, and places using questions with how.
  • Unit 15A: Students can discuss future activities and plans using the present continuous, be going to, and time expressions.
  • Unit 15B: Students can leave messages using tell and ask.
  • Unit 16A: Students can discuss changes using the comparative and the present, past, and present perfect tenses.
  • Unit 16B: Students can talk about plans for the future using verb + infinitive.

LEVEL 4: Conversation

Course Description

This course is for high beginners to learn North American English. It is designed to develop oral communication skills and build learner confidence.  Topics draw students into conversations, and engaging activities to guarantee maximum talking time.  It encourages students to express their feelings, ideas, and opinions.

Course Goals

The goal of this course is to provide instructional support to enable high beginner students to communicate in English regarding basic everyday subjects including: ways of staying healthy, sleep and dreaming, advice for improving memory, solving common problems, visiting and living in cities, customs in different parts of the world, people of the present and the past, types of homes, rooms and furnishings, past memories and trends and fads from the past, future events and aspirations.

Course Objectives

  • Unit 9A: Discuss and focus on ways of staying healthy
  • Unit 9B: Discuss sleeping and dreaming
  • Unit 10A: Discuss improving memory
  • Unit 10B: Discuss solving common problems
  • Unit 11A: Discuss transportation
  • Unit 11B: Discuss visiting cities
  • Unit 12A: Discuss U.S. Holidays
  • Unit 12B: Discuss appropriate behavior
  • Unit 13A: Discuss famous people today
  • Unit 13B: Discuss famous people in the past
  • Unit 14A: Discuss homes and dream homes
  • Unit 14B: Discuss unusual homes
  • Unit 15A: Discuss memories of the past
  • Unit 15B: Discuss trends of the past
  • Unit 16A: Discuss achievements
  • Unit 16B: Discuss global issues

Student Learning Outcomes

  • 9A: Students can talk about healthy lifestyles and keeping fit.
  • 9B: Students can discuss dreams and healthy sleeping habits.
  • 10A: Students can talk about different ways of remembering and memorizing information.
  • 10B: Students can discuss solving problems and giving advice.
  • 11A: Students can talk about transportation and giving directions.
  • 11B: Students can discuss sightseeing and leisure activities.
  • 12A: Students can talk about holidays in the U.S. and elsewhere.
  • 12B: Students can discuss manners, customs, and appropriate and inappropriate behavior.
  • 13A: Students can discuss people who are famous now.
  • 13B: Students can talk about famous people from the past.
  • 14A: Students can talk about their own homes and dream homes.
  • 14B: Students can discuss unusual types of homes.
  • 15A: Students can discuss games and experiences they remember from their childhood.
  • 15B: Students can discuss fashions and fads of recent years.
  • 16A: Students can discuss past achievements and what they hope to achieve.
  • 16B: Students can discuss global issues and make predictions about the future.