LEVEL 5: Grammar

Course Description

This course is to teach Intermediate learners 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 intermediate students to communicate in English regarding basic everyday subjects including: the past and city life, homes and making changes, food, recipes, and cooking methods, vacations and travel plans, common complaints, modern technology and inventions, holidays and special occasions.

Course Objectives

  • Unit 1: Discuss the past
  • Unit 2: Discuss city life
  • Unit 3: Discuss homes and making changes
  • Unit 4: Discuss food, recipes, and cooking methods
  • Unit 5: Discuss vacations and travel plans
  • Unit 6: Discuss common complaints
  • Unit 7: Discuss modern technology and inventions
  • Unit 8: Discuss holidays and special occasions

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Unit 1A: Students can get to know people using past tense questions with did and was/were to ask questions about the past.
  • Unit 1B: Students can talk about their childhoods using used to.
  • Unit 2A: Students can discuss transportation and other public service using adverbs of quantity and compound nouns.
  • Unit 2B: Students can ask indirect questions.
  • Unit 3A: Students can evaluate and compare houses and apartments, using too and comparatives
  • Unit 3B: Students can talk about changes in their lives, using I wish.
  • Unit 4A: Students can talk about personal experiences using the past tense and the present perfect.
  • Unit 4B: Students can describe recipes using sequence adverbs.
  • Unit 5A: Students can describe plans using the future with be going to and will.
  • Unit 5B: Students can give advice using modals for necessity and suggestions.
  • Unit 6A: Students can use two-art verbs to make and respond to requests.
  • Unit 6B: Students can make and respond to request using modals and Would you mind?
  • Unit 7A: Students can use infinitives and gerunds to describe use and purpose.
  • Unit 7B: Students can use imperatives and infinitives to give suggestions.
  • Unit 8A: Students can describe celebrations and annual events using relative clauses of time.
  • Unit 8B: Students can describe customs using adverbial clauses of time.

LEVEL 5: Conversation

Course Description

This course is for Intermediate speakers 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 intermediate students to communicate in English regarding everyday subjects including: meeting people and getting to know them, making a good first impression, food, cooking, and eating out, climate and weather, jobs and work, leisure activities, including hobbies and other interests, sports, games,  modes of transportation, and other pastimes.

Course Objectives

  • Unit 1: Discuss meeting people and getting to know them
  • Unit 2: Discuss what people can say and do to make a good first impression on others
  • Unit 3: Discuss food, cooking, and eating out
  • Unit 4: Discuss climate and weather
  • Unit 5: Discuss jobs and work
  • Unit 6: Discuss leisure activities, including hobbies, and other interests
  • Unit 7: Discuss sports, games, and other pastimes
  • Unit 8: Discuss different modes of transportation

Student Learning Outcomes

  • 1A: Students can talk and discuss the links between personal preferences and personality.
  • 1B: Students can learn ways to start conversations and learn more information about new people.
  • 2A: Students can talk about how to make a good impression when meeting someone face to face.
  • 2B: Students can discuss making a good impression on the phone and practice making phone calls.
  • 3A: Students can talk about their favorite foods and favorite recipes.
  • 3B: Students can discuss international foods and their favorite types of restaurants, and role-play conversations taking place in restaurants.
  • 4A: Students can talk about weather conditions, the seasons, and how the weather affects them personally.
  • 4B: Students can discuss extreme weather conditions, including typhoons, blizzards, heat waves, and thunderstorms.
  • 5A: Students can talk about different jobs and workplaces, and the kinds of work that many people do.
  • 5B: Students can learn about some unusual jobs and discuss aspects of jobs that are important to them.
  • 6A: Students can talk about their own favorite leisure activities and find out about what other people do in their free time.
  • 6B: Students can discuss how much time they devote to different non-work and no-study activities, including chores.
  • 7A: Students can talk about the sports they play and / or watch live or on TV.
  • 7B: Students discuss games they play or used to play – and play some English word games.
  • 8A: Students can talk about transportation and traffic problems in cities.
  • 8B: Students can discuss traveling longer distances and important issues to consider when traveling.