LEVEL 6: Grammar

Course Description

This course is for 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: life in different times, jobs, abilities, and personality traits, remarkable places in the world and personal experiences, books, movies, and TV programs, communication, including: such topics as body language, imaginary events and difficult situations, honesty and giving reasons and explanations.

Course Objectives

  • Unit 9: Discuss life in different times
  • Unit 10: Discuss jobs, abilities, and personality traits
  • Unit 11: Discuss remarkable places in the world
  • Unit 12: Discuss personal experiences
  • Unit 13: Discuss books, movies, and TV programs
  • Unit 14: Discuss communication, including such topics as body language
  • Unit 15: Discuss imaginary events and difficult situations
  • Unit 16: Discuss the honesty and practice giving reasons and explanations

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Unit 9A: Students can talk about the past, present, and future tenses.
  • Unit 9B: Students can discuss consequences using conditional sentences with if clauses.
  • Unit 10A: Students can talk about job skills using gerunds and short responses.
  • Unit 10B: Students can discuss the kinds of jobs they want and don’t want using clauses with because.
  • Unit 11A: Students can discuss famous landmarks, monuments, and works of art using the passive with by (simple past).
  • Unit 11B: Students can talk about key features of countries around the world using the passive without by (simple present).
  • Unit 12A: Students can talk about events, accident, and accomplishments in their lives using the past continuous and the simple past.
  • Unit 12B: Students can talk about events using the present perfect continuous.
  • Unit 13A: Students can talk about books and movies using participles as adjectives.
  • Unit 13B: Students can talk more about movies and famous Hollywood names using relative clauses.
  • Unit 14A: Students can explain gestures using modals and adverbs.
  • Unit 14B: Students can talk about signs using terms of permission, obligation, and prohibition.
  • Unit 15A: Students can talk about imaginary situations using unreal conditional sentences with if clauses.
  • Unit 15B: Students can talk about predicaments using the past modals would have and should have.
  • Unit 16A: Students can discuss excuses and requests using reported speech.
  • Unit 16B: Students can use reported speech to talk about statements that other people make.

LEVEL 6: 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: vacations and world travel, inventions, electronic equipment, and gadgets, nature and environmental issues, events in the news, different aspects of urban living, entertainment and the arts, personal histories and past events, comedy and humor.

Course Objectives

  • Unit 9: Discuss vacations and world travel
  • Unit 10 Discuss inventions, electronic equipment, and gadgets
  • Unit 11: Discuss nature and environmental issues
  • Unit 12: Discuss events in the news
  • Unit 13: Discuss different aspects of urban living
  • Unit 14: Discuss different kinds of entertainment and the arts
  • Unit 15: Discuss personal histories and past events
  • Unit 16: Discuss comedy and humor

Student Learning Outcomes

  • 9A: Students can talk about vacations they have taken and trips they would like to take.
  • 9B: Students can discuss international travel and tourist attractions in their own countries.
  • 10A: Students can talk about popular gadgets and electronic products.
  • 10B: Students can discuss common, everyday products, and inventions as well as unusual ones.
  • 11A: Students can talk about domestic animals, pets, and wildlife.
  • 11B: Students can discuss environmental problems and suggest potential solutions to them.
  • 12A: Students can talk about human interest stories.
  • 12B: Students can discuss where they find out about the news and talk about amusing news stories.
  • 13A: Students can discuss and compare the advantages and disadvantages of living in the city and in a small town.
  • 13B: Students can discuss safety tips and crime.
  • 14A: Students can talk about their preferences in music and movies.
  • 14B: Students can discuss visual arts and learn about some famous painters and their work.
  • 15A: Students can listen to people talking about their personal histories, and they talk about their own memories of childhood.
  • 15B: Students can discuss tourist sites, historical places, and important events from the past.
  • 16A: Students can talk about what makes them laugh as they listen to and tell humorous stories.
  • 16B: Students can discuss comics and jokes and enjoy amusing stories.