LEVEL 8: Grammar Syllabus

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 intermediate students to communicate in English regarding basic everyday subjects including: contemporary topics, such as professional services and dating, significant historic events around the world and future predictions, major life events, personal situation, and types of behavior, successful people and businesses, products and advertising, social habits, predicaments, and mysteries, the production of movies, TV programs, theater performance, and newspapers, giving opinions about laws and social issues, challenges and rewards in life.

Course Objectives

  • Unit 9: Discuss several contemporary topics, such as professional services and dating
  • Unit 10: Discuss significant historic events around the world and future predictions
  • Unit 11: Discuss major life events, personal situations, and types of behavior
  • Unit 12: Discuss successful people, businesses, and products, as well as advertising
  • Unit 13: Discuss social habits, predicaments, and mysteries
  • Unit 14: Discuss the production of movies, TV programs, theater performances, and newspapers
  • Unit 15: Discuss giving opinions about laws and social issues
  • Unit 16: Discuss the challenges and rewards in life

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Unit 9A: Students can talk about services using causatives.
  • Unit 9B: Students can talk about services and dating using three-word phrasal verbs and make suggestions with a variety of structures.
  • Unit 10A: Students can discuss important past events using time references.
  • Unit 10B: Students can discuss the future with a variety of structures.
  • Unit 11A: Students can talk about milestones in their lives using a variety of time clauses.
  • Unit 11B: Students can talk using should have + past participle and if clauses in the past perfect to describe regrets.
  • Unit 12A: Students can use infinitives clauses and phrases to express purpose and describe qualities for success.
  • Unit 12B: Students can practice describing features and giving reasons.
  • Unit 13A: Students can talk giving explanations, reasons, and suggestions using past modals must have, may have, and could have.
  • Unit 13B: Students can give opinions and advice with past modals should have and would have.
  • Unit 14A: Students can describe processes using the passive.
  • Unit 14B: Students can talk about jobs using defining and non-defining relative clauses.
  • Unit 15A: Students can give opinions about laws and social issues.
  • Unit 15B: Students can express opinions with tag questions.
  • Unit 16A: Students can talk about volunteer work using complex noun phrases with gerunds.
  • Unit 16B: Students can talk about things they have achieved and would like to achieve, using past and future tenses, including the future perfect.

LEVEL 8: 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

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high intermediate students to communicate in English regarding everyday subjects including: health and fitness and ways to deal with stress, marketing, advertising, and shopping, news stories and current events, relationships between people, safety and danger, being successful and living a happy life, traveling, tourism, vacations and jobs.

Course Objectives

  • Unit 1: Discuss health and fitness and ways to deal with stress.
  • Unit 2: Discuss marketing, advertising, and shopping.
  • Unit 3: Discuss news stories and current events.
  • Unit 4: Discuss relationships between people.
  • Unit 5: Discuss safety and danger.
  • Unit 6: Discuss ways of being successful and living a happy life.
  • Unit 7: Discuss traveling, tourism, and vacations.
  • Unit 8: Discuss jobs.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • 9A: Students can discuss activities and treatments people use to stay fit and healthy, and advice for staying in good health.
  • 9B: Students can discuss different ways of coping with stressful situations.
  • 10A: Students can describe ads and discuss different approaches to advertising products.
  • 10B: Students can discuss shopping and spending habits.
  • 11A: Students can discuss unusual and amusing news stories.
  • 11B: Students can discuss human-interest stories.
  • 12A: Students can discuss the value of friendship and the qualities of a good friend.
  • 12B: Students can discuss their idea of a perfect partner, ways to meet new people, marriage, and wedding traditions.
  • 13A: Students can discuss how to stay safe and avoid disaster during outdoor pursuits.
  • 13B: Students can discuss risk-taking and exciting or frightening experiences.
  • 14A: Students can discuss qualities they value in a friend, and evaluate themselves as conversationalists.
  • 14B: Students can discuss the qualities required to achieve success, and evaluate advice for achieving life goals.
  • 15A: Students can discuss different kinds of trips and useful tips for travelers.
  • 15B: Students can discuss tourist destinations and popular vacations activities.
  • 16A: Students can discuss different kinds of jobs and the duties and responsibilities involved.
  • 16B: Students can discuss job ads and interviews.