LEVEL 9: 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 basic everyday subjects including: personalities, likes and dislikes, personal change, rules and obligation in the present and past, advice, places and preferences, contrasting information, routines and habits, personality types and appropriate behavior, small talk and information in chronological order, news events and topical information, frustrating situations and debates, future trends, job qualifications, customs and habits, generalizations and past habits, everyday irritations and complaint styles, hypothetical situations, decisions, customs and the future.

Course Objectives

  • Unit 1A: Describe personalities, express likes and dislikes, and describe personal change
  • Unit 1B: State advantages, disadvantages, talk about rules
  • Unit 2A: Describe rules and obligations in the past, give advice about the past
  • Unit 2B: Speculate about past events, offer explanations about past events
  • Unit 3A: Describe and give information about places, and state and explain preferences
  • Unit 3B: Present contrasting information, categorize and evaluate issues
  • Unit 4A: Describe routines and habits and give advice
  • Unit 4B: Explain reasons and conditions and give interpretations of meaning
  • Unit 5A: Describe types of conversations, talk about appropriate behavior and start a conversation
  • Unit 5B: Make small talk and report what someone else has said
  • Unit 6A: Present information in chronological order, narrate news events
  • Unit 6B: Organize and present topical information
  • Unit 7A: Talk about frustrating situations, participate in a debate
  • Unit 7B: Talk about future trends, give opinions
  • Unit 8A: Describe job qualifications, offer solution to problems
  • Unit 8B: Comment on facts, analyze reasons
  • Unit 9A: Compare customs and habits, present contrasting information
  • Unit 9B: Make generalizations, talk about past habits
  • Unit 10A: Describe everyday irritations, describe complaint styles
  • Unit 10B: Make and respond to complaints, identify solution to problems, give advice
  • Unit 11A: Discuss hypothetical situations, describe personal characteristics, and explain decisions
  • Unit 12A: Compare and contrast customs, predict the future
  • Unit 12B: Make hypotheses, give advice, and explain preferences

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Unit 1A: Students can use verbs followed by gerunds and noun clause after be to talk about themselves and their family.
  • Unit 1B: Students can describe personal changes and express likes and dislikes.
  • Unit 2A: Students can use past modals and phrasal modals of obligation to talk about life lessons.
  • Unit 2B: Students can use past modals to talk about strange occurrences and unsolved mysteries.
  • Unit 3A: Students can use defining and non-defining relative clauses and practice the order of modifiers to describe different cities.
  • Unit 3B: Students can connect contrasting ideas.
  • Unit 4A: Students can use reduced time clauses to describe daily routines and habits.
  • Unit 4B: Students can use clauses stating reasons and conditions.
  • Unit 5A: Students can use infinitive and gerund phrases to talk about interpersonal communication in social situations.
  • Unit 5B: Students can use reported speech.
  • Unit 6A: Students can use adverbs and different forms of the past tense to discuss news events
  • Unit 6B: Students can use adverbs and different forms of the past tense to narrate.
  • Unit 7A: Students can discuss trends in modern technology using passive of the present continuous, present perfect and future.
  • Unit 7B: Students can give opinions using negative and tag questions.
  • Unit 8A: Students can use reduced relative clauses and non-defining relative clauses as sentence modifiers to discuss different kinds of creativity.
  • Unit 8B: Students can use expressions related problem solving.
  • Unit 9A: Students can use clauses and phrases to show contrast and exception to discuss customs and typical behavior.
  • Unit 9B: Students can use used to and would to talk about past habits.
  • Unit 10A: Students can use relative clauses and noun clauses to talk about annoying situations.
  • Unit 10B: Students can use simple and complex indirect questions.
  • Unit 11A: Students can use present unreal conditional with unless, only if, and even if, to talk about personal values and moral dilemmas.
  • Unit 11B: Students can express wishes and regrets.
  • Unit 12A: Students can use future perfect, the future perfect continuous and mixed conditionals to discuss differences in cultures and travel problems.
  • Unit 12B: Students can make inferences from listening to the details of information.

LEVEL 9: 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 how it affects the people who speak them, cooperation and competition, family relationships and the elderly, health and leisure, advanced and old-fashioned technology, banking and investing, paying attention to the World Bank, remarkable individuals, creativity and thinking to solve problems, human behavior, in particular to form social groups and associations, crime and punishment.

Course Objectives

  • Unit 1.1: Discuss language learning
  • Unit 1.2: Discuss making predictions
  • Unit 1.3: Discuss getting clarification
  • Unit 1.4: Discuss vocabulary of language learning
  • Unit 2.1: Discuss skills for pragmatic understanding
  • Unit 2.2: Discuss main ideas and supporting details
  • Unit 2.3: Discuss intonation and expressions
  • Unit 2.4: Discuss challenging excuses
  • Unit 2.5: Discuss cooperation and competition vocabulary
  • Unit 3.1: Discuss marriage, life expectancy, and the lifestyles of elderly
  • Unit 3.2: Discuss straw man arguments
  • Unit 3.3: Discuss generalizations with adverbs of frequency
  • Unit 3.4: Discuss vocabulary words used in discussions about family relationships and the elderly
  • Unit 4.1: Discuss functions of the heart
  • Unit 4.2: Discuss expressions for making analogies.
  • Unit 4.3: Discuss expressing opinions appropriately
  • Unit 4.4: Discuss vocabulary used in discussions
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    about the heart and health

  • Unit 5.1: Discuss space age problems
  • Unit 5.2: Discuss government space programs
  • Unit 5.3: Discuss active and passive voice
  • Unit 5.4: Discuss vocabulary used in discussions about space exploration
  • Unit 6.1: Discuss development loans in third world countries
  • Unit 6.2: Discuss pros and cons of arguments
  • Unit 6.3: Discuss agreeing and disagreeing appropriately
  • Unit 6.4: Discuss making inferences
  • Unit 6.5: Discuss vocabulary used in money matters
  • Unit 7.1: Discuss remarkable accomplishments
  • Unit 7.2: Discuss chronological order for events
  • Unit 7.3: Discuss situation-appropriate expressions
  • Unit 7.4: Discuss vocabulary used to answer contextualized questions
  • Unit 8.1: Discuss outside of the box thinking
  • Unit 8.2: Discuss note taking
  • Unit 8.3: Discuss signals in communication
  • Unit 8.4: Discuss communication of animals
  • Unit 8.5: Discuss divulging information
  • Unit 8.6: Discuss vocabulary used in discussions about creativity
  • Unit 9.1 Discuss behavior in social groups
  • Unit 9.2: Discuss digression in lectures
  • Unit 9.3: Discuss tag questions
  • Unit 9.4: Discuss vocabulary used in discussions about behavior
  • Unit 10.1: Discuss justifiable crimes
  • Unit 10.2: Discuss ethical information and paraphrasing
  • Unit 10.3: Discuss expressing wishes, hopes, and desires
  • Unit 10.4: Discuss temporary insanity
  • Unit 10.5: Discuss vocabulary used in discussions about predetermination and free will

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Unit 1.1: Students will be able to share their own ideas about language and language learning.
  • Unit 1.2: Students will be able to make predictions.
  • Unit 1.3: Students will be able to offer and request clarification.
  • Unit 1.4: Students will be able to use new vocabulary regarding language and language learning.
  • Unit 2.1: Students will be able to use pragmatic understanding skills.
  • Unit 2.2: Students will be able to distinguish between main ideas and supporting details.
  • Unit 2.3: Students will be able to use appropriate intonation and expressions to confirm understanding.
  • Unit 2.4: Students will be able to ask for confirmation to challenge excuses.
  • Unit 2.5: Students will be able to use new vocabulary in discussions about cooperation and competition.
  • Unit 3.1: Student will be able to effectively express their own ideas about marriage, life expectancy, and the lifestyles of the elderly.
  • Unit 3.2: Students will be able to use straw man arguments to challenge assumptions about family and the elderly.
  • Unit 3.3: Students will be able to make generalizations with adverbs of frequency.
  • Unit 3.4: Students will be able to use new vocabulary words in discussions about family relationships and the elderly.
  • Unit 4.1: Students will be able to express information about the heart.
  • Unit 4.2: Students will be able to use expressions to make analogies.
  • Unit 4.3: Students will be able to express opinions appropriately.
  • Unit 4.4: Students will be able to use new vocabulary to discuss the heart and health.
  • Unit 5.1: Students will be able to discuss when low – tech solutions were the best answer to space age problems.
  • Unit 5.2: Students will be able to debate the costs vs. benefits of government space programs.
  • Unit 5.3: Students will be able to distinguish the difference in the active and passive voice.
  • Unit 5.4: Students will be able to use new vocabulary in discussions about space exploration.
  • Unit 6.1: Students will be able to give background information about development loans.
  • Unit 6.2: Students will be able to express pros and cons arguments.
  • Unit 6.3: Students will be able to agree and disagree appropriately.
  • Unit 6.4: Students will be able to make inferences.
  • Unit 6.5: Students will be able to use new vocabulary to discuss money matters.
  • Unit 7.1: Students will be able to share ideas of what makes certain accomplishments remarkable.
  • Unit 7.2: Students will be able to use chronological order to explain events.
  • Unit 7.3: Students will be able to express like and dislikes using situation-appropriate expressions.
  • Unit 7.4: Students will be able to use new vocabulary to answer contextualized questions.
  • Unit 8.1: Students will be able to use “outside of the box” thinking.
  • Unit 8.2: Students will be able to use verbs and signal words to signal important sections of note taking.
  • Unit 8.3: Students will be able to identify the signals in communication such as tone of voice and body language.
  • Unit 8.4: Students will be able to identify and discuss the sound, sights, and smells used by animals to communicate.
  • Unit 8.5: Students will be able to use expressions to divulge information.
  • Unit 8.6: Students will be able to use new vocabulary in discussions about creativity.
  • Unit 9.1: Students will be able to recognize behavior in social groups and associations.
  • Unit 9.2: Students will be able to recognize digression in lectures.
  • Unit 9.3: Students will be able use tag questions to ask for, confirm, or challenge information.
  • Unit 9.4: Students will be able use new vocabulary in discussions about behavior.
  • Unit 10.1: Students will be able to discuss their own transgressions and temptations and whether crimes are justifiable.
  • Unit 10.2: Students will be able to present ethical questions and paraphrase.
  • Unit 10.3: Students will be able to express wishes, hopes, and desires.
  • Unit 10.4: Students will be able to discuss the issue of temporary insanity.
  • Unit 10.5: Students will be able to use vocabulary in discussions about predetermination and free will.