The intermediate level course aimed at reinforcing basic language structures, expanding topic vocabulary and building confidence in speaking and writing. The course is also intended to introduce students to textbook material in preparation for more practice and language exams using the main textbook as well as the workbook and the interactive audio materials and handouts. The course is organized around a variety of material and is supplemented by a self-study computer application aimed at developing students autonomy and building up their ability to create nice and correct pieces of writing using more complex sentences and sophisticated vocabulary and terminology. Most of the writing components will be based on the class activities while some of them will be generated from the main course textbook as well as the workbook.At the third level of their English study, students expand their vocabulary and grammatical knowledge in ways that allow them to comprehend and express more detailed, elaborated messages. Students are able to use their new language creatively and construct their own messages. They have a good grasp of affirmative and negative word order and a better ability to use interrogative structures. They are able to participate in more extended conversations about their family and their daily lives. Students are also able to engage in a wide variety of transactional situations, find the information they need, and interact independently so they can carry out the functional tasks of everyday life. Students learn to read connected discourse on familiar topics and write what they are able to comprehend and say. By the end of the course they are able to fill out a variety of forms and applications and send longer, personal email and written letters. At the third level of their English study, students continue to expand their knowledge and ability to use a wide variety of vocabulary and grammar so that they can express themselves with more precision and elaboration than at previous levels. Instruction at this level no longer focuses on the here-and-now and on students’ immediate surroundings and needs, but on their past, present, and future experience of the world. Students can now speak at length about past experiences and events, make plans for the future, discuss obstacles to these plans, and develop possible solutions. They can compare and contrast information presented in charts, graphs, diagrams and short readings in order to make choices. They can participate in extended conversations about their daily lives as equal participants and begin to use their language to engage in common communicative functions, such as thanking, apologizing, inviting, agreeing and disagreeing, making suggestions, and giving advice. Students learn the skills necessary for participating in more formal types of oral interactions, such as a job or college interview and practice these skills during simulations.
Students are also exposed to oral and written texts of increasing complexity and work on developing the ability to interpret and react to authentic real- world language. They begin to produce more formal, short, functional written texts, such as a cover letter or complaint. Classroom activities continue to include paired interactions, role-plays and more involved simulations. Problem-solving activities at this level involve the use of all four language skills, critical thinking, and a jigsaw organization which forces students to rely on each other. Students take part in experiential learning activities which involve them in interactions with other students. The four language skills are taught in an integrated fashion that mirrors their use in social and work contexts. They also learn language related to the work place and job skills and habits. Instruction at this level begins to move toward past and future experiences. Classroom activities include paired interactions, role-plays, and more complex problem-solving activities involving team-work.
One of the main objectives of this course is to help students improve their English language skills in order to obtain the required amount of vocabulary and terms to be able to study in an English-speaking country or properly communicate with other people using English as a medium of communication. Therefore, by the end of this course, students should be able to master more grammar rules, be able to comprehend and use more complex sentences, English modals and syntax, as well as engaging in lengthy conversations and dialogues about present, past, and future experiences. Students will be able to comprehend and critically talk about lengthy reading texts and passages. They will also be able to write multi-paragraphs assignments and share more ideas with their teacher and classmates. They are also able to engage in transactions in a wider range of situations and function more independently in the areas of shopping, finding housing and furnishings, dealing with health care personnel in doctor’s offices and the hospital, and finding out about and taking advantage of the resources offered in their community.
Additional textbooks that can help students:
Ready to Write, Longman: While using this book as well as other assigned materials, students at this level will be fairly competent with the 4 basic language skills (grammar, reading, writing, and listening & speaking), but need to reinforce basic language structures in dialogue and their application in relation to achieving the standard required for the international exams. The teacher will play a crucial role in monitoring individual student progress throughout all levels.