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General Language Courses

General language courses are provided at a variety of levels. The chart below outlines the basic content and objectives for each level. For optimum results, teachers adapt their lessons to the specific needs and wishes of the students.

 

 Course Levels

Course Objectives and Activities

Course topics and vocabulary

Grammar Points

Basic 1

Building basic vocabulary; forming simple sentences; practicing everyday situations

Alphabet, numbers, colors, time, food, drink, descriptions

Present tense; sentence; word order; singular/plural nouns; question words

Basic 2

Building up vocabulary; improving listening and speaking skills

Family, going to the store, ordering at restaurant and bar, public transportation, adverbs of time and place, prepositions, at work

Regular verbs, Present simple, Present perfect and past simple verb tense, modal verbs; personal pronouns; possessive pronouns; negation

Intermediate 1 *

Extending vocabulary and grammar knowledge; focusing on listening and speaking fluency; emphasizing pronunciation; reading authentic texts

Work and professions; going to the store (part 2); phone conversations travelling and holidays; the weather; reading newspaper articles

Irregular verb forms (present perfect/simple past); separable verbs; reflexive verbs;
modal verbs (part 2); degrees of comparison; diminutives

Intermediate 2 *

Politics; influence of the media through newspapers, magazines, radio, television, computers, websites and the internet; writing e-mails

Clausal structures; conjunctions;
pronouns (demonstrative and relative); verbs used as adjectives
regular and irregular verbs; passive verbs with fixed prepositions; synonyms

Advanced 1*

Developing, practicing, and extending business language skills; focusing on accuracy and tone; role plays; reading complex texts;

Business idioms and colloquial language; formal vs. informal language; tact and diplomacy; synonyms; telephoning

Conjunctions (part 2); conditional structures; modal auxiliaries; active and passive forms; infinitives and
usage of ‘er’

Advanced 2 *

Business idioms and colloquial language (part 2); verb-noun and adjective-noun combinations; phrasal verbs; communication strategies; business correspondence

Grammar review from Intermediate 2 and Advanced;
compound sentences

 

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