Программа "General English". Уровень ‘Advanced’

Тематическое содержание программы:

Unit 1. Our land is your land

Language focus: Avoiding repetition. Missing words out (She told me to tidy up the, but I already had). Reduced infinitives. Synonyms in context (I don’t trust this government. I have no faith in them whatsoever).

Vocabulary: Describing nationalities.

Reading: ‘The American dream”.

Listening: Two brothers from Kenya – an interview. National stereotypes.

Speaking: Discussion – immigrants and emigration.

The last word: British and American English (We’ve got a small flat. We have a small apartment)

Writing: Formal and informal letters.


Unit 2. Never lost for words

Language focus: Tense review. Simple and continuous. Perfect and non-Perfect. Active and Passive.

Vocabulary: Phrasal words. Literal and metaphorical (My sister is always talking in stray cats).

Reading: ‘A visit to Iris Murdoch”.

Listening: The Importance of being Earnest – a scene from Oscar Wilde’s play.

Speaking: Information gap. Finding out about Iris Murdoch. Acting out a scene from a play.

The last word: Sounds and spelling – a poem about pronunciation (tough, bought, cough, dough)

Writing: Storutelling


Unit 3. Big business

Language focus: Adverb collocations (hear about endlessly, deeply worried).Adverbs with two forms (flying high, highly motivated). Just (It’s just me).

Vocabulary: Describing trends (slight fall, drop sharply). Comparing statistics.

Reading: ‘Eat, sleep, buy, die’ – an article about the global economy.

Listening: An interview with Anita Roddick, founder of thr Body Shop

Speaking: Simulation – Planning an advertising campaign. Discussion – The role of advertising.

The last word: Word linking and intrusive sounds

Writing: A business report.


Unit 4. Celebrity

Language focus: Discourse markers (Quite honestly, I think you should pack in the job)

Vocabulary: Synonyms and antonyms (1) (She is always finding fault with her kids. She criticizes them for everything)

Reading: ‘The cult of celebrity’ – why are we obsessed with the rich and famous?

Listening: An interview with a Hollywood star Liza Minelli

Speaking: Maze –How to become an A-list celebrity

The last word: Tags and replies (‘I like cabaret’. ‘Oh, you do, do you?’)

Writing: Expressing a personal opinion


Unit 5. Love is…

Language focus: Ways of adding emphasis (It’s Tina’s personality that I love)

Vocabulary: Proverbs and poetry Love is Blind

Reading: ‘Fateful attraction” – two couples who met in very unexpected circumstances.

Listening: A romantic meeting – another couple tell the story of how they met.

Speaking: Discussion – Do you believe in fate?

The last word: Getting emotional. Sounding anxious, grateful (Get this heap of old metal out of my drive! Now!

Writing: Discussing pros and cons.


Unit 6. Newspeak

Language focus: Distancing the facts. Passive constructions (It is said that he works in the City). Seem and appear (The Independent seems to be more factual).

Vocabulary: Nouns forms from phrasal verbs (Here is an update on the news)

Reading: ‘Tabloid and broadsheet newspapers’ – a similar news story in two different newspapers..

Listening: An interview with foreign correspondent Simon Winchester

Speaking: Discussion – How TV reports the news

The last word: Responding to news (‘Guess what! I won $5 million.’ ‘You’re kidding’). Sounding sarcastic.

Writing: A letter to a newspaper.


Unit 7. Words of wisdom

Language focus: Modal auxiliary words. Present, future and past (likelihood, probability, obligation)

Vocabulary: Rhyme and reason – choosing the right words for a poem ‘You are old, Father William’.

Reading: ‘Letter to a newborn son’

Listening: Ten people talk about advice they have been given in their lives.

Speaking: Prediction game – Dilemma! How well do you know your classmates.

The last word: Breaking the rules of English ‘Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put’

Writing: Describing a personal experience.


Unit 8. Altered images

Language focus: Real and unreal tense usage. Would (My car wouldn’t start). Past tenses to express unreality (Isn’t it time we had a break?)

Vocabulary: Metaphors and idioms (Time flies)

Reading: ‘Walt Disney – the man behind the mouse’

Listening: An interview with American Painter Joe Downing

Speaking: Discussion – appreciating art. My favourite work of art.

The last word: Softening the message (Can you help me? I was wondering if you could possibly help me?)

Writing: Reviewing a film or a book


Unit 9. History lessons

Language focus: Verb patterns (We finally decided to leave the town. They helped us to bury our dead)

Vocabulary: Homonyms. Homophones. Homographs.

Reading: ‘I was there – eyewitness accounts of historical events.’

Listening: Eyewitness account – Justin Baines.

Speaking: Discussion – an important event in your life.

The last word: Telling jokes

Writing: Personal profile


Unit 10. The body beautiful

Language focus: Intensifying adverbs (I totally agree with you)

Vocabulary: Sports. Words to do with the body (calf, kidney, to head a ball, to shoulder responsibility).

Reading: ‘The age of sport’ – an article about the world wide obsession with sport.

Listening: The rower and the ballet dancer – jigsaw conversations

Speaking: Discussion – are we obsessed by sport.

The last word: Clichés (Easier said than done)

Writing: Entering a competition


Unit 11. The ends of the Earth

Language focus: Relatives and participles. Defining and non-defining relative clauses (Here’s someone who speaks English. The Chinese lady, who speaks impeccable English, lives in the desert). Participles (Living in London, I appreciate the pros and cons of city life).

Vocabulary: Geographical expressions. Weather words (rainfall, wind-blown, snowflake). Adjective order (beautiful, old, thatched cottages).

Reading: ‘Three island stories’ – three very different islands (jigsaw)

Listening: Farflung sports – people talk about places they have visited. A meeting in the desert.

Speaking: Living on a desert island. Retelling a story.

The last word: What on earth! (earth, ground, soil). Everyday expressions (This new jacket cost the earth)

Writing: Describing a journey.


Unit 12. Life goes on

Language focus: Linking devices. Conjunctions, adverbs, infinitives, relative pronouns, participles. (…the future comes towards you and recedes behind you)

Vocabulary: Synonyms and antonyms (2) (an approximate figure)

Reading: ‘A sideways look at time’ – different ways of seeing time.

Listening: Do you believe in miracles? – a radio program about a visit to Lourds

Speaking: Discussion – talking about time. Is there a conflict between science and religion?

The last word: Euphemisms (a disadvantaged senior citizen, pass away).

Writing: Bringing a biography to life.



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