Программа "General English". Уровень ‘Intermediate’

Тематическое содержание программы:

Unit 1. A word of difference

Grammar: Naming tenses – Present, Past, Present Perfect. Auxiliary verbs (do, be, have). Questions and negatives. Short answers. Spoken English – sounding polite.

Vocabulary: What’s in a word? Parts of speech and meaning. Spelling and pronunciation (vowel souns). Word formation. Words that go together (fall in love). Keeping vocabulary records.

Everyday English: everyday situations (I need to make an appointment. A medium latte, please. Have here or take away?)

Reading: Worlds apart

Listening: A world in one family

Speaking: A class survey – Lifestyles. Exchanging information. What do you think? (Discussing a problem of bringing up a family in another country). Roleplay – acting out everyday situations.

Writing: An informal letter – Correcting mistakes. Writing a letter to a friend. Correcting each other’s letters.


Unit 2. The working week

Grammar: Present tenses – Simple and Continuous. State verbs. Passive. How often…? (hardly ever, twice a year)

Vocabulary: Positive and negative adjectives (hard-working, bad-tempered). Free time activities (go cycling, keeping fit).

Everyday English: Making small talk (It’s such an old city, isn’t it?). Spoken English – softening a negative comment.

Reading: Charles, Prince of Wales.

Listening: Who earns how much? Spoken English – giving opinions (I reckon… I’d say… Actually…)

Speaking: Talking about you How often do you do things? Project – interviewing someone about their job. Discussion – Which job deserves most money? Exchanging information – Talking about your free time activities.

Writing: Letters and emails – Differences in formal and informal writing. Emailing an old friend with news.


Unit 3. Good times, bad times

Grammar: Past tenses. Simple and Continuous. Past Perfect. Used to.

Vocabulary: Spelling and pronunciation (good – food, mail – male, tooth, truth, juice). Lost sounds.

Everyday English: Giving opinions (He’s really great). Spoken English – making an opinion stronger (Just awful!)

Reading: A Shakespearian tragedy Romeo and Juliet. Love story in cartoons.

Listening: The first time I fell in love. Dictation – transcribing a summary of an interview.

Speaking: Retelling a story of Romeo and Juliet from pictures. What do you think – Shakespeare and his plays.

Writing: Telling a story (1) – “The farmer and his sons”, “The Emperor and his daughters”. Linking ideas. Writing a folk tale or a fairy tale.


Unit 4. Getting it right

Grammar: Advice, obligation and permission. Modal and related verbs.

Vocabulary: Phrasal verbs (1). Literal or idiomatic? (She took her boots off. His business took off). Separable or inseparable (He turned it on. She takes after him).

Everyday English: Polite requests and offers.

Reading: Kids then and now.

Listening: Rules for life. Spoken English (have got to). Song.

Speaking: Discussion – Laws in Britain and your country. What do you think – Bringing up children.

Writing: A biography – Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Combining sentences. Researching facts about a person and writing a biography.


Unit 5. Our changing world

Grammar: Future forms – will, going to or Present Continuous? Future possibilities – may, might, could.

Vocabulary: Word building. Suffixes. Prefixes. Changing word stress.

Everyday English: Arranging to meet (I was wondering if we could meet?) Music of English – making suggestions.

Reading: Life 50 years from now.

Listening: World weather warnings. Rocket man. Spoken English – pretty (The weather was pretty bad).

Speaking: Discussion – talking about changes in the environment. What do you think – Space tourism. Roleplay – Making arrangements to meet.

Writing: Writing for talking – My cause for concern. Writing a talk about an issue that concerns you.


Unit 6. What matters to me

Grammar: Information questions (What’s she like? How tall/big...?)

Vocabulary: Describing people, places and things. Adjectives –ing/-ed (amazing/amazed). Adjective + noun (sandy beach). Compound adjectives (well-dressed). Adverbs –ly and not –ly (simply, just, too)

Everyday English: In a department store. Toys and babywear. Ladies fashions. Stationary. Signs

Reading: The heart of the home. My kitchen. Spoken English – adding emphasis (What I like about her is…).

Listening: My closest relative.

Speaking: Project – Your most treasured possession. Talking about you – Your kitchen. Discussion – First-born/second-born children.

Writing: Describing a place – description of a room. Relative pronouns who, that, which. Participles. Writing about your favourite room.


Unit 7. Passions and fashions

Grammar: Present Perfect Simple and Continuous. Adverbs (just, yet, already). Time expressions. Spoken English – How long…?

Vocabulary: Likes and dislikes (adore, loath, keen on, crazy about, fond of)

Everyday English: Making the right noises – agreement, sympathy, pleasure and surprise. Music of English – wide voice range.

Reading: ‘Football – a global passion’.

Listening: An interview – Jack, aged 10, talks about Harry Potter. Things I’m passionate about.

Speaking: Roleplay – Interviewing Calvin Klein. Have you ever…? Conversations about life experiences. What do you think – things you feel passionate about.

Writing: Describing a person – facts and opinions. Writing a description of someone in your family.


Unit 8. No fear!

Grammar: Verb patterns: verb + ing, verb + infinitive, adjective + infinitive (impossible to see). Spoken English – the reduced infinitive I’d love to.

Vocabulary: Body language (bite, clap, hug). Idioms (see eye to eye).

Everyday English: Travel and numbers. Commas and decimal points. Time. Numbers one by one. Percentages. Fractions.

Reading: Dangerous journeys in history.

Listening: Fears and phobias. A psychologist’s point of view

Speaking: Talking about you – True and false facts about your life. What do you think – People and their phobias. Exchanging information – Comparing the journeys of Hannibal and Mao Zedong.

Writing: Telling a story – ‘The Titanic’. Organization, information, creating interest, and descriptive language. Writing the story of the Trojan horse.


Unit 9. It depends on how you look at it

Grammar: Conditionals. Second conditionals. Third conditionals. Might have done, could have done. Should have done.

Vocabulary: Words with similar meaning (shocked/stunned).

Everyday English: Dealing with money (Is service included?)

Reading: ‘The victims meets the burglar’

Listening: A social conscience. Spoken English – just.

Speaking: Talking about you – What would you have done in the same situation? Exchanging information – comparing the stories of a burglar and his victim. What do you think – Forms of punishment and aims of imprisonment.

Writing: Pros and cons – Is childhood the best time in your life? Writing a discursive essay.


Unit 10. All things high tech

Grammar: Noun phrases. Articles - a, the, no article. Possessives. All/everything. Reflexive pronouns and each other.

Vocabulary: Compound nouns (railway station, headlight),

Everyday English: I need one of those things…( I need some of that stuff… It’s used for…). Music of English – stress patterns

Reading: Architecture old and new.

Listening: What do you do on the net? Descriptions – identifying objects. Spoken English – also, too, as well.

Speaking: Talking about you – Websites you like and what the Internet represents. What do you think – Your favourite building.

Writing: A famous town or city – from notes to writing. Researching a city and writing a description.


Unit 11. Seeing is believing

Grammar: Modals of probability. Present (must, can’t, might, could be). Past (must, can’t might, could have been). Looks like / looks. Spoken English – expressing disbelief.

Vocabulary: Phrasal verbs with out and up.(work sth out, make sth up)

Everyday English: Expressing attitude (apparently, actually)

Reading: The adventures of Sherlock Holmes. A detective story

Listening: A discussion of optical illusions. What on earth has happened? – a telephone conversation about burglary. A radio drama.

Speaking: What do you think – Modern methods of crime detection. Telling and retelling the story.

Writing: Expressing attitude.- an informal letter. Linking ideas using words and expressions (anyway, naturally, fortunately, nevertheless).


Unit 12. Telling it how it is

Grammar: Reported speech. Reported thoughts. Reported questions.

Vocabulary: Reporting verbs (invite, persuade, explain). Ways of speaking (suggest, advise, shout).

Everyday English: You know what they say… Clichés (It’s not the end of the world. Better late than never)

Reading: People who changed the world.

Listening: She didn’t say that. Spotting inaccuracies in five conversations. What the papers say.

Speaking: What do you think – People from your country who changed ideas.

Writing: A thank-you email. Correcting mistakes in a model email. Writing a thank you email.



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