Программа “General English”. Уровень ‘Pre-Intermediate’

Тематическое содержание программы:

Unit 1. Gettingtoknowyou

Grammar: Tenses(Present, Past, Future). Questions (Where were you born? What do you do?). Question words (Who…? Why…? How much…?)

Vocabulary: Using a bilingual dictionary. Parts of speech. Words with more than one meaning. (I’m reading a good book. I booked my flight online) Phonetic symbols.

Everyday English: Social expressions (Have a good weekend!). Music of English – stress and intonation in sentences.

Reading: ‘Blind date’ – a magazine article about the search for the partner

Speaking: Exchanging information. Discussion – “Best friends”, “Blind dates”

Listening: Best friends

Writing: Describing friends – Correcting common mistakes.


Unit 2. The way we live

Grammar: Present tenses – Present Simple and Present Continuous. Have/have got (She has a hotel. I haven’t got any money)

Vocabulary: Collocation. Daily life (have breakfast, text your friends)

Everyday English: Making conversation (1). Asking questions. Showing that you’re interested. Music of English – highs and lows.

Reading: ‘Tales of two cities’

Speaking: Exchanging information – people’s lifestyles. Describing your favourite room. Discussion – “Living abroad”, “Working at night”

Listening: ‘A 24/7 society’ – a radio programme about night workers

Writing: An email – Linking words


Unit 3. What happened next?

Grammar: Past tenses. Past Simple (He looked around. What did you do last night?). Past Continuous

Vocabulary: Past forms (looked, went, ran). Making connections (lose/find, break/mend). Adverbs (quietly, suddenly, slowly, still, again).

Everyday English: Time expressions. Music of English – word linking.

Reading: ‘The name’s Bond, James Bond’

Speaking: Telling stories (fortunately/unfortunately). Exchanging information – a teenager goes on a spending spree

Listening: A drama based on an extract from The Man With The Golden Gun

Writing: Telling a story – Position of adverbs and adjectives


Unit 4. The Market place

Grammar: Much and many. Some and any. A few, a little, a lot/lots of. Something, someone, somewhere. Articles.

Vocabulary: Food. Bathroom objects. Shopping (chemist’s, post office, a T-shirt, an espresso, envelopes, aspirin)

Everyday English: Prices. Music of English - sounding polite.

Reading: Markets around the world

Speaking: Information exchange – find the difference. Discussion –talking about markets. Group work – shopping in your town.

Listening: ‘I bought it on eBay!’ . Conversations on different kinds of shops.

Writing: A postcard – Synonyms in writing


Unit 5. What do you want to do?

Grammar: Verb patterns (want/hope to do, enjoy/like doing, looking forward to doing, ‘d like to do). Future intentions - going to, will, and Present Continuous for future.

Vocabulary: -ed/-ing adjectives (I was really frightened. That’s so annoying)

Everyday English: How are you feeling? Music of English – intonation in exclamations.

Reading: ‘Brat camp’ – where parents send their out-of-control teenagers

Speaking: Roleplay – What are you doing tonight? Talking about problems and advice. Discussion – teenagers and parents. Talking about books, films and TV programmes.

Listening: A song – The voice within

Writing: Filling in a form


Unit 6. Places and things

Grammar: What… like (What’s soul music like?). Comparative and superlative adjectives. As…as.

Vocabulary: Talking about towns (the night-life, historical buildings, temples). Synonyms and antonyms in conversation (lovely, beautiful, brilliant, terrible)

Everyday English: A city break. Music of English – stress and intonation.

Reading: ‘London, the world in one city’

Speaking: Comparing things. Talk for one minute – my favourite free thing. Discussion – immigrants in your town.

Listening: The best things in life are free

Writing: Describing a place – My home town: relative pronouns (who/that/which/where)


Unit 7. Fame!

Grammar: Present Perfect and Past Simple. For and since. Tense revision.

Vocabulary: Word endings. Jobs (hairdresser, artist, politician). Nouns and adjectives (organization, moody). Pronunciation – word stress (beauty, famous, arrive, explain, imagine, imagination)

Everyday English: Making conversation (2) – short answers. Music of English – sounding polite.

Reading: ‘Davina Moody, Drama Queen’ – magazine article about a temperamental movie star

Speaking: Mingle – find someone who… Roleplay – interviewing a band. Project – find an article about a famous person and tell the class.

Listening: An interview with the band Goldrush – what have they achieved so far?

Writing: A biography – Paragraphing: Two Princesses


Unit 8. Do’s and don’ts

Grammar: Have to. Should. Must

Vocabulary: Words that go together (apply for a job, earn a lot of money, work hard). Compound nouns (housewife, text message). Music of English – word stress.

Everyday English: At the doctor’s

Reading: ‘Jobs for the boys and girls’

Speaking: Game – guess the job. Discussion – family rules. Roleplay – parents and children. Discussion – men’s and women’s jobs

Listening: Leaving home – a father and daughter’s story

Writing: Letters and emails – Formal and informal expressions.


Unit 9. Going places

Grammar: Time clauses. First conditional

Vocabulary: Hot verbs – make, do, take, get (make up your mind, do me a favour, take a photograph, get ready)

Everyday English: Directions

Reading: ‘Travel addicts’

Speaking: Roleplay – What will you do if… Discussion – five places I’d like to go to. Tourist destinations in your country, and how visitors are harming them

Listening: ‘Going nowhere’

Writing: Discussing pros and cons – For and against travelling by train


Unit 10. Things that changed the world

Grammar: Passives

Vocabulary: Verbs and nouns that go together (discover gold, tell a lie, lose weight)

Everyday English: Telephoning. Music of English – intonation with numbers

Reading: A discovery and an invention that changed the world

Speaking: Discussion – stories about DNA and Google. Roleplay – complaining/ Roleplay – telephone conversations

Listening: Things that really annoy me – phones, computers, people on their mobile, litter…

Writing: A review – Books and Films: referring back in a text


Unit 11. What if …?

Grammar: Second Conditional. Might.

Vocabulary: Literal phrasal verbs (go away, Take off your coat)

Everyday English: Exclamations with so and such. Music of English – sentence stress.

Reading: Supervolcano

Speaking: Giving advice – If I were you, I’d …Discussion – dilemmas. Group work – survival after a disaster.

Listening: At a crossroads in life – three people with decisions to make

Writing: Writing for talking – My dreams for the future


Unit 12. Trying your best

Grammar: Present Perfect Continuous. Present Perfect Simple versus Continuous.

Vocabulary: Hot verbs – bring, take, come, go (I bring my dictionary to class. I took some flowers to my friend. My aunt comes to visit every week. I always go for a coffee after school)

Everyday English: Social expressions (2) Excuse me! Can I get past? Good luck in your exam! Thank you for having me.

Reading: ‘In her father’s footsteps’

Speaking: Exchanging information – Stelios Haji-Ioannou

Listening: A song – If you come back

Writing: Linking ideas – Words that join ideas: and, still, just, unfortunately.



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