Программа "General English". Уровень ‘Upper Intermediate’

Тематическое содержание программы:

Unit 1. There is no place like home

Grammar: The tense system. Simple and Continuous Perfect - active and passive. Auxiliary verbs do, be, have

Vocabulary: Compound nouns (lifestyle, house-warming, home town) .Word formation (organize – organization)

Postscript: Dates. Numbers. Spelling.

Reading: ‘Home is where you make it’. ‘People who emigrate’.

Speaking: Exchanging information about people who have emigrated.

Listening: A song ‘Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh!

Writing: Correcting mistakes in two informal letters. Identifying mistakes in common.


Unit 2. Been there, done that!

Grammar: Present Perfect Simple and Continuous. Continuous verb forms (You are very kind. You are being very kind)

Vocabulary: Guessing meaning. Synonyms. Hot verbs take and put (Take my advice. Put sb down)

Postscript: Exclamations (Wow! How amazing!)

Reading: ‘Death to tourism’

Speaking: Information gap and roleplay – The Virgo group. Discussion –‘Tourism’. ‘Your Earliest memories’.

Listening: World traveler and lavender farmer.

Writing: Note taking. Position of adverbials. Writing a biography.


Unit 3. What happened was this…

Grammar: Narrative tenses – Past Simple, Past Continuous, Past Perfect active and passive.

Vocabulary: Adjectives that describe character (reckless, unreliable). Suffixes (responsible). Prefixes (irresponsible).

Postscript: Expressing interest and surprise – reply questions (‘James lives in a castle!’ – ‘Does he?

Reading: ‘Girl barred from top store’.

Speaking: Talking about books

Listening: The news. A dramatized version from the book The Mayor of Casterbridge.

Writing: A review of a book or a film.


Unit 4. It’s a deal

Grammar: Expressing quantity ( a little money, lots of ideas). Countable and uncountable nouns.

Vocabulary: Exports and imports. Words with variable stress (`export – to ex`port)

Postscript: Social expressions (Hang on a sec)

Reading: ‘The businesswoman who went to Australia and made a fortune.’ (jigsaw)

Speaking: A class survey of shopping habbits. A maze – You’ve decided to open a restaurant, but how will you go about it? A group decision making exercise.

Listening: An English couple who opened an English restaurant in France talk about their experience.

Writing: Note taking. Research and report writing Trade in your country.


Unit 5. Whatever will be, will be

Grammar: Future forms. Tense usage in clauses (When I’ve read the book, I’ll give it to you).

Vocabulary: Word pairs (neat and tidy). Hot verbs – to be + adverb or preposition What’s up with you?).

Postscript: Telephone conversations – beginning a call, ending a call.

Reading: ‘This is your captain speaking’. ‘I’ll marry you, but only if …’

Speaking: Discussion – Who makes the best couples.

Listening: Vox pops – eight people talk about the future.

Writing: Formal and informal letters.


Unit 6. People, places and things

Grammar: Relative clauses. Participles. Infinitives.

Vocabulary: -ed/-ing adjectives. Synonyms in context (writer – author, risky – dangerous)

Postscript: English signs (Do not exceed the stated dose).

Reading: ‘The man who could buy anything’ – the gap fill exercise about Bill Gates

Speaking: Describing a picture. Exchanging information about a strange person.

Listening: Seven radio advertisements

Writing: Describing your favourite part of town.


Unit 7. Doing without

Grammar: Verb patterns (enjoy playing, good at cooking, plan to do, stop, try, remember). Reduced infinitives.

Vocabulary: Consumer durables. Hot verbs – get (You’ve got to go. I got back late)

Postscript: Soundbites (Will passengers in rows A to K please board now?)

Reading: Letters between Sean and his grandmother. The family who turned back the clock.

Speaking: Discussion – Domestic life 50 years ago.

Listening: A song ‘Fast car’ by Tracy Chapman

Writing: Contrasting ideas – whereas, however, although.Writing about an invention you couldn’t live without.


Unit 8. Famous for fifteen minutes.

Grammar: Modal auxiliary verbs – probability (She might be at home).

Vocabulary: Making sentences stronger – adverbs and adjectives (very clever), adverbs and verbs (strongly agree)

Postscript: Exaggeration and understatement (I’m starving. I’m a little peckish)

Reading: ‘Jane Austen – the hottest writer in Hollywood.’

Speaking: Talking about the lives of famous people. Discussion – The lives of women past and present

Listening: One side of a phone conversation. An interview with Tim Rice, who wrote the lyrics to Jesus Christ Superstar.

Writing: Writing a fan letter


Unit 9. Nothing but the truth

Grammar: Questions: Who wants to speak to me? I wonder what he wants. Negatives – I don’t think you are right.

Vocabulary: Groups (workaholics, agoraphobics). Making connections in texts –antonyms (happiness – misery).

Postscript: Being polite (I’m sorry to bother you, but…)

Reading: ‘Mysteries of the universe’

Speaking: General knowledge quiz. Discussion – retelling a story from another point of view.

Listening: ‘Saying I won’t’ – a story about people who change their mind at the altar.

Writing: Joining sentences. Conjunctions (whenever). Adverbs (anyway).


Unit 10. Things ain’t that they used to be

Grammar: Expressing habit. Present habit (I’m always losing my keys). Past habit (We’d play on the sand). Be/get used to

Vocabulary: Money, money, money (tightfisted, fall on hard times). Hot verbs – come and go (I’ll go to any lengths).

Postscript: Time expressions (all day long, in time, on time)

Reading: ‘Living history’. ‘People and their money’.

Speaking: Giving a short talk about your first friend or a teacher. Attitudes to money.

Listening: Homelessness – interviews with people who live on streets.

Writing: Writing about a period in history.


Unit 11. If only things were different

Grammar: Hypothesizing – about the present (If only I had a new car!), about the past (I wish I hadn’t said that)

Vocabulary: Idioms (I had time to kill).

Postscript: Moans and groans (How many times do I have to tell you?)

Reading: ‘Who’s life is perfect anyway?’ ‘Things we never said’.

Speaking: Roleplay – Two lovers tell each other the truth.

Listening: A radio play based on the ‘Things we never said’

Writing: Writing a play with stage directions.


Unit 12. Icons

Grammar: Noun phrases (a boy licking an ice-cream). Articles and determiners. Adding emphasis – word order, the passive.

Vocabulary: Homophones (war or wore?) . Homonyms (a dusty plain, plain food)

Postscript: Linking and commenting (personally, obviously, ideally)

Reading: ‘Michelangelo’ – one of the world’s greatest artists

Speaking: Discussion – Famous photos of the twentieth century.

Listening: Children jokes. Various people describe the greatest events of the twentieth century.

Writing: Describing a career. Word order and focus of attention.



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