A2 -  LISTEN & SPEAK 

60 Hour COURSE PROGRAMME

Summary

This course covers a full range of language needs – listening, role play, vocabulary development, grammar practice, reading articles and topical discussions.

For general English students who want to improve all areas of their English.

Students should gain the ability to deal with simple, straightforward information and begin to express oneself in familiar contexts.

Example: take part in a routine conversation on simple predictable topics.

 
 
Contents
Part 1 1-15 hrs
  • Diagnostic Test

  • 1. New people. 

  • 2. Present review.

  • 3. Learning English. 

  • 4. Describing character and behaviour 

  • 5. Describing appearance. 

  • 6. Nomophobia. 

  • 7. Mobile phones - Cell phones. 

  • 8. Photo story. 

  • 9. Tourist police. 

  • 10. Shops and shopping. 

  • 11. Buying clothes. 

  • 12. Past review.

Part 2 16-30 hrs
  • 13. Coffee personality.

  • 14. In the family.

  • 15. Travel plans.

  • 16. Travel and transport

  • 17. Life stages.

  • 18. Hotel reservations.

  • 19. Describing a job.

  • 20. Money vocabulary.

  • 21. In the future.

  • 22. The Internet

  • 23. Informal emails.

  • 24. Future review.

Part 3 31-45 hrs
  • 25. Pet crazy. 7

  • 26. Saving the earth. 7

  • 27. Illness and health. 7

  • 28. Compliments. 7

  • 29. Colours and shades. 7

  • 30. Stereotypes. 7

  • 31. Everyday expressions. 7

  • 32. Describing food. 7

  • 33. Expensive taste. 8

  • 34. The senses. 8

  • 35. Changes. 8

  • 36. Weather and climate. 8

  • 37. Present perfect practice. 8

Part 4 31-45 hrs
  • 38. Education. 9

  • 39. The Good Generation. 9

  • 40. At home. 9

  • 41. Asking questions. 9

  • 42. Out of the way. 9

  • 43. Sports and games. 9

  • 44. Rise of the mammone. 9

  • 45. Gestures and manners. 9

  • 46. Controversy. 10

  • 47. Password advice. 10

  • 48. First conditional review.. 10

  • EXIT TEST

Part 1

0. DIAGNOSTIC TEST

  • In this quiz there are 60 multiple-choice questions -- 36 grammar questions and 24 vocabulary questions. 
    In each section, the questions become progressively more difficult.
    You should try to answer as many grammar questions as possible within the given time. 
    This is not an exam - it is a guide to help your teacher identify areas of difficulty.

 

1. New people

  • Speaking: Useful expressions for meeting and getting to know new people.

  • Grammar: The present simple and present continuous. 

 

 2. Present review

Grammar: A review of the present simple and present continuous tenses. 

3. Learning English

  • Speaking: Review on how to pronounce the letters of the alphabet, how to ask about the meaning and spelling of unfamiliar words and

  • Grammar: Describing different parts of speech (nouns, verbs, prepositions, pronouns adverbs).

  

4. Describing character and behaviour

  • Speaking: describing a person’s character.

  • Grammar: Adjectives.

5. Describing appearance

  • Speaking: Describing other people’s physical appearance.

  • Grammar: Common adjectives used for describing what someone looks like as well as questions for asking about another person’s looks.

6. Nomophobia

 

  • Reading: An article about `nomophobia' (the fear of losing one's mobile device).

  • Speaking: asking and answering questions about mobile phones.

  • Grammar: Exercise on prepositional phrases. 

7. Mobile phones - Cell phones

Speaking: Useful words and phrases for talking about mobile devices.

 

 8. Photo story

 

  • Speaking: Talking about Facebook photos.

  • Grammar: The past continuous tense.

 

 9. Tourist police​

 

  • Reading: An article about a new "Gangnam style" tourist police force in South Korea. 

  • Speaking: Tourism

  • Grammar: Exercise on defining relative clauses.

10. Shops and shopping

Speaking: Useful words and phrases for talking about shops/stores and shopping.

  

11. Buying clothes

  • Speaking: Useful words and structures for describing and buying clothes.

  • Listening: Exercise and a role play activity at the end.

 

12. Past review

 

Grammar: A review of the past simple and past continuous tenses. 

 

 

 

 

Part 2

 

13. Coffee personality

 

  • Reading: A short article on how people's coffee drinking preferences determine personality traits.

  • Speaking: A number of adjectives for describing character are introduced.

  • Grammar: comparative and superlative forms are studied in the grammar part of the lesson.

14. In the family

Speaking: Describing family members and relationships.

  

15. Travel plans

  • Speaking: Travel and making plans and predictions.

  • Grammar: A review of the structure 'going to' + infinitive.

  

16. Travel and transport

Speaking: A number of words and expressions for talking about private and public transport.

17. Life stages

 

Speaking: Describing the different stages of a person's life from childhood to old age.

18. Hotel reservations

Speaking: Booking a hotel room and talking about hotels.

19. Describing a job

 

  • Speaking: Talking about jobs.

  • Grammar: Common nouns, adjectives and expressions used for describing jobs.

20. Money vocabulary

 

Speaking: Talking about money and value.

  

21. In the future

 

  • Reading & Speaking: Text about future predictions that science fiction writer Isaac Asimov made in 1964 about the world of 2014. 

  • Grammar: The structure 'will + infinitive' for making predictions is studied and practised.

 

22. The Internet

 

Speaking: Talking about the internet. Words and expressions for describing features of websites and actions that people perform on the web.

23. Informal emails

 

Writing: How to write informal emails.

Typical words and expressions used when greeting someone in an email, writing pleasantries, attaching files, etc.

24. Future review

 

Grammar: A review of the structures going to, will and the present continuous for talking about the future.

 

 

Part 3

 

25. Pet crazy

 

  • Speaking: Talking about pets and animals.

  • Reading: An article about a Brazilian family that live with nine tigers.

26. Saving the earth

 

  • Speaking: Environmental issues.

  • Grammar:  'should/shouldn't + infinitive' for giving advice and recommendations.

27. Illness and health

 

Speaking: Describing illnesses, symptoms, remedies and healthy/unhealthy lifestyles.

  

28. Compliments

Speaking: Making and receiving compliments.

29. Colours and shades

 

  • Speaking: Describing different shades of colours.

  • Grammar: common collocations and idioms with colours.

  

30. Stereotypes

 

  • Reading: A short article on the perception of British culture according to expats living in Britain.

  • Grammar: The passive voice is studied in the grammar part of the lesson.

31. Everyday expressions

 

Speaking: Typical English social expressions.

32. Describing food

Speaking: Describing different types of food, including terms for different flavours and dishes.

33. Expensive taste

  • Reading: A short article on how the price of food influences its taste according to a scientific study.

  • Grammar: Verbs and expressions for giving and reporting opinions. 

34. The senses

 

Speaking: Nouns and verbs used for talking about senses: sight/see, hearing/hear, touch, smell, taste.

35. Changes

  • Grammar: A review of the present perfect tense through

  • Listening & Speaking:  language practice and role play.

  

36. Weather and climate

Speaking: Describe the weather and talk about climate change.

37. Present perfect practice

Grammar: Past simple and past participle forms of common irregular verb and practise the present perfect with 'since', 'for', 'ever' and 'never'.

 

 

 

Part 4

38. Education

 

Speaking: Describe the education system in their countries using British and American English.

 

39. The Good Generation

 

Reading: An article about how teenagers in the UK are smoking and drinking less than in the past.

Grammar: The worksheet focuses on vocabulary and grammar for describing trends.

 

40. At home

 

Speaking: How to describe household chores and different rooms in their homes.

 

41. Asking questions

 

  • Grammar: Revision and practice of question structures.

  • Speaking: Asking each other questions about Barack Obama.

 

42. Out of the way

 

  • Reading: Text about a Chinese city that has created a special lane for pedestrians who use their mobile phones while walking.

  • Grammar: Reported speech. 

  

43. Sports and games

 

Speaking: Talking about sports and games.

  

44. Rise of the mammone

 

  • Reading: Text about why many Italian adults are still living at home with their parents.

  • Grammar: A review of the present, present perfect and past tenses.

 

45. Gestures and manners

 

Speaking: Using vocabulary associated with gestures and manners.

Talking about good and bad manners among different cultures.

 

46. Controversy

 

  • Reading: Text about a Norwegian proposal to ban begging.

  • Grammar: Introduction to the first conditional structure.

 

47. Password advice

 

Reading and Speaking: An article about how to choose a password according to advice from the UK's spying agency GCHQ.

Grammar: verb patterns with the infinitive and gerund.

48. First conditional review

Grammar: A review the first conditional structure. 

EXIT TEST