- Can demonstrate understanding of main points of short articles about current and familiar topics, especially if they are illustrated.
- Can find and demonstrate understanding of specific information needed in short texts, brochures and leaflets relating to personal interests or topics being studied.
- Can identify and demonstrate understanding of the main points and details in straightforward texts well enough to talk about them afterwards.
- Can demonstrate understanding of extended texts (such as simple and short stories) targeted at correct level and follow story lines with some effort and the use of a dictionary.
- Can write short, comprehensible cohesive texts on familiar topics.
- Can write simple texts about experiences or events - real or imaginary.
- Can write simple texts to describe feelings and reactions.
- Can write short emails about everyday things to known people.
- Can follow short clearly spoken talks on familiar topics or topics in context, especially if accompanied by visuals.
- Can extract specific details from short clearly spoken talks after second listening.
- Can demonstrate understanding of main points of clear speech on familiar topics with the aid of some repetition or clarification.
- Can demonstrate understanding of main points of classroom discussion on familiar topics and everyday conversations when people speak clearly, but sometimes help is required to understand details.
- Can give descriptions on familiar topics related to interests.
- Can ask questions and give opinions in informal discussions while agreeing and disagreeing politely.
- Can start, maintain and finish a face to face conversation on simple topics with some hesitation.
- Can ask questions and briefly explain and justify opinions in informal discussions on familiar topics in a polite manner.
- Can express and respond to feelings and attitudes
- Can give a short prepared or impromptu presentation on a familiar area and answer clearly asked questions. Sometimes repetition of questions may be required.
The course has an integrated syllabus which is predominantly skills-based, with grammar and culture components, and is organized into ten unit themes.Reading
- Scanning and skimming
- Identifying text structure and layout
- Reading for detail and main ideas
- Guessing vocabulary in context
- Recognising prefixes and suffixes
- Recognising referents
- Understanding discourse markers
- Writing simple, compound and complex sentences using co-ordinating conjunctions (and/so/but/or) and subordinators of time, reason and condition.
- Using present simple and continuous, past simple and continuous, present perfect simple and future forms.
- Linking sentences using basic transitions showing time order, contrast and additional information (eg first, then, after that).
- Using adverbs and adjectives to create interest in story narration (eg suddenly, unfortunately, finally).
- Listening for gist
- Listening for main idea
- Listening for key vocabulary
- Listening for detail
- Understanding discourse markers (including signal words and linking words)
- Conveying information, opinions and feelings
- Holding conversations using opening and closing techniques
- Turn taking in conversations and discussions
- Asking and responding to questions
- Self- correcting
- Tenses – Simple Past, Present Perfect, Present Simple and Continuous, Future Tense / Conditional
Cunningham, S., Moor, P. and Bygrave, D. Cutting Edge 3rd Edition Intermediate Students Book with DVD Rom. Pearson Education Ltd. England.