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LANGUAGE & CULTURE I      

 

 GENERAL SYLLABUS                       

The course will consist of the following units:

 

1 Personal Information 

Talking about yourself and others.

Greeting and meeting people formally.

Jobs and nationalities.

Talking about your family and friends.

 

2 Food and Drink        

Ordering at the bar or café. Calling for attention.  Settling bills.  Numbers

At the restaurant:  Eating habits. Giving and understanding simple recipes.

 

3 Finding your way- Travel and tourism

Asking and saying where places are.  Giving directions

Transport. Buying tickets (train, bus). Enquiring about departure times.

At the tourist office.  Giving more complicated directions.

Describing places: your country, town or village.

 

4 Accommodation

At home.  Saying where you live.  Addresses and telephone numbers. Describing your house.

Booking into a hotel.   Describing what places are like, facilities.  Days, months and dates

 

5 The working day and leisure

Talking about what you and others usually do every day and talking about your free time activities. (present, different persons).

 

6 Describing  

Describing a person's character and appearance.

Describing objects.

 

7 Shopping   

Buying food. Types of shops and produce.  Weight/quantity.  Paying: numbers

Buying , clothes, books, presents and other items. Descriptions: material, size, colour.  Paying. More numbers.

 

8 Expressing likes and dislikes

Leisure, hobbies.  Inviting, accepting, refusing, apologising.

Giving excuses and explanations.

 

9 The future

Deciding what to do and where to go. Talking about the near future (tomorrow, next week)

 

10 Work and Career

Jobs, professions, studies.  Job descriptions.  How to write a CV

How to fill in application forms. Job adverts and interviews.

 

11 Transport

Public and Private transport: taxi, hiring a car, garage petrol/repairs.

 

12 Health       

Parts of the body.  Illnesses and remedies.  Advice.

 

13 Problems

Describing what has happened to you.

Describing lost property and personal belongings.  Reporting a theft.  Revision of description (objects and people).

 

14 The past                                   

Yesterday, last weekend, last holiday.  Where you went, what you did.

Talking about what you and others used to do before and comparing with the present

Talking about yourself and others in the past and now. Changes. 

 

LANGUAGE & CULTURE I

 

OBJECTIVES 

 

SPEAKING.         

1.  Take part in conversations and discussions which contain unpredictable elements.

2.   Express ideas and opinions about familiar topics.

3.   Speak with fluency, good intonation and accuracy using the appropriate register when talking about familiar topics.

4.   Speak using a variety of tenses.

 

LISTENING        

1.  Understand language in which opinions and different points of view are argued.

2.  Use context to understand unfamiliar language.

3.  Extract general and specific information from a wide range of material.

 

READING            

1.  Understand longer texts which contain unfamiliar language, inferring the meaning from context.  (e.g.emails, brochures, magazine articles).

2.  Understand texts that express abstract ideas as well as facts and opinions.

3.  Extract general and specific information from a wide range of material.

 

WRITING            

1.  Write longer texts using language with which you are familiar and about familiar topics, including future and past events.

2.  Express ideas and opinions on familiar topics.

3. Write accurately using appropriate forms of address and a variety of tenses.                

                                                                                                                       

GRAMMAR: See detailed scheme of work for each language.

 

 

LANGUAGE & CULTURE I  (a)

 

GENERAL SYLLABUS -

The course will consist of the following units:

 

 Personal Information 

Talking about yourself and others.

Greeting and meeting people formally.

Jobs and nationalities

Talking about your family and friends.

 

Food and Drink   

Ordering at the bar or café. Calling for attention.  Settling bills.  Numbers

At the restaurant:  Eating habits. Giving and understanding simple recipes.

 

 Finding your way- Travel and tourism

Asking and saying where places are.  Giving directions

Transport. Buying tickets (train, bus). Enquiring about departure times.

At the tourist office.  Giving more complicated directions.

Describing places: your country, town or village.

 

4 Accommodation

At home.  Saying where you live.  Addresses and telephone numbers. Describing your house.

Booking into a hotel.   Describing what places are like, facilities.  Days, months and dates

 

5 The working day and leisure

Talking about what you and others usually do every day and talking about your free time activities. (present, different persons).

 

Describing             

Describing a person's character and appearance.

Describing objects.

 

 7 Shopping              

Buying food. Types of shops and produce.  Weight/quantity.  Paying: numbers

Buying , clothes, books, presents and other items. Descriptions: material, size, colour.  Paying. More numbers.

 

Expressing likes and dislikes.

Leisure, hobbies.  Inviting accepting, refusing, apologising.

Giving excuses and explanations.

 

9 The future

Deciding what to do and where to go. Talking about near future (tomorrow, next week

 

10 Talking about the past (Introduction)                              

 

 

LANGUAGE & CULTURE I  (a)

 

OBJECTIVES

 

SPEAKING:         

1.             Maintain a conversation on the above topics and in the different situations mentioned above and express feelings.

2.             Speak confidently and accurately when using language with which they are familiar.

3.             Use the appropriate register (formal/informal), with good pronunciation and intonation.

 

LISTENING:

 1.            Understand and respond, in different contexts, to language with which they are familiar. 

 2.            Understand the main points of a conversation or spoken text, such as a short radio broadcast.

3.             Extract specific information from a wider range of material.

 

READING:

1.             Understand a variety of texts which include some complex and unfamiliar language (e.g.: notices, emails, short newspaper and magazine articles).

2.             Infer the meaning of some unfamiliar language from the context.

3.             Extract general and detailed information.

 

WRITING:

1.             Fill in forms and charts with personal details.

2.             Write texts (emails, notes) using sentences and language with which they are familiar with to describe everyday activity and express own interests.

3.             Apply basic elements of grammar and adopt correct word order.

 

GRAMMAR: See detailed scheme of work for each language.

 

 

LANGUAGE & CULTURE I (b)

 

GENERAL SYLLABUS

The course will consist of the following units: 

 

1 Work and Career

Jobs, professions, studies.  Job descriptions.  How to write a CV

How to fill in application forms. Job adverts and interviews.

 

2 Transport

Public and Private transport: taxi, hiring a car, garage petrol/repairs.

 

3 Health   

Parts of the body.  Illnesses and remedies.  Advice.

 

4 Problems               

Describing what has happened to you.

Describing lost property and personal belongings.  Reporting a theft.  Revision of description (objects and people).

 

5 The past                                   

Yesterday, last weekend, last holiday.  Where you went, what you did.

Talking about what you and others used to do before and comparing with the present.

 

6 Autobiographies  

Talking about yourself and others in the past and now.

Changes. 

 

LANGUAGE & CULTURE I (b)

 

OBJECTIVES 

 

SPEAKING.         

1.  Take part in conversations and discussions which contain unpredictable elements.

2.   Express ideas and opinions about familiar topics.

3.   Speak with fluency, good intonation and accuracy using the appropriate register when talking about familiar topics.

4.   Speak using a variety of tenses.

 

LISTENING        

1.  Understand language in which opinions and different points of view are argued.

2.  Use context to understand unfamiliar language.

3.  Extract general and specific information from a wide range of material.

 

READING            

1.  Understand longer texts which contain unfamiliar language, inferring the meaning from context.  (e.g.emails, brochures, magazine articles..)

2.  Understand texts that express abstract ideas as well as facts and opinions.

3.  Extract general and specific information from a wide range of material.

 

WRITING            

1.  Write longer texts using language with which you are familiar and about familiar topics, including future and past events.

2.  Express ideas and opinions on familiar topics.

3. Write accurately using appropriate forms of address and a variety of tenses.                

                                                                                                                                 

GRAMMAR: See detailed scheme of work for each language.

 

 

LANGUAGE & CULTURE II

 

GENERAL SYLLABUS  

The course will consist of the following units:

 

1 Professional and business introductions
Meeting people in formal and professional situations.

 

2 Work and Career

How to write formal letters (for information, of application).  How to make and receive formal telephone calls.

 

3 The future and the conditional

Talking about what will happen or would happen. Tourism and ecology.

 

 4 Advice, prohibitions            

Asking if one can or can't do something. Talking about what should or shouldn’t be done. Health and sport.

 

 5 Description in the past

Describing people and places in the past.  Then and now.  Differences and changes.  Describing situations in the past.

 

6 Narrating

Talking about what happened.  Telling stories (films, plays)

 

7 Opinions
Expressing points of view, opinions and preferences. Comparing.

Free time:cinema.  TV, theatre, music, books.

 

8 Narrating: the news

The Press and radio news. Talking about the media.

 

9 Instructions
Giving instructions, orders. Advertising.  People's rights.     

 

10 Suggestions and Advice      
Advising, suggesting.  Making decisions. Consumerism

 

11 Likes and dislikes  
Talking about what we like and dislike in people, in society.  Politics.

 

12 Wishes  
Talking about wishes and ambitions, dreams.  Famous people. Women in society.

 

13 Doubt and Possibility 
Expressing possibility and impossibility (eg. talking about the environment, life in the future, etc.)

 

 

LANGUAGE & CULTURE II

 

OBJECTIVES

 

SPEAKING         

1. Take part in and initiate free conversation and discussion with fluency and accuracy on a variety of more abstract topics.

2.  Use a wide range of vocabulary and structures to express opinions and feelings.

3.  Speak fluently and accurately with good pronunciation in various registers.

 

LISTENING        

1. Understand a wide range of concrete and abstract language and a variety of accents.

2.  Understand, summarize and report on concrete and abstract subjects expressing opinions and feelings.

 

READING            

1. Understand long texts which express opinions, ideas and feelings (opinion articles, extracts from books etc.)

2.  Read independently a variety of texts.

 

WRITING            

1.  Write about concrete and abstract subjects arguing different points of view and expressing feelings.

2.  Write accurately and creatively using a variety of structures.

 

 

LANGUAGE & CULTURE II (a)

 

GENERAL SYLLABUS  

The course will consist of the following units: 

 

1 Professional and business introductions
Meeting people in formal and professional situations.

 

 2 Work and Career

How to write formal letters (for information, of application).  How to make and receive formal telephone calls.

 

 3 The future and the conditional

Talking about what will happen or would happen. Tourism and ecology.

 

4 Advice, prohibitions            

Asking if one can or can't do something. Talking about what should or shouldn’t be done. Health and sport.

 

Description in the past

Describing people and places in the past.  Then and now.  Differences and changes.  Describing situations in the past.

 

6 Narrating

Talking about what happened.  Telling stories (films, plays)

 

7 Opinions

Expressing points of view, opinions and preferences. Comparing.

Free time: cinema.  TV, theatre, music, books.

 

LANGUAGE & CULTURE II (a)

 

OBJECTIVES -   

 

SPEAKING          

1.  Take part in and initiate a free conversation and discussion on more concrete topics.

2.  Use a variety of vocabulary and structures to achieve a good level of communication in the areas studied.

3.  Speak fluently with little error and with appropriate pronunciation and intonation.

 

LISTENING       

1.  Understand a variety of language in more concrete situations with    some abstract concepts and ideas.

2.  Understand and summarize narrative speech, news, films, containing opinions and ideas.

 

READING                            

1. Emails, stories, news, etc., especially narrative which express different opinions and points of view.

2. Read independently with some help.

 

WRITING  

1. Write about factual and concrete subjects. (emails, forms, stories ...) developing arguments and giving opinions.

2.  Write accurately using a variety of structures.                                   

 

GRAMMAR: It depends on the target language therefore there is a detailed scheme of work for each language.

 

 

LANGUAGE & CULTURE II (b)

 

GENERAL SYLLABUS 

 The course will consist of the following units:

 

 

Revision

   Revise structures from Intermediate I

 

2 Narrating: the news

The Press and radio news. Talking about the media.

 

3 Instructions  
Giving instructions, orders. Advertising.  People's rights.     

 

4 Advice   
Advising, suggesting.  Making decisions. Consumerism

 

5 Likes and dislikes  
Talking about what we like and dislike in people, in society.  Politics.

 

Wishes   
Talking about wishes and ambitions, dreams.  Famous people. Women in society.

 

Doubt and Possibility 
Expressing possibility and impossibility (eg. talking about the environment, life in the future, etc.)

 

 

LANGUAGE & CULTURE II (b)

 

OBJECTIVES

 

SPEAKING          

1. Take part in and initiate free conversation and discussion with fluency and accuracy on a variety of more abstract topics.

2.  Use a wide range of vocabulary and structures to express opinions and feelings.

3.  Speak fluently and accurately with good pronunciation in various registers.

 

LISTENING        

1. Understand a wide range of concrete and abstract language and a variety of accents.

2.  Understand, summarize and report on concrete and abstract subjects expressing opinions and feelings.

 

READING            

1. Understand long texts which express opinions, ideas and feelings (opinion articles, extracts from books etc.)

2.  Read independently a variety of texts.

 

WRITING            

1.  Write about concrete and abstract subjects arguing different points of view and expressing feelings.

2.  Write accurately and creatively using a variety of structures.

 

 

LANGUAGE & CULTURE III

 

GENERAL SYLLABUS

Suggested topics:

 

1 Receiving visitors from the TL countries

Explaining local attractions to visitors.

Social Relations.

Explaining the structure and organization of your department or company. What services are available.

 

2 Study abroad

Moving to study in another country.

Different aspects of student’s life in the country where the TL is spoken.  Practical matters: how to cope with bureaucracy, travel arrangements, accommodation, facilities, climate, etc.

Careers: describing change and future developments.

 

3 Jobs

Recruitment:  Matching job advertisements with covering letters.

Salaries and money.  Studying job advertisements.

Selecting candidates and job interviews.  The interview.

Choosing the right person for the job.  Describing own job and place of work.

Unemployment and training for the unemployed.

Preparing a CV and a letter of application.

Interview role-play.

4 The Media. Advertising

The  Media: television, newspapers ...

Advertising slogans, planning an advertising campaign, promotional leaflets.

Advertising in different countries.

 

5 The environment

Agricultural and industrial developments in the TL countries.

Environmental infrastructures.

Water. Problems of drought. Ecological tourism. Industry, Business and the Environment.

Energy: solar, wind. nuclear

 

6 A professional visit abroad

Travelling, arranging visits abroad.

Introducing yourself as a representative for your department/company and supplying details.

Speaking about your firm or department, writing to introduce it.

Making professional presentations in the TL about subject of interest (scientific papers, technical, sales presentations).

 

7 Meetings and negotiations

How to carry out a general and professional conversation in the TL.

Techniques such as gestures, ways of interacting, interruptions, asking for clarification, etc.  Strategies for successful meetings in the TL:  asking for clarification, interrupting, agreeing, disagreeing, summarising, giving an opinion,asking for an opinion. How to take and write minutes in TL.

Organising and taking part in a meeting.

Writing the minutes of a meeting.

8 Transport

The world of communications and transport:  Roads, motorways, planes, facilities for the disabled, etc.

Road congestion and new road building. Traffic volume, traffic rules: speed. Public transport system.

Major plans to improve transport communications

9 The world of communications

Study the world of communications in TL: Telephones, computers, etc.

Explore how these are developing in the countries of the TL

Film

 

10 Urban infrastructure

Urban development: industrial environment, previous and current.  Cities of the future.

 

11 Business profile

The business environment.  The organisation structure.

Conditions of work.

Names and titles of personnel within a company or Department, identifying the structure.


12 Manufacturing and change

The different types of manufacturing organisations.  An explanation of the changes in technology in manufacturing and the effects of these changes on peoples’ working lives in the country of the TL.

To develop a knowledge of the vocabulary of the different industries and products.

 

LANGUAGE & CULTURE III

                                               

OBJECTIVES

 

READING

 

Use a variety of reading techniques in the TL, such as skimming, scanning, global and intensive reading.

To infer, sequence and match information.

Read maps, brochures, catalogues, graphs, diagrams and reference data.

Be able to read documents, bibliographies, abstracts, articles and books of general interest and of a technical and professional nature.

 

WRITING

 

Take notes, complete forms and make leaflets.

Write emails, formal letters, articles and documents

Write essays, summaries, short professional papers, reports and presentations.

Write about own experiments and research in the TL, describing procedures and instructions.

 

LISTENING

 

Listen for gist and global comprehension. 

Understand the different accents and language varieties in the various regions and countries where the TL is spoken.

Interact in discussions.

Understand radio and television programmes.

Using the telephone.  Making and receiving a phone call. Listening to voicemail messages.

Understand and follow instructions.

Understand lectures, talks, general and technical explanation in the TL.

 

SPEAKING

To ask and answer formal and informal questions.

To initiate a conversation, to make statements, to agree, disagree, interrupt, apologise, ask for clarification.

Making and receiving phone calls, leaving messages.

To take active part in discussions, debates and meetings.

To be able to present and report information. To make enquiries and to seek information.

To introduce oneself (talk about own research, and explain scientific or technical work in the TL). 

To present a project.

 

 

LANGUAGE & CULTURE III (a)

 

GENERAL SYLLABUS

Suggested topics:

 

1 Receiving visitors from the TL countries

Explaining local attractions to visitors.

Social Relations.

Explaining the structure and organization of your department or company. What services are available.

 

2 Study abroad

Moving to study in another country.

Different aspects of student life in the country where the TL is spoken.  Practical matters: how to cope with bureaucracy, travel arrangements, accommodation, facilities, climate, etc.

Careers: describing change and future developments.

 

3 Jobs

Recruitment:  Matching job advertisements with covering letters.

Salaries and money.  Studying job advertisements.

Selecting candidates and job interviews.  The interview.

Choosing the right person for the job.  Describing own job and place of work.

Unemployment and training for the unemployed.

Preparing a CV and a letter of application.

Interview role-play.

4 The Media. Advertising

The  Media: television, newspapers ...

Advertising slogans, planning an advertising campaign, promotional leaflets.

Advertising in different countries.

 

5 The environment

Agricultural and industrial developments in the TL countries.

Environmental infrastructures.

Water. Problems of drought. Ecological tourism. Industry, Business and the Environment.

Energy: solar, wind. nuclear

 

 

LANGUAGE & CULTURE III (a)

                                               

OBJECTIVES

 

READING

 

Use a variety of reading techniques in the TL, such as skimming, scanning, global and intensive reading.

To infer, sequence and match information.

Be able to read brochures, catalogues documents, abstracts, articles and books of general interest.

 

WRITING

 

Take notes, complete forms and make leaflets.

Write emails, formal letters, articles and documents

Write essays, summaries, short reports and presentations.

 

LISTENING

 

Listen for gist and global comprehension. 

Interact in discussions.

Understand radio and television programmes.

Using the telephone.  Making and receiving a phone call. Listening to voicemail messages.

Understand and follow instructions.

Understand lectures, talks and general explanations in the TL.

 

SPEAKING

To ask and answer formal and informal questions.

To initiate a conversation, to make statements, to agree, disagree, interrupt, apologise, ask for clarification.

Making and receiving phone calls, leaving messages.

To take active part in discussions, debates and meetings.

To be able to present and report information.

 

 

LANGUAGE & CULTURE III (b)

 

GENERAL SYLLABUS

Suggested topics

 

1 A professional visit abroad

Travelling, arranging visits abroad.

Introducing yourself as a representative for your department/company and supplying details.

Speaking about your firm or department, writing to introduce it.

Making professional presentations in the TL about subject of interest (scientific papers, technical, sales presentations).

 

2 Meetings and negotiations

How to carry out a general and professional conversation in the TL.

Techniques such as gestures, ways of interacting, interruptions, asking for clarification, etc.  Strategies for successful meetings in the TL:  asking for clarification, interrupting, agreeing, disagreeing, summarising, giving an opinion,asking for an opinion. How to take and write minutes in TL.

Organising and taking part in a meeting.

Writing the minutes of a meeting.

3 Transport

The world of communications and transport:  Roads, motorways, planes, facilities for the disabled, etc.

Road congestion and new road building. Traffic volume, traffic rules: speed. Public transport system.

Major plans to improve transport communications

4 The world of communications.

Study the world of communications in TL: Telephones, computers, etc.

Explore how these are developing in the countries of the TL

Film

 

5 Urban infrastructure.

Urban development: industrial environment, previous and current.  Cities of the future.

 

6 Business profile

The business environment.  The organisation structure.

Conditions of work.

Names and titles of personnel within a company or Department, identifying the structure.


7 Manufacturing and change

The different types of manufacturing organisations.  An explanation of the changes in technology in manufacturing and the effects of these changes on peoples’ working lives in the country of the TL.

To develop a knowledge of the vocabulary of the different industries and products.


 

LANGUAGE & CULTURE III (b)

                                                                 

OBJECTIVES

 

READING

 

Use a variety of reading techniques in the TL, such as skimming, scanning, global and intensive reading.

To infer, sequence and match information.

Read maps, brochures, catalogues, graphs, diagrams and reference data.

Be able to read documents, bibliographies, abstracts, articles and books of general interest and of a technical and professional nature.

 

WRITING

 

Take notes, complete forms and make leaflets.

Write emails, formal letters, articles and documents

Write essays, summaries, short professional papers, reports and presentations.

Write about own experiments and research in the TL, describing procedures and instructions.

 

LISTENING

 

Listen for gist and global comprehension. 

Understand the different accents and language varieties in the various regions and countries where the TL is spoken.

Interact in discussions.

Understand radio and television programmes.

Using the telephone.  Making and receiving a phone call. Listening to voicemail messages.

Understand and follow instructions.

Understand lectures, talks, general and technical explanation in the TL.

 

SPEAKING

To ask and answer formal and informal questions.

To initiate a conversation, to make statements, to agree, disagree, interrupt, apologise, ask for clarification.

Making and receiving phone calls, leaving messages.

To take active part in discussions, debates and meetings.

To be able to present and report information. To make enquiries and to seek information.

To introduce oneself (talk about own research, and explain scientific or technical work in the TL). 

To present a project.

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