General Language Syllabus (lower)

SAMPLE COURSE OUTLINE: General Language Course, A1-B1 (Beginner - Lower intermediate Level)


1. Communicative/Thematic Content

General Language
•    Talking about yourself & others, inc. family
•    Describing people – physical appearance, character, jobs
•    Feelings & emotions – hopes, dreams & ambitions
•    Travel – modes, key functional language, holidays
•    Directions – asking/giving
•    Eating & drinking – common vocabulary, restaurants, bars
•    Health/illness – common symptoms, emergencies
•    Time – dates, timetables, making appointments
•    Daily Routines – common activities, personal/work
•    Houses/homes – rooms, buildings, furniture
•    Hotels – booking, typical conversations
•    Leisure time – arts, sport, social
•    The weather – climate, temperature, forecasts, change
•    Town & country – buildings, shops, lifestyle, contrasts
•    Money – types, bills, accounts, banks

2. Key functional content
•    Language of Opinion
•    Dealing with enquiries
•    Issuing and responding to invitations
•    Conversational strategies
•    Register – formal vs. informal
•    Presenting information – style & structure
•    Using clear & direct language
•    Making small talk
•    Tell short stories and anecdotes

3. Pronunciation
•    Key sounds/phonemes
•    Word Stress
•    Sentence Stress
•    Intonation
•    Blending words
•    Common Problems

4. Structural Content
Grammar
•    Present
•    Past
•    Future
•    Perfect aspect
•    Modal Verb structures
•    Imperatives
•    Affirmative, Negative & Interrogative Structures
•    Word order
•    Word classes
•    Articles & determiners
•    Adjectives and adverbs

Non-thematic Lexis
•    Prepositions
•    Linking words
•    Word-building (prefix and suffix patterns)
•    Word families (noun-verb-adjective-adverb)
•    Common idioms
•    Common collocations
•    Compounds
•    Narratives

5. Cultural content
•    Everyday conventions – greetings, introductions, tipping
•    National traditions & customs
•    Recent history
•    Business Culture
•    Social & Family Life
•    Common directional signs
•    Multiculturalism & intercultural communication
•    Religion & belief
•    Education
•    Regional differences


WHAT WILL YOU BE ABLE TO DO AT THE END OF THE COURSE?

By the end of the course, you will be able to understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters regularly encountered in your personal, work and social lives. You will be able to communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar topics and social activities. You'll be able to communicate your hopes, wishes and desires.  You will be able to deal with situations likely to arise whilst travelling in the country where the language is spoken. You'll be able to produce a series of phrases and sentences to describe your family and other people, living conditions, educational background and present or most recent job. You'll be able to read short, texts related to everyday events or job-related languages. You'll be able to write simple notes and messages related to matters in areas of immediate needs.