General Language Syllabus (higher)

General Language Course

Higher Level B1-C2 (Intermediate - Advanced Level)

1. Communicative/Thematic Content
•    Current Affairs
•    Mass Media & Communication
•    Economic institutions, structures and trends
•    Globalisation
•    Environmental Issues
•    Education
•    Change & Development
•    Ethics & Values
•    Impact of the internet & IT
•    Cities & Urbanisation
•    People & Relationships
•    Social life
•    Understanding the country through language

2. Key functional content
•    Language of Opinion
•    Persuasion & Dissuasion
•    Setting priorities
•    Negotiating
•    Dealing with enquiries
•    Issuing and responding to invitations
•    Conversational strategies
•    Register – formal vs. informal
•    Presenting information – style & structure
•    Disagreement & Dissent
•    Summarising complex information
•    Using clear & direct language
•    Telling stories and anecdotes
•    Delivering good & bad news
•    Making small talk
•    Criticising with tact
•    Assigning, accepting & denying blame
•    Understanding and using nuance

3. Pronunciation
•    Key sounds/phonemes
•    Word Stress
•    Sentence Stress
•    Intonation
•    Striking the right tone
•    Blending words
•    Common phrasal expressions
•    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
•    Adjectival and adverbial phrases
•    Building complex sentences
•    Narratives

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

5. Cultural content
•    Everyday conventions – greetings, phone, eating, tipping
•    Gestures
•    National traditions & customs
•    Recent history
•    Political Culture
•    Business Culture
•    Social & Family Life
•    Multiculturalism & intercultural communication
•    Religion & belief
•    Education
•    Regional differences

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT AT THE END OF THE COURSE?
By the end of the course, you will be able to understand and use a wide range of language structures and functions, although you may continue to make syntactic errors. You will be able to understand non-standard variations of the language even if it is spoken at a fast, native like speed. You will be able to express complex ideas, look at more subtle nuances of the language, and handle yourself in a wide variety of communicative situations, both familiar and unfamiliar. You will able to deal effectively with the kind of language that arises in almost all working and personal situations.