PRELIMINARY

COURSE NAME:  PRELIMINARY, for students over age 12.

Course Book: “THINK BOOK 2” from Cambridge University Press

Class Time: Each class is 1 hour – 40 minutes and the class meets 2 times a week.  In Addition, we have 30 minutes each week for a Speaking Lab for this course.

The PRELIMINARY course is designed for school students at level B1 and uses themes that are relevant and interesting to teenagers and young adults.  In addition to the course book we also use exam preparation materials so that students practice new vocabulary and grammar while at the same time preparing for the Cambridge Preliminary exam.  The course develops all aspects of language learning including reading, writing, speaking, and listening so that students are able to use English at B1 level.  The course uses multi-media resources with computers and an electronic whiteboard and students have opportunity to do extra studies with the Cambridge on-line resources for this course.  Also, incorporated into the course are articles and discussions on social values and self-esteem so that student explore a range of values in a language learning context.  From these interesting articles students discuss and develop language skills regarding personal choices and values that are appropriate using English in modern life.  In addition, the course provides training in thinking skills to encourage the development of thinking strategies including text recognition, logical sequencing, identifying criteria, matching, and story analysis.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

PRELIMINARY, Course Book: THINK BOOK 2:

This course uses interesting and exciting themes that are relevant for teenagers and young adults.  In each unit of the course students practice using all aspects of language learning including developing a stronger vocabulary with practical and useful phrases and collocations.  Some of the topics covered in this course include people and personality, entertainment, social networking and technology, environment and energy, future and science, work, health, news and obligations.  Each unit also includes two grammar lessons with opportunity to use the grammar in both writing and speaking.  Some of the grammar topics studied include simple, continuous, and perfect verb tenses, passive voice, determiners and pronouns, modal verbs, conditionals, and reported speech.

Speaking is an important skill developed in the course as the course uses a wide range of speaking functions and many phrases and collocations common in modern speech.  In addition, this course gives students a 30-minute speaking lab every week where students practice newly learned vocabular and grammar with interesting discussions, dialogues, and role-plays.  Also, writing is an essential skill that is stressed as students write in a wide range of tasks including letters, emails, stories, and essays.  Each unit includes interesting articles and stories for reading and listening and these stories are used for class discussions and exploring social values.  These special articles and topics are a great way for students to not only learn new language but also to explore a range of social values relevant to modern life.  And each unit helps students to discuss and evaluate aspects of self-esteem that illustrate both positive and negative influences in shaping self-esteem.

In addition, this course uses exam preparation material to give students extra practice with new vocabulary and grammar using the Cambridge exam format.  During the school year, students take practice exams at three different times and these practice exams help students to see their progress with the language as well as prepare for the exam.  At the end of the course students have opportunity to take the Cambridge PRELIMINARY B1 exam and receive an international certificate for successful completion of level B1.

Students’ progress is regularly monitored throughout the school year.  To be successful in this course, students must be actively involved in their study of English.  This includes participation in class activities and regularly completing home tasks and exam tasks.  We keep parents informed of students’ involvement in the courses especially regarding the completion of homework tasks and practice exam results.  Also, we make recommendations for improving their study habits in progress reports to the parents.

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