Курс "Upper-Intermediate" рассчитан на слушателей, имеющих некоторый опыт практики английского языка в объеме уровня "Intermediate".
Курс включает разговорную практику по тематике повседневной жизни с объемом новой лексики 25-30 слов за урок в классе, интенсивное аудирование в классе и дома, и письменные упражнения в рамках домашних заданий.
There's no place like home.
Grammar: The tense system: simple, continuous, perfect, active and passive. Auxiliary verbs do, be, have.
Vocabulary: Compound nouns lifestyle, house-warming, home town. Word formation 'organize organi'zation.
Postscript: Dates. Numbers. Spelling.
Reading: Topic. "Home is where you make it" - a gap fill exercise about a man with an unusual home. "People who emigrate" - two families who move to another country (jigsaw).
Speaking: Exchanging information about families who have emigrated. Discussion - the pros and cons of living in another country.
Listening: A song - Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh.
Writing: Correcting language mistakes in two informal letters. Identifying mistakes in common.
Been there, done that!
Grammar: Present Perfect - simple and continuous. Continuous verb forms. You're very kind. You're being very kind.
Vocabulary: Guessing meaning. Synonyms. Hot Verbs (1) take and put, take my advice, put sb down.
Postscript: Exclamations. Wow! How amazing! Oh! What a surprise!
Reading: Topic. "Death by tourism" - how tourists are ruining the places they visit on holiday.
Speaking: Information gap and roleplay - the Virgo Group. Discussion. Tourism. Discussion - your earliest memories.
Listening: Topic. "World traveler and lavender farmer" - an interview with Natalie Hodgson.
Writing: Note-taking. Position of adverbials. Writing a biography.
What happened was this…
Grammar: Narrative tenses. Past Simple. Past Continuous. Past Perfect: active and passive.
Vocabulary: Adjectives that describe character reckless, unreliable. Suffixes responsible, responsibility. Prefixes irresponsible, self-conscious.
Postscript: Expressing interest and surprise - reply questions "James lives in a castle". "Does he?".
Reading: Topic. "Girl barred from top store" - an exercise on tenses about a girl who was barred from Harrods. An extract from The Mayor of Casterbridge, by Thomas Hardy.
Speaking: Talking about books. Questions about books.
Listening: Topic. "The news". A dramatized version of the extract from The Mayor of Casterbridge. Three people talking about a book they've liked.
Writing: A review of a book or film.
It's a deal!
Grammar: Expressing quantity - a little money, lots of ideas, few friends, not much experience, hardly any food, fewer people. Countable and uncountable nouns - money, dollars, time/times.
Vocabulary: Exports and imports - gold, sugar, spices. Words with variable stress 'export, ex'port, re'fuse, 'refuse, row.
Postscript: Social expressions. Hang on a sec. There's no point.
Reading: Topic. "The businesswoman who went to Australia and made a fortune" (jigsaw). "Three thousand years of world trade" - an extract from an encyclopaedia.
Speaking: A class survey of shopping habits. A maze - You've decided to open a restaurant, but how will you go about it? A group decision-making exercise.
Listening: Topic. "An English couple who opened an English restaurant in France talk about their experiences".
Writing: Note-talking. Research and report writing. Trade in your country.
Whatever will be, will be.
Grammar: Future forms - will do, shall do, going to do. Present Continuous. Present Simple - will be doing/will have done. Tense usage in clauses. When I've read the book, I'll give it back to you.
Vocabulary: Word pairs neat and tidy, give and take, pros and cons. Hot Verbs (2) to be + adverb or preposition. What's up with you? She's into yoga.
Postscript: Telephone conversations - beginning a call, ending a call.
Reading: Topic. "This is your captain speaking" - an exercise on tenses. "I'll marry you, but only if…" - an American couple's prenuptial agreement leaves nothing to chance.
Speaking: Discussion - who make the best couples? Exchanging information about three people's arrangements to meet.
Listening: Topic. "Vox pops - eight people talk about the future. The reunion - three old friends arrange to meet (jigsaw).
Writing: Formal and informal letters - recognizing formal style, writing an informal letter.
People, places, and things.
Grammar: Relative clauses. Politicians, who tell lies, … Participles - a girl wearing a red suit. Infinitives. I didn't know where to go.
Vocabulary: edl-ing adjectives, depressed, depressing. Synonyms in context -writer, author, risky, dangerous.
Postscript: English signs. Do not exceed the stated dose. Diversion ahead.
Reading: Topic. "The man who could buy anything" - a gap fill exercise about Bill Gates. "I've never seen anything like it!" - a strange person, place, and a thing (jigsaw).
Speaking: Describing a picture. Exchanging information about the strange person, place, and thing. Group work - devising an advert.
Listening: Topic. "Seven radio advertisements".
Writing: Describing your favorite part of town.
Grammar: Verb patterns - enjoy playing, good at cooking, plan to do, stop, try, remember. Reduced infinitives. I'd love to. You aren't allowed to.
Vocabulary: Consumer durables - camcorder, mobile phone, microwave. Hot Verbs (3) - get. You've got to go. I got back late. Stop getting at me!
Postscript: Soundbites. Eat here or take away? Will passengers in rows A to K - please board now?
Reading: Topic. "Letters between Sean and his grandmother" - an exercise on verb patterns. "The family who turned back the clock" - a family who give up all domestic appliances for three days.
Speaking: Discussion - domestic life fifty years ago, things you couldn't life without. Discussion - the pros and cons of television.
Listening: A song - Fast car, by Tracy Chapman.
Writing: Contrasting ideas - whereas. However - although. Writing about an invention you couldn't life without.
Famous for fifteen minutes.
Grammar: Modal auxiliary verbs - probability. She might be at home. He could have left early; other uses - May I go now? Can you ski? You don't have to come.
Vocabulary: Making sentences stronger - Adverbs and adjectives very clever, absolutely brilliant. Adverbs and verbs strongly agree, totally forget.
Postscript: Exaggeration and understatement. I'm starving. I'm a little puckish.
Reading: Topic. "Jane Austen, the hottest writer in Hollywood" - the famous English novelist who is enjoying a revival.
Speaking: Talking about the lives of famous people. Discussion - the lives of women past and present.
Listening: One side of a phone conversation. An interview with Tim Rice, who wrote the lyrics to Jesus Christ Superstar, and Paul Nicholas, who played Jesus.
Writing: Writing a fan letter.
Nothing but the truth.
Grammar: Questions. Who wants to speak to me? I wonder what he wants. Don't you like tea? Negatives. I don't think you're right. I told her not to go.
Vocabulary: Groups - workaholics, agoraphobics. Making connections in texts - Antonyms happiness, misery, rich/plain food, rich/poor person.
Postscript: Being polite. I'm sorry to bother you, but… A present for me? How kind! You shouldn't have.
Reading: Topic. "Mysteries of the universe" - puzzles that have plagued human beings for thousands of years.
Speaking: General knowledge quiz. Discussion - retelling a story from another point of view.
Listening: Topic. "Saying I won't" - a radio programme about people who change their mind at the altar. A song - Waiting at the church.
Writing: Joining sentences. Conjunctions whenever, unless. Adverbs anyway, actually.
Things ain't what they used to be!
Grammar: Expressing habit - present habit. I'm always losing my keys; - past habit. We'd play on the sand. Belget used to. I'm used to working hard.
Vocabulary: Money, money, money! tight-fisted, extravagant, fall on hard times. Hot Verbs (4) come and go. I'll go to any lengths. The kinds come first.
Postscript: Time expressions - all day long, the other day, in time, on time.
Reading: Topic. "Living history" - the 100-year-old lady who lives in the past. "People and their money" - who's rich and who's poor these days? (jigsaw).
Speaking: Giving a short talk about your first friend or teacher. Attitudes to money. Homelessness.
Listening: Homelessness - interviews with people who live on the streets, and those who try to help them.
Writing: Writing about a period in history.
If only things were different!
Grammar: Hypothesizing - about the present. If only I had a new car!; about the past. I wish I hadn't said that. You shouldn't have done that.
Vocabulary: Idioms. I had time to kill. I was at a loose end. Bury your head in the sand.
Postscript: Moans and groans. How many times do I have to tell you? I could kick myself.
Reading: Topic. "Those life's perfect anyway? - two people's lives. "Things we never said" - a short story about a failed relationship, by Fiona Goble.
Speaking: Roleplay - two lovers tell each other the truth. Acting out a dramatic scene.
Listening: Topic. A radio play, based on the text. "Things we never said". "Family secrets" - two people talk about a secret in their lives.
Writing: Writing a play with stage directions.
Grammar: Noun phrases a boy licking an ice-cream. Articles and determiners. It's a city in the north, each/every/either, both/all. Adding emphasis - word order, the passive. What annoys me…
Vocabulary: Homophones war or wore? Homonyms a dusty plain, plain food.
Postscript: Linking and commenting personally, obviously, ideally, basically.
Reading: Topic. "Michelangelo" -one of the world's greatest artists. "It blows your mind!" - eye-witness accounts of the first atomic explosion.
Speaking: Discussion - famous photos of the twentieth century. Discussion - how the atomic bomb changed history.
Listening: Topic. Children's jokes. Various people describe great events of the twentieth century.
Writing: Describing a career. Word order and focus of attention.