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English language - 12 Month Course

This course is designed for students to acquire and develop their English language knowledge and skills.This course can be studied over 12 months. The aim of the course is to prepare students to use English for their professional studies and consequently for their professional needs in real life and work.

This course will further give the students the opportunity to speak on general topics, to communicate in an international environment and to understand texts on international topics in the English speaking world.There will be an assignment and personal feedback for students at the end of each section.

The course aims at developing a wide range of skills:

· Language Development, which involves grammar and extensive vocabulary learning.
 · Writing skills, which have a specific focus on literacy and short essays, memorandum, notes.
 · Reading, which involves study of a variety texts and genres of topical relevance.
 · Listening, which includes comprehension of gist and detailed information.
 · Communication skills, which cover communication situations.

1) No place like home.

Focussing on the tense system simple, continuous, perfect, active and passive. Practicing informal spoken language and using compound words such as lifestyle, home town, and house proud.

Assignment: 

Writing assignment 1:

Write a short article for a nature magazine describing an aspect of the natural world that you find beautiful. Remember to: write an article use language to describe. Try to write approximately one page.

2) Been there, done that!

Examining how we use the present perfect, simple and continuous. Practiced spoken English: Being imprecise and how to use fillers appropriately in conversation.The correct use of hot verbs is also examined in this section of the course.

Assignment: 

Reading Source 2:

Read a charity letter from The Woodland Trust. 2 What do you understand about the woodlands in the UK from the letter? Remember to: show your understanding by using your own words support your ideas with the text.

3) What a story!

The use of narrative tenses is explored and spoken English in terms of giving news and responses. The use of the word like is also examined. Vocabulary to discuss books and films is practiced in this section of the course.

Assignment: 

Reading Source 3:

Now read Source 3, ‘Autumn’, an extract from a non-fiction book about nature. 3 How does the writer use language features in the extract? Remember to: give some examples of language features explain the effects.

4) Nothing but the truth:

Looking at questions and negatives and practicing in spoken English the question How come? This course section also explores the use of prefixes and antonyms in context.

Assignment: 

Writing 4:

An area which you like and value in your local community is to be used for building a new office block. Write a letter to your local council arguing that the building project should not go ahead. Remember to: write a letter use language to argue. Try to write approximately two pages.

5) An eye to the future:

Investigating the use of the future forms and how we use the word thing in English in different contexts. A further exploration of the use of additional hot verbs also forms part of this course section.

Assignment: 

Reading 5:

Read Source 1, the online article, ‘The Pontfadog oak was the oldest of the old, revered, loved … and now mourned’ and answer the questions below: 1 (a) List four things you learn about the Pontfadog oak tree.

1 (b) What do you understand about people’s feelings towards the oak tree? Remember to: show your understanding by using your own words support your ideas with the text

6) Making it big:

How to use expressions of quantity in the English Language and use informal expressions of quantity in conversation. Words with variable stress are also practiced in this course section.

Assignment: 

Work sheets 6:

Quantity and size English language work sheets to be completed online. A links to a website where these work sheets can be found will be provided to students.

7) Getting on together:

How to correctly use modal, related verbs, practice declarative questions and questions expressing surprise. In addition, a further examination of alternative hot verbs will be studied.

Assignment: 

Reading 7:

Read Source, ‘Children are sent to school too young in the UK’ by Deborah Orr. 1 What do you understand from the article about the issues of children and starting school?

8) Going to extremes:

How to correctly use relative clauses, participles and adding comments with which in conversation. Furthermore, adverbs collocations and adverbs and adjectives will also be studied.

Assignment: 

Reading 8:

Now read Source, ‘Island children bask in the glow of a virtual classroom, miles from everyone’ by Lindsay McIntosh. 2 Explain how the headline and picture are effective and how they link to the text.

9) Forever friends:

A look at expressing habit and practicing intensifying compounds in spoken English. In addition, there will be a focus on homonyms and homophones.

Assignment: 

Listening, Speaking and Writing tasks.

Students complete the listening and writing tasks on the topic of friendship which can be found on this website below:

http://www.listenaminute.com/f/friends.html

10) Risking life and limb:

A further exploration of how to use additional modal auxillary verbs, how to use expressions with modal verbs in conversation followed by a look at how to use synonyms correctly.

Assignment: 

Writing.

The following statement has appeared in an article on a Lifestyle website: ‘Nobody with any sense would want to live in a dirty, noisy city when they could live on a small island surrounded by fresh air and natural beauty.’ Write an article in reply, which argues your views on the points made in the statement.

11) In your dreams:

A focus on hypothesizing, using expressions with if in spoken English and use word pairs in different contexts.

Assignment: 

Reading.

Now read Source, ‘Home Time’ by Jane Lapotaire. Explain some of the thoughts and feelings the writer has as she cycles home.

12) It’s never too late:

How to use articles and determiners correctly in English.Furthermore, a focus on practicing demonstratives and determiners in spoken English with an emphasis on using various hot words.

Assignment: 

Reading comprehension and Listening.

‘You’re never too old’ Reading: Article taken from the Sunday Times. A Life in the Day: Mary Hobson, translator who gained her PhD aged 74. See this link for article:

http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/style/article30319.ece

Listen to Mary Hobson’s story here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/womanshour/2004_01_tue_01.shtml 

 

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