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4. Syllabus

a. Developing English Language Skills

Title Developing English Language Skills
Unit reference number L/615/0156
Credits 30
Level  3

 

Guided Learning Hours 180 hours Total Qualification Time 300 hours

 

Learning Outcomes;
The Learner will:
Assessment Criteria;
The Learner can:
1. Be able to communicate fluently, accurately and
effectively, speaking on a
range of topics, with appropriate control of grammar, vocabulary and register
1.1 Demonstrate confident and accurate use of a range of tenses and grammatical structures

1.2 Participate in discussion of familiar issues, giving relevant and meaningful contributions appropriate to the conversation and participants

1.3 Demonstrate use of natural stress and intonation

1.4 Demonstrate, when participating in discussion, being understood without any recurring or major difficulty on the part of the listener

1.5 Prepare and present simple information to others confidently and clearly

2. Be able to read with
independence and comprehend the main content and overall
meaning of a range of general texts in English
2.1 Readily grasp the essential meaning of general English texts

2.2 Locate relevant details in a long text

2.3 Demonstrate the ability to understand stances, viewpoints and conclusions made in a range of general English texts

2.4 Understand clearly written and straightforward instructions

3. Be able to write factual, descriptive and explanatory
texts, accurately using a range of linguistic structures and vocabulary, to complete clearly defined tasks
3.1 Demonstrate the ability to write a summary of information given or researched

3.2 Demonstrate the ability to write in a range of different styles appropriate to tasks

3.3 Demonstrate the ability to accurately use different linguistic structures to complete written tasks on a range of familiar topics

3.4 Demonstrate the ability to organise, develop and link points together for a range of clearly defined writing tasks

4. Be able to apply a range of listening strategies in order to understand spoken language on familiar and some unfamiliar topics 4.1 Demonstrate the ability to pick out key information when listening to a range of speakers

4.2 Understand the main points of a linguistically complex lecture or talk

4.3 Demonstrate the ability to predict the content of a conversation or speech on a general topic, based on listening to a brief introduction or extract

4.4 Demonstrate the ability to utilise their listening skills in order to participate meaningfully in discussion of familiar issues

 


Syllabus

Unit No  Title Proportion Content
Intermediate Level
1 Introductions 1/24
6 hours of class time
5 hours of private study
• Present continuous and present simple
• Forming questions
• Everyday activities
• Letter writing
2 Memory 1/24
6 hours of class time
5 hours of private study
• Past simple and past continuous tenses
• Used to
• Writing about a memorable event
• Discussing past events
3 Food and Family 1/24
6 hours of class time
5 hours of private study
• Understanding opinions
• Future forms
• Eating in and eating out
• Adjectives of personality
• Writing about a person
4 Money and
Charity
1/24
6 hours of class time
5 hours of private study
• Present perfect and past simple tenses
• For and since
• Vocabulary related to money
• Strong adjectives
Review Review 1 1 hour of class time
1 hour of private study
• Review the language learned in
Topics 1 – 4
• Formative progress test
5 Transport and
Places
1/24
6 hours of class time
5 hours of private study
• Comparatives and superlatives
• Linking
• Agreeing and disagreeing
• Vocabulary related to transport
• Presentations about cities
• Articles
• Designing a race around a city
6 Rules for Success 1/24
7 hours of class time
6 hours of private study
• Modal verbs
• Relative pronouns
• -ed –ing adjectives
• Phone language
• Sentence stress
7 Sport 1/24
7 hours of class time
6 hours of private study
• Past tenses
• Usually and used to
• Vocabulary related to sport
• Pronouncing the letter ‘s’
• Finding the meaning of key words
8 Appearing on
Film
1/24
7 hours of class time
6 hours of private study
• Passives
• Modals of deduction
• Vocabulary related to film, TV and appearances
• Film reviews
Review Review 2 1 hour of class time
1 hour of private study
• Review the language learned in Topics 5 – 8
• Formative progress test
9 At Home and at School 1/24
6 hours of class time
6 hours of private study
• Conditional sentences
• Future time clauses
• Vocabulary related to home and school
• Comprehension questions
• Sentence stress
10 Working and
Shopping
1/24
7 hours of class time
6 hours of private study
• Reported speech
• Gerunds and infinitives
• Letters of Complaint
• Expressing an opinion
• Agreeing and disagreeing with an argument.
11 The Modern
World
1/24
7 hours of class time
6 hours of private study
• Quantifiers
• Word forms
• Phrasal verbs
• Hypothetical sentences with if
• For and against arguments
• Linking words
• Planning, organising and writing an vessay
• Analysing a writer’s opinion
• Summarising a text
12 Fame and Infamy  1/24
6 hours of class
time
6 hours of private
study 
• Relative clauses
• Question tags
• Vocabulary about crime
• Writing about a famous person
• Skimming a text for key information
• Crime reports
Review Review 3 1 hour of class time
1 hour of private study
• Review the language learned in Topics 9 – 12
• Formative progress test

Upper-intermediate Level

13 Past, Present and Future 1/24
8 hours of class time
4 hours of private study
• Past tenses
• Auxiliary verbs
• Time phrases
• The verb get
• Collocations
14 Questions and Answers 1/24
8 hours of class time
4 hours of private
study
• Question formation
• Word formation
• Compound adjectives
• Working out meaning from context
• Use of dictionaries
15 Varieties of
Writing
1/24
8 hours of class time
4 hours of private study
• Narrative tenses
• Adverbs
• Word stress and intonation
• Writing about an exciting event in the past
• Introduction to IELTS writing
16 Sickness and
Health
1/24
8 hours of class time
3 hours of private study
• Present perfect simple and
continuous
• Adjectives
• Vocabulary about illness
• Introduction to IELTS listening
Review Review 4 1 hour of class time
1 hour of private study
• Review the language learned in Topics 13 – 16
• Formative progress test
17 Travel and Places 1/24
8 hours of class
time
4 hours of private
study
• Past perfect and past perfect
continuous
• Irregular past tenses
• Adverbial phrases
• Note taking
• Presentations
• Introduction to IELTS reading
18 The Environment 1/24
8 hours of class time
4 hours of private study
• Future perfect and future continuous
• Future time clauses
• Vocabulary about the environment and weather
• Introduction to IELTS speaking
19 Feelings and
Emotions
1/24
8 hours of class time
4 hours of private study
• Unreal conditionals
• Structures after wish
• -ed –ing adjectives
• Vocabulary in context
• Regrets
20 Music 1/24
8 hours of class time
4 hours of private study
• Gerunds and infinitives
• used to
• Vocabulary about music
• Borrowed words
• Sentence stress and linking
• Summarising a text
Review Review 5 1 hour of class time
1 hour of private study
• Review the language learned in Topics 17 – 20
• Formative progress test
21 Making an
Argument
1/24
8 hours of class time
4 hours of private study
• Past modals
• Writing a balanced essay
• Verbs of the senses
• Vocabulary about the body
• Making arguments
• IELTS speaking practice
22 Reporting Stories 1/24
8 hours of class time
4 hours of private study
• The passive
• Reporting verbs
• Vocabulary about crime and the media
• Formal and informal letters
• Word formation
• IELTS reading practice
23 The Urban World 1/24
8 hours of class time
4 hours of private study
• Contrast and purpose
• Uncountable and plural nouns
• Prefixes and suffixes
• Listening for gist and details
• Presenting information about a city
• Writing travel reviews
• IELTS reading practice
24 Science 1/24
9 hours of class time
4 hours of private study
• Quantifiers
• Articles
• Vocabulary about science
• Collocations
• Describing data
• Giving presentations
Review Review 6 1 hour of class time
1 hour of private study
• Review the language learned in Topics 21 – 24
• Formative progress test

 

Assessment Type
Local Examination (100%)
See also Section 3 above

 

b. English for Academic Purposes

Title English for Academic Purposes
Unit reference number Y/615/0158
Credits 10
Level 3

 

Guided Learning Hours 60 hours Total Qualification Time 100 hours

 

Syllabus
Unit No Title Proportion Content
Intermediate Level



1 Entertainment 1/5
12 hours of class time
7 hours and 30
minutes of private
study
Students focus on the initial processes and strategies involved when approaching
academic writing, reading and listening tasks:
• Examining structures of academic written texts
• Considering simple, compound and complex sentences
• Considering the basic elements of a paragraph
• Using the passive voice in academic writing
• Considering pre-listening strategies
• Listening for gist and for specific information
• Understanding academic word lists
• Understanding the process of reading
• Using prediction strategies as a pre-reading technique
2 The
Environment
1/5
13 hours of class time
7 hours and 30 minutes of private study
Students focus on detailed processes and strategies for beginning to tackle academic
writing, reading and listening tasks:
• Using word transformations in academic writing
• Using signposting in academic writing
• Practising cohesion within paragraphs
• Considering the use of punctuation in academic writing
• Recognising signposts in a lecture
•Examining solutions to spelling difficulties
• Examining strategies for exploiting Activities in a lecture
• Exploiting the use of visual aids in lectures
• Considering the use of dictionaries
• Understanding how affixes and roots show word meanings
• Practising skimming skills to extract the main idea from a text
• Practising scanning skills to search for specific information in a text
3 Travel and
Transport
1/5
12 hours of class time
7 hours and 30 minutes of private study
Students focus on some of the methods involved in exploiting academic writing, reading and listening materials:
• Examining paraphrasing and summarising other writers’ work
• Understanding the issue of plagiarism and how to reference a source
• Considering thesis statements
• Considering how to respond to questions and instructions in academic writing
• Understanding the paralinguistic features of a lecture
• Examining the use of inference in lectures
• Understanding attitude and opinion in lectures
• Understanding how to deal with less-frequent vocabulary
• Understanding how to use the contents and index pages of a text
• Making inferences from written work
4 Achievements 1/5
11 hours of class time
7 hours and 30 minutes of private study
Students focus on polishing their skills in academic writing, reading and listening:
• Organising details and examples in a written text
• Providing feedback on a piece of writing
• Considering paragraph divisions within a text
• Examining how referencing is used by lecturers
• Considering the structure of academic lectures
• Working out the meaning of unknown vocabulary
• Practising intensive reading
• Considering the use of linking words in a text
• Practising note-taking techniques
5 Technology 1/5
12 hours of class time
8 hours of private study
Students focus on techniques for enhancing their skills in academic writing, reading, and
listening:
• Examining techniques for adding and hiding opinion in writing
• Considering the importance of proof reading
• Correcting written work based on criteria
• Developing a system of abbreviations for notetaking
• Discovering how best to record new vocabulary
• Finding further reading material on a subject
• Examining connotations and opinions in writing
Assessment Type 
Global Assignment (100%)
See also Section 3 above

 

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