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More details on the content of each level are given below. This will help you evaluate which class is best for you but please also check our languages and levels page.

British Sign Language (BSL) Beginners

Level

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Beginners

To enrol for Term 1 no prior knowledge is required.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1:

- introducing yourself

- greetings, meeting people/friends

- fingerspelling alphabet

- handshapes

- studies, jobs

- basic numbers

- days of week/months

- colours

- transport, travel

- asking and answering basic questions

 

Basic BSL Grammar

-BSL order

- placement

- facial expression (NMF)

-5 rules of phonology

 

Basic information about Deaf Culture

-getting attention

- Deaf or deaf?

To enrol for Term 2 you should have a very basic knowledge of BSL.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Beginners A1, Term 1.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2:

- relationships, family and friends

- hobbies, sports & other interests

- food and drink

- shopping: asking and giving prices

- more numbers, dates

- timelines

- weather

-questions / answer / conversations

- fingerspelling skills

 

More basic BSL Grammar

-revision of Term 1 grammar

- role of mouth patterns

- 2 types of signing space

- pronouns and proforms

- question types

 

More information about Deaf Culture

-Facts and figures

To enrol for Term 3 you should have a very basic knowledge of BSL.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Beginners A1, Term 1 and 2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 3:

- daily routine

- weekends

- eating out

- clothes

- buying consumer goods

- recent events in the past

- fingerspelling skills

- stories/ presentations/ conversations

 

More basic BSL Grammar

-revision of Term 1 & 2 grammar

- more about NMF

- types of verbs

- classifiers

- aspect and manner

 

More information about Deaf Culture

-Deaf families

- Deaf history

 

Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

British Sign Language (BSL) Pre-Intermediate

Level

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Pre-Intermediate

To enrol for Term 1 you should have a basic knowledge of BSL.

You will be expected to have some knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in BSL Beginners.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1:

Greetings

Questions on personal information

Follow-up questions

Repetition/clarification 

Turn-taking

Work issues –

Job roles

Family issues 

Illnesses

Opinions/likes

Christmas Story in BSL

 

BSL Grammar

- sign without English Structure or Signed Supported English (SSE)

- Introduction on SSE

Fingerspelling

Handshape movement

Non-manual features

Placement – Topographical & Syntactic Space including Hierarchies

Eye Gaze

Lip pattern or mouth patterns – Multi channels

Classifiers

 

Information about Deaf Culture

Deaf Schools & Mainstream School

Religion

To enrol for Term 2 you should have a basic knowledge of BSL.

You will be expected to have some knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in BSL, Term 1.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2:

Greetings

Questions on personal information

Follow-up questions

Repetition/Clarification

Turn-taking

Places to visit

Complaints and Compliments

Holidays

Restaurant/Payments

Hospital – health – Treatment

 

BSL Grammar

Fingerspelling

Handshape movement

Non-manual features

Placement -

-Topographical -   Syntactic Space including Hierarchies

Eye Gaze

Role Shift

Lip pattern or mouth patterns – Multi channels

Classifiers

 

 

 

Information about Deaf Culture

-BSL History

- BSL Act

- International Signs

To enrol for Term 3 you should have a basic knowledge of BSL.

You will be expected to have some knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in BSL, Term 1 & 2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 3:

Greetings

Questions on personal information

Follow-up questions

Repetition/Clarification

Turn-taking

Food shopping

Attitudes/Opinions

Leisure activities

Food shopping

Travelling

News

 

 

BSL Grammar

Fingerspelling

Handshape movement

Non-manual features

Placement -

-Topographical -   Syntactic Space including Hierarchies

Eye Gaze

Role Shift

Lip pattern or mouth patterns – Multi channels

Classifiers

 

 

 

Information about Deaf Culture

-          BSL GCSE

 

 

Additional material: Online sources

Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

Chinese Beginners

Level

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Beginners

To enrol for Term 1 no prior knowledge is required.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1:

- Pinyin (alphabet): initials, finals and tones

- introducing yourself

- simple greetings

- useful phrases

- asking and answering basic questions

- names: first name, surname

- numbers (0-99)

 

- character writing: 笔画、偏旁(stroke, radical)

- key verbs :是、叫、姓  … (to be, to be called, surname)

- negation: 不 (no/not)

- articles: 呢、吗

To enrol for Term 2 you should have a very basic knowledge of Chinese.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Beginners A1, Term 1.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2:

- practise and revise Pinyin

- nationalities

- social titles

- family members

- professions

- year, month, dates and days

- ages and birthdays

 

- some useful verbs: 做、写、看、喝上网 … (to do, write, look/see/watch/read, drink, online surfing …)

- question phrases: 什么、哪国、哪里、哪天、谁、几  ... (what, which, where, when, who, how many/much ... )

To enrol for Term 3 you should have a very basic knowledge of Chinese.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Beginners A1, Term 1 and 2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 3:

- making friends

- asking the time and making appointments

- date and weather

- shopping

- at the restaurant

- asking for direction

- at the hotel

 

- time: 点、分、秒 (dian, fen, miao)

- money units: 元、角、分 (Yuan, jiao, fen)

- directions: 东、南、西、北 (east, south, west, north)

 

The course book indicated is for information only and should only be bought after week 1 of the course that you attend: Chinese in Steps, Book 1. George X Zhang, Linda M Li, Lik Suen. 2nd edition. ISBN: 978-1-907838-10-1

 

Term 1: Autumn Term: approx. Chapter 1 – 2; Term 2: Winter Term: approx. Chapter 3 – 4/5; Term 3: Spring Term: chapter 5 and extra materials

 

Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

Chinese Pre-Intermediate

Level

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Pre-Intermediate

To enrol for Term 1 you should have completed a beginners’ course, or studied Chinese up to 100-150 characters or equivalent level.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in the Beginners course A1, Term 1-3.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1

- Pinyin revision

- say one does something

- say one is doing something at a particular time

- talking about food and drinks

- likes and dislikes

- can / should

- favourites

 

- useful verbs:  说、有、学 、打、点、吃、喝  …

(speak/talk, have, study/learn, play, order, eat, drink … )

- adverbs: 都 、也

(both/all, also )

To enrol for Term 2 you should have completed a beginners’ course, or studied Chinese up to 250-300 words or equivalent level.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Pre-Intermediate A2, Term 1.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2

- ordering food and drinks in a restaurant

- measurements

- likes and dislikes for food & drinks

- discuss jobs and occupations

- talk about family life

- how to say hungry and thirsty

- how to offer something to drink and eat

 

- useful verbs: 累、忙、 饿、 渴、… (tired, busy, hungry, thirsty … )

- speech patterns: A 比 B + adjective (A compared with B + adjective) A 和 B 一样热

To enrol for Term 3 you should have completed a beginners’ course, or studied Chinese characters up to 300 or equivalent level.

You will be expected to have to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Pre-Intermediate A2, Term 1 and 2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 3

- Weather and Seasons

- make comparisons and give suggestions

- talk about going somewhere to do something

- talk about coming to do something

- public transport

- extra materials for speaking (optional)

 

- useful verbs: 走、骑、来 ... (walk, ride, come ... )

- words with same Pinyin做/作、 坐/座 (do/work, sit/seat)

- speech patterns:

subject + time word + verb-object + 来/去 + place

 

The course book indicated is for information only and should only be bought after week 1 of the course that you attend: Chinese in Steps, Book 1. George X Zhang, Linda M Li, Lik Suen. 2nd edition. ISBN: 978-1-907838-10-1

 

Term 1: Autumn Term: approx. Chapter 5 – 6; Term 2: Winter Term: approx. Chapter 7 – 8; Term 3: Spring Term: approx. Chapter 9 – 10

 

Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

Chinese Intermediate

Level

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Intermediate

To enrol for Term 1 you should have a good basic knowledge of the language, or studied Chinese up to GCSE level or equivalent.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in the Pre-Intermediate course A2, Term 1-3.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1

- talking about location of something or someone

- give directions on how to find a place/person/thing

-talking about position of something/someone

- talking about currency

- how to ask about price

- how to bargain in Chinese

 

- Location words: 左、右、前、后、旁边、对面、中间  … (left, right, front, back, next, opposite …)

- money units: 元、角、分、块、毛

(Yuan, jiao, fen, kuai, mao …)

- Units of weight: 斤 (jin)

- Units of measurement: 本、张、只、盘、瓶 …

To enrol for Term 2 you should have a good basic knowledge of the language, or studied Chinese up to GCSE level or equivalent.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in the Intermediate course B1, Term 1.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2

- how to tell/ask time

- shops/services opening and closing times

- length of journey

- giving detailed directions

- at the doctor

 

- time phrases: 点、刻、分、秒、差 … (hour, quarter, minute, second, to …)

- modal verbs: 要、应该、可以 … (need, shall/should, may … )

- Sentence patterns: …几点 … ;  … 什么时候 … (What time … ?); … 怎么走? (How to get to …?)

To enrol for Term 3 you should have a good basic knowledge of the language, or studied Chinese up to GCSE level or equivalent.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in the Intermediate course A2, Term 1 and 2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 3

- talking about the exchange rate

- change of state or condition

- exchange rates and currency exchange

- public transport

- express the duration of an accomplished action

 

- currency: 美元、日元、英镑、人民币 … (dollar, Japanese Yuen, Pound, RMB … )

- time phrases for past, present and future: 前天、昨天、今天、明天、后天 … (the day before yesterday, yesterday, today, tomorrow, the day after tomorrow … )

- Negations: 不、没

 

The course book indicated is for information only and should only be bought after week 1 of the course that you attend: Chinese in Steps, Book 2. George X Zhang, Linda M Li, Lik Suen. 2nd edition. ISBN: 978-1-907838-11-8

 

Term 1: Autumn Term: approx. Chapter 11 – 12; Term 2: Winter Term: approx. Chapter 13 – 14; Term 3: Spring Term: approx. Chapter 15 – 16

 

Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

Chinese Upper-Intermediate level 1

Level

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Upper – Intermediate

Level 1

To enrol for Term 1 you should have a good basic knowledge of the language, or studied Chinese at or above GCSE level or equi-valent. You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in the Inter-mediate course, Term 1-3.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1

(BK2, L 16 – L19)

- I came by bus (Bicycles in China)

- You speak Mandarin very fluently (Chinese Compliments)

- What are you doing (Chinese Romantic Relationships)

- The computer I have just bought is both inexpensive and good (Modern Chinese Vocabulary)

 

- ask for and give specific information about past action, the length of an accomplished action and the distance

怎么来的,打的去的,学了多长时间,A离B远吗

- words stating frequency of action:

总是,通常,常常/经常,有时候,很少,从不

- how to use the verb complement 得

- two concurrent activities 一边。。。一边。。。

- current continuous activities (正)在

- indirect disagreement 

- ‘both … and …’  又。。。又。。。

To enrol for Term 2 you should have a good basic knowledge of the language, or studied Chinese up to GCSE level or equivalent.

You will be expected to have already some know-ledge of the grammar covered in the Upper- Intermediate course Term 1.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2

(BK2, L20 – BK3, L22)

- visiting the Great Wall (Yellow River)

- warm-up lesson

- I am coming down right now (Formal and Informal Styles in Chinese)

- Have you seen today’s  newspaper (Chinese Hospitality)

 

- two consecutive actions in sequence

一。。。就。。。

- imminent future action (快/就)要

- use of construction: 连。。。都/也and 要是。。。的话

- immediately 马上

- most commonly used compound directional complements

走 + (上来/上去,下来/下去,进来/进去,出来/出去,回来/回去,过来/过去,起来)

- V + (见、到、完、好、懂、对、错、住、清楚)

- potential complements and 能

- potential complements and complements of degree

To enrol for Term 3 you should have a good basic knowledge of the language, or studied Chinese up to GCSE level or equivalent.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in the Upper - Intermediate course B, Term 1 and 2.

 

 Topics to be covered in Term 3

(BK3, L 23 – L 26)

- Sichuan food is too spicy, I can’t take it (Chinese Vegetarian food)

- This pair of shoes are too small for me (Measurements in China)

-There is a Chinese painting on the wall in the lounge (Modern Chinese Clothes)

- I don’t feel like eating anything (Chinese food)

 

- How to use potential compliment verb + 得 + a resultative compliment

- conjunction words 虽然。。。可是。。。

- the difference between 合适 and 适合;老土 and 土气

- use着 to indicate durative result of an action、也/都、

- measure words 双、只、杯、条、件、杯、碗、瓶、张、本、斤、台、个

- Chinese word formation 中、国、山

- Question words used in an indefinite sense, such as 什么、哪、哪儿、谁、怎么、几

 

(This class will not run in 2017-18. )

The course book indicated below is for your information only.

Coursebook: Chinese in Steps, Book 2 (ISBN 978-1-907838-11-8) & Chinese in Steps, Book 3 (ISBN: 978-1-907838-12-5). George X Zhang, Linda M Li, Fei Gao. 2nd edition.

Term 1: Autumn Term: approx. Chapter 16-19 (BK2); Term 2: Winter Term: approx. Chapter 20(BK2) & Chapter 21 – 22 (BK3); Term 3: Spring Term: approx. Chapter 23 – 26 (BK3)

Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of material.

Chinese Upper-Intermediate level 2

Level

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Upper – Intermediate

Level 2

To enrol for Term 1 you should have a good knowledge of the language, or studied Chinese at or above GCSE level or equivalent

You will be expected to have already some good knowledge of the grammar covered in the Upper-Intermediate Level 1 course, Term 1-3.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1

(BK3, L 27 – L30)

- Where did I put the milk (Chinese Daily Life)

- My computer was stolen (Computer and its Chinese names)

- Please fill in this registration form (Chinese Early Birds)

- Talking about the temperature (Private Tutors)

 

- the usage of 把、除了。。。以外,还/也/都

- the passive word 被and 把,and the different usage of them

- tongue twisters

- usage of 既然。。。就。。。

- imperative sentences 把他找来 / 别被人找到了

- new vocabularies with known characters

- Chinese word formation 学、豆、牛、红

- word combinations

- different usage of 是。。。的。。。

To enrol for Term 2 you should have a good knowledge of the language, or studied Chinese at or above GCSE level or equivalent.

You will be expected to have already some good knowledge of the grammar covered in the Upper - Intermediate Level 1 course, Term 1.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2

(BK4, Warming up – L33)

- Warming up Lesson

- Registering at a university (Chinese education)

- Selecting a course (Physical activities in China)

- At a bank (Chinese banking industry)

 

- conditional conjunctions 如果,

- 不仅。。。而且。。。

- 不是A是B

- Otherwise 不然

- 不管。。。都。。.

- Other grammar notes  from various materials

 

To enrol for Term 3 you should have a good knowledge of the language, or studied Chinese at or above GCSE level or equivalent.

You will be expected to have already some good knowledge of the grammar covered in the Upper - Intermediate Level 1 course, Term 1 and 2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 3

(BK4, L34 – L36)

- In a post office (Chinese Zodiac Sign)

- At a barber’s (Beauty Treatment in China)

- Asking for leave (Leave of absence)

- Other learning materials from online resources

 

- measure word 几

- Gregorian calendar and Lunar calendar

- 连。。。带。。。

- Verb + 起来

- 十几,几十

- 没想到。。。

- 谁知道呢!

- 替 + Verb

- make known widely广而告之

 

The course book indicated below is for your information only.

Coursebooks: Chinese in Steps, Book 3 (ISBN: 978-1-907838-12-5). George X Zhang, Linda M Li, Fei Gao. 2nd edition, and Chinese in Steps, Book 4 (ISBN: 978-1-8457-0024-9). George X Zhang, Linda M Li, Fei Gao. Reprinted in July 2014

Term 1: Autumn Term: approx. BK3, Chapter 27-30; Term 2: Winter Term: approx. BK4, Chapter Warming up – 33; Term 3: Spring Term: approx. BK4, Chapter 34 – 36

Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of material

English as a Foreign Language Intermediate

* CEFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/sites/default/files/cefr-en.pdf

 

Level

CEFR*

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Intermediate

B1+

To enrol for Term 1 you should have a good basic knowledge of the language.

You will be expected to have some knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in a pre-intermediate course.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1:

- Leisure time activities

- Likes and dislikes

- Feelings

- Work

- Food/cooking

- Showing concern

- Giving/responding to advice

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- Question forms (review) (Who does Sarah work for?)

- Positive/negative verb forms (review) (I really love… / I can’t stand…)

- Question tags

(You work with Dave, don’t you?)

- Modals: Be able to/ be supposed to/ be allowed to

- Present Simple/Continuous

(My father cooks a meal every evening / teenagers are eating more fast food these days).

To enrol for Term 2 you should have a good basic knowledge of the language.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Intermediate B1+, Term 1.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2:

- Travel

- Tourism

- Volunteering

- Asking for / making recommendations

- Music

- Describing experiences

- Personality

- Describing people

- Modifying opinions

- Making generalisations

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- Present Perfect Simple/

Continuous

(we have lived here for years / we have been living here for years)

- Past Simple/ Continuous

(We decided to open a restaurant / In 1998 they were touring in Europe)

- Used to

(She used to go swimming every week)

- Past Perfect

(When I turned on the TV, the programme had started)

To enrol for Term 3 you should have a good basic knowledge of the language.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Intermediate B1+, Term 2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 3:

- Homes

- Possessions

- Traditions

- Birthdays

- Needs

- Explaining what you need

- Taking part in discussions

- Making comparisons

- Making plans

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- Comparatives, superlative

(It seemed slightly bigger than our house / it had the most amazing view)

- The Future: will/ going to/ (I’ll put it away / I’m going to write the report later)

- Conditionals

First, zero (If I start teaching again, I’ll be exhausted after a year / If my children go to a friend’s house, they call me)

Modal verbs: (If I went to Egypt, I could learn Arabic.)

Imperatives (If you want happy children, give them back their freedom)

In case (Take an umbrella with you in case it rains)

 

The course book indicated is for information only and should only be bought after week 1 of the course that you attend: Redston, C & Cunningham, G. (2013). Face2face: intermediate student's book. Cambridge, Cambridge University press. ISBN: 9781107422100

 

Please note that the syllabus may vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

English as a Foreign Language Upper-Intermediate

* CEFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/sites/default/files/cefr-en.pdf

 

Level

CEFR*

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Upper Intermediate

B2

To enrol for Term 1, you should have a good command of the language. You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in the Intermediate course B1+, Term 1-3

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1:

- Discussing language ability

- Education and technology

- Food and health

- Verb patterns: I persuaded Steve to buy a new car

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- The simple aspect: They live in Guildford; we visited the city

- The continuous aspect:

I am studying English

- The perfect aspect: English has become a global language

- The passive: The meeting was arranged for Tuesday

- Uses of auxiliaries: be, have, do + verb (e.g. I am doing a Master’s)

- Question tags: You’ve moved house, haven’t you?

- Present habits, repeated actions and states: I just eat what I like but I think I’m pretty healthy

- Past habits, repeated actions and states: I used to walk to work every day, even though I owned a car.

To enrol for Term 2 you should have a good command of the language.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Upper Intermediate B2, Term 1.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2:

- Feelings and opinions

- Crime and punishment

- Books and reading

- Common adjectives

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- Second conditional:

If I had enough money, I would buy a new car

- Third conditional: If I had got there earlier, I wouldn’t have missed her

- Past Perfect Simple: After she arrived, I told her what had happened

- Past Perfect Continuous: They had been looking for ages before they saw the house they wanted

- Defining relative clauses: The neighbour who lives opposite is often away

- Non-defining relative clauses: My best friend, who has lived abroad for ages, has moved back to the UK

To enrol for Term 3 you should have a good command of the language.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Upper Intermediate B2, Term 2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 3:

- Business and trade

- The cinema and art

- Household jobs

- Colloquial and vague language

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- Uses of verb + -ing: Despite having little time, they managed to do everything.

- State verbs: I want a new car

- Present Perfect Simple:

I have known her for years.

- Present Perfect Continuous: I have been working there since 2014.

- Expressing wishes I wish I could take a year off work.

- The passive: She was awarded first prize

- Future continuous: We will be passing by your place tonight

- Future Perfect: I will have finished by nine o’clock

- Reported speech: He told me to say hello to you

- Modals: They might be late

 

The course book indicated is for information only and should only be bought after week 1 of the course that you attend:Redston, C. & Cunningham, G. (2013). Face2face (2nd edition): Upper Intermediate student's book. Cambridge, Cambridge University press. ISBN: 9781107422018

 

Please note that the syllabus may vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

English as a Foreign Language Advanced

Level

CEFR*

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Advanced

C1

To enrol for Term 1 you should have a good general knowledge of the language.

You will be expected to have some knowledge of the language and grammar covered at an upper intermediate (B2) level. 

Topics to be covered in Term 1:

- Communicating

- Discussing friendships

- Sayings / Idioms

- Exceptional talent/people

- Describing places

- Discussing confidence; connotation with character adjectives

- Discussing health issues: phrasal verbs (I’ve come outin a rash)

- Euphemisms 

Main grammar to be covered:

- Time expressions with the Past Simple and Present Perfect (I finished the course a few weeks ago; I’ve bought several books over the past few months)

- Cleft sentences: what and it clauses (What I do if I get stressed is talk to my friends)

- Relative clauses with prepositions (She’s the woman that/who I spoke to or She’s the woman to whom I spoke)

- Participle clauses (Arriving late, we couldn’t find a room)

- Language patterns with it (It’s incredible that no one was hurt)

- Inversion (Rarely am I able to get out before seven)

To enrol for Term 2 you should have a good general knowledge of the language.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Advanced C1, Term 1. 

Topics to be covered in Term 2:

- Society and the media

- Cities and technology

- Newspapers

- Celebrity lifestyles

- Young people and success

- Work issues and priorities

- Unusual habits and behaviour

- Advertising and ethics

- Storytelling

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- Phrases referring to the future (She’s on the verge of leaving her job)

- Expressing future in the past (We didn’t know our ideas were going tobe successful)

- Reflexive pronouns (She read the script to herself)

- Formal and informal ways of comparing (The paperwork is considerably more/less complicated than I thought it would be – the paperwork is way more/less complicated than I thought it would be)

- Position of adverbials (Surprisingly it worked; she’s always right; I try to exercise every day)

To enrol for Term 3 you should have a good general knowledge of the language.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Advanced C1, Term 2. 

Topics to be covered in Term 3:

- Freedom and punishment

- Government and society

- Making a difference

- Discussing fear

- Discussing gender

- Money and happiness

- World issues and economics

- Creativity and inventions

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- Conditionals: non-basic forms (If you’regoing to commit a burglary, you’ll have to be careful what you wear)

- Mixed conditionals (If he had been more honest, he wouldn’t be in such trouble now)

- Formal conditionals (If it should (happen to) rain, we won’t go out)

- Impersonal report structures (It is claimed that even your financial records can be accessed)

- Past verb forms with present or future meaning (I’d prefer it if a lot more people got directly involved)

- Simple vs continuous: verbs with different meanings (I now see why she found it difficult – I’mseeing Joe tonight)

- Subject/verb agreement

 The course book indicated is for information only and should only be bought after week 1 of the course that you attend: Cunningham, G. and Bell, J. (2013). Face2face: Advanced student's book. Cambridge, Cambridge University press. ISBN: 9781107679344.  NOTE:  The syllabus may vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

French Beginners

* CEFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/sites/default/files/cefr-en.pdf

 

Level

CEFR*

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Beginners

A1

To enrol for Term 1 no prior knowledge is required.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1:

- introducing yourself and family

- greetings

- asking and answering basic questions

- name of nationalities, languages, studies, jobs

- alphabet

- numbers

 

Main grammar to be covered:

 

- regular verbs in present tense: j’habite, tu habites… (I live, you live)

- some irregular verbs in present tense: Je suis, tu es… (I am, you are…)

- the negative of the verb: ne… pas [not]

- articles: le, la, l’ / un, une (the / a)

- Il y a: there is, there are

To enrol for Term 2 you should have a very basic knowledge of French.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Beginners A1, Term 1.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2:

- likes and dislikes

- ordering food and drink

- shopping: asking and giving prices

- booking a hotel room

- simple emails

- describing houses

 

Main grammar to be covered:

 

- more regular and irregular verbs in present tense: je vais, tu vas… (I go, you go)

- Pouvoir, vouloir (to be able, to want)

- possessive adjectives: my, your, his/her, your, their [mon/ma/mes ; ton/ta/tes ; son/sa/ses ; notre/nos ; votre/vos ; leur/leurs]

- demonstrative adjectives: ce, cet, cette, ces [this/that, these/those]

To enrol for Term 3 you should have a very basic knowledge of French.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Beginners A1, Term 1 and 2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 3:

- talking about daily routine

- buying consumer goods

- recent events in the past

 

Main grammar to be covered:

 

- present perfect tense: J’ai travaillé (I have worked/I worked), j’ai dormi (I have slept/I slept)

- prepositions + adverbs: au bout de (at the end of), près de (near)

- irregular past participles: j’ai dit (I said), j’ai écrit (I wrote)

- Expressing periods of time: pendant, depuis, il y a (during, for/since, ago)

 

The course book indicated is for information only and should only be bought after week 1 of the course that you attend:Voilà! A French Course for Adult Beginners. Jacqueline Gonthier, Crispin Geoghegan. 3rd edition. ISBN: 9781473601192

 

Term 1: Autumn Term: approx. Chapter 1 – 4; Term 2: Winter Term: approx. Chapter 5 – 8; Term 3: Spring Term: approx. Chapter 9 – 12.

 

Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

French Pre-Intermediate

* CEFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/sites/default/files/cefr-en.pdf

 

Level

CEFR

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Pre-Intermediate

A2

To enrol for Term 1, you should have an elementary command of the language. You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in the Beginners Course A1, Term 1-3

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1:

- Everyday tasks and administration

- Family life

- Health

- Relationships

- French culture and heritage

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- Revision of question forms: Qu’est-ce que c’est ? (What is it?)

- Reflexive verbs in the present tense: Je me lève à 6 heures (I get up at 6)

- Near future with ‘going to’ and reflexive infinitives: Ils vont se marier (they are going to get married)

- Imperative: Prenez deux comprimés (take two tablets)

- Present perfect tense revision with regular and irregular verbs: J’ai écouté (I listened/I have listened), Nous avons pris (We took/ we have taken)

- Past participle agreement: Elle est allée (she went), nous sommes restés (we stayed)

To enrol for Term 2 you should have an elementary command of the language.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Pre-Intermediate A2, Term 1.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2:

- Housing

- Places: detailed directions, idiomatic expressions, furnishings

- The workplace

- Describing people and personality traits

 - Sport and leisure

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- Irregular adjectives: beau(x), belle(s) (beautiful), vieux/vieille(s) (old)

 - Prepositions of place: dans (in), à (at/in/to)

- Reflexive verbs with passive meaning: Où se trouve la gare ? (Where is the railway station?)

- Uses of savoir/connaître (to know a fact / person, place etc.)

- Negation: ne… plus (no longer), ne… jamais (never)

- Future tense, regular and irregular verbs: je jouerai (I will play), j’irai (I will go).

To enrol for Term 3 you should have an elementary command of the language.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Pre-Intermediate A2, Term 2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 3:

- Business

- DIY

- Weather and climate

- Higher education

- Expressing opinions

- Debating ideas

- Urban life: cultural and sporting activities, crime, social problems

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- Expressing time: pendant, depuis, il y a, pour (during, for/since, ago, for)

- Demonstrative adjectives: ce, cet, cette, ces (this, that, these, those)

- Comparatives: plus, moins, aussi/autant + que (more, less than, as…as)

- Recent past with ‘venir de’: Nous venons d’arriver (we just arrived).

- Relative pronouns: qui, que, où(who, which, that, where)

- Imperfect tense: J’étais (I was/ I used to be…)

- Passive voice:Le château a été construit en 1662 (The castle was built in 1662).

 

The course book indicated is for information only and should only be bought after week 1 of the course that you attend: Miquel, C. (2015). Vite et Bien 1: Méthode rapide pour adultes A1/A2. CLE International. ISBN: 9782090352726

Term 1: Autumn Term: approx. Chapter 5 – 10; Term 2: Winter Term: approx. Chapter 11 – 15; Term 3: Spring Term: approx. Chapter 16 – 20.

[Please note that topics and grammar from Chapters 1 – 4 are very similar to content covered on the Beginners course and will therefore not be repeated in class. However, students are encouraged to consult these chapters for revision exercises either prior to or during the first term.]

Please note that the syllabus may vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

French Intermediate

* CEFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/sites/default/files/cefr-en.pdf

 

Level

CEFR*

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Intermediate

A2+

To enrol for Term 1 intermediate level prior knowledge of French is needed. You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Pre-Intermediate A1.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1:

- expressing certainty and uncertainty

- approving or disagreeing

- expressing or asking for an opinion

- justifying a choice

- expressing an intention

- comparing

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- recent past: je viens de (I have just…)

- some regular and irregular verbs in perfect and imperfect tense: je suis allé(s), j‘ai vécu, je faisais ...(I went, I lived, I did)

- the negation: ne… pas, ne …, ni…ni (not, neither/nor)

- restriction : ne...que (only)

- double pronoun order: me ... le : Je vous la donne (I’m giving it to you)

- revision on interrogation: tu peux, est-ce que tu peux, peux-tu? (Can you… )]

To enrol for Term 2 prior knowledge of French is needed.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Intermediate B1, Term 1.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2:

- expressing emotions and feelings (fears, surprise, anger, regrets …)

- suggesting to do something

- replying to a proposal

- asking favours

- offering, lending

- promising

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- pronouns: Y, en

- expressing periods of time: ça fait …que, il y a…que, depuis, pendant … (for, during since)

- subjunctive mood: sache, prenne ... (know, take…)

- demonstrative and interrogative : celui, celle, quel, quelle ... (this one/that which)

- frequency: de temps en temps, quelquefois ... (from time to time, sometimes)

To enrol for Term 3 prior knowledge of French is needed.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Intermediate B1, Term 1 and 2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 3:

- interacting by telephone/email

- complaining, protesting, opposing

- highlighting facts

- expressing hypothesis, condition, obviousness

- expressing causes and consequences

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- opposition: par contre, au contraire, bien que etc. (on the contrary, although)

- cause and consequence: puisque, grâce à etc. (because, since, thanks to…)

- passive form: a été créée par … (was created by…)

- condition and hypothesis: si tu habitais en France, à condition que… (if you lived in France, provided that…)

- conditional: j’aimerais bien … (I would like…)

- gerundive: en étant, en ayant ... (being, having)

 

The course content for French Intermediate will be updated.

Term 1: Autumn Term: approx. Chapter 1 – 4; Term 2: Winter Term: approx. Chapter 5 – 8; Term 3: Spring Term: approx. Chapter 9 – 12.

 

Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

French Advanced

Level B2 – CEFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/sites/default/files/cefr-en.pdf

To enrol for Term 1, 2 or 3 you should have a good command of the language and its main grammatical structures or have recently achieved a good grade at A-Level.

Aims and Objectives:

The aim of the course is to enable students who already have a good knowledge of French language to acquire an advanced level. Students will be able to communicate in all situations within French speaking countries, converse with native speakers and follow debates on a wide range of issues as well as express themselves with more complex and linguistically accurate structures.

Functions:

- Expressing a wide range of opinions and reactions

- Debating, commenting, explaining, describing

- Improving reading skills using authentic material

- Improving listening skills using authentic material

Topics to be covered: Contemporary society, current affairs and literature.

Material: Authentic material from various sources such as French newspapers or magazines, books, French television programmes, film extracts, music.

Course book: Your tutor will inform you which book he/she will recommend.

Grammar: selection of the following:

Passive - Reported speech with present, past and future tenses - Historic past – Pronouns – Adverbs - Idiomatic verbs - Subjunctive tenses - Present participle – Gerundive - Linking words - Conditional tenses.

Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

German Beginners

* CEFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/sites/default/files/cefr-en.pdf

 

Level

CEFR*

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Beginners

A1

To enrol for Term 1 no prior knowledge is required.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1:

- introducing yourself

- greetings

- asking and answering basic questions

- nationalities, languages, studies, jobs

- alphabet

- numbers

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- present tense, regular verbs: ich wohne, du wohnst… (I live, you live)

- articles: der, das, die; ein, ein, eine (the, a)

To enrol for Term 2 you should have a very basic knowledge of German.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Beginners A1, Term 1.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2:

- talking about family and hobbies

- ordering food and drink

- shopping: asking and giving prices

- booking a hotel room

- telling the time

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- present tense, some irregular verbs: ich spreche, du sprichst… (I speak, you speak)

- accusative case: Ich habe einen Bruder. (I have a brother.)

- possessives: sein, ihr… (his, her)

- plural: die Schwester - die Schwestern (sister - sisters)

- giving directions using the imperative: Gehen Sie, nehmen Sie… (Go…! Take…!)

- modal verbs: können, müssen (can, must)

To enrol for Term 3 you should have a very basic knowledge of German.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Beginners A1, Term 1 and 2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 3:

- talking about daily routine

- buying consumer goods

- recent events in the past

- pro and cons of city versus country

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- present perfect tense: Ich habe Tennis gespielt. (I have played / I played tennis.)

- prepositions + dative case: Er ist im Kino. (He is in the cinema.)

- prepositions + accusative case: Sie geht in den Park.(She is going to the park.)

- adjectives: Das ist ein interessantes Buch. (This is an interesting book.)

- comparative and superlative: kleiner als (smaller than), am kleinsten (the smallest)

 

The course book indicated is for information only and should only be bought after week 1 of the course that you attend: Course book: Willkommen! Beginner’s course. Paul Coggle, Heiner Schenke. 2nd edition. ISBN: 9781444165159 and Activity book: Willkommen! Beginner’s course. Paul Coggle, Heiner Schenke. ISBN: 9781444165180

Term 1: Autumn Term: approx. Chapter 1 – 3; Term 2: Winter Term: approx. Chapter 4 – 6; Term 3: Spring Term: approx. Chapter 7 – 9

 

Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

German Pre-Intermediate

* CEFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/sites/default/files/cefr-en.pdf

 

Level

CEFR*

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Pre-Intermediate

A2

To enrol for Term 1 you should have completed a beginners’ course, or studied German up to GCSE level or equivalent.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in the Beginners course A1, Term 1-3.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1

- talking about languages

- family and relatives

- booking a trip by train, plane, bus

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- subordinate clause with weil, dass(sentences with: because, that)

- comparative and superlative: länger als, am längsten (longer than, the longest)

- modal verb: sollen (should)

To enrol for Term 2 you should have completed a beginners’ course, or studied German up to GCSE level or equivalent.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Pre-Intermediate A2, Term 1.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2

- hobbies and leisure time

- media

- going out (restaurant, cinema...)

- ordering food in a restaurant (menu)

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- adjectives in the nominative and accusative case (without article): Altes Auto gesucht. Verkaufe billigen PC. (Looking for old car. Selling cheap PC.)

- relative clauses in the nominative and accusative case: Der Mann, der… (The man who…)

- indirect questions: Ich möchte wissen, ob du heute kommst. (I would like to know if you are coming today.

To enrol for Term 3 you should have completed a beginners’ course, or studied German up to GCSE level or equivalent.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Pre-Intermediate A2, Term 1 and 2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 3

- advantages and disadvantages of living in the city or countryside

- looking for a flat

- culture (European City of Culture)

- German city (Weimar)

- job ads and career

- how to write a CV

- making professional phone calls

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- present perfect tense, revision: er hat… gelebt (he has lived/he lived); used in spoken German

- imperfect tense, regular verbs (er lebte) he has lived/he lived); used in written German

- modal verbs in the past tense: musste, durfte, konnte…(must have done, was allowed, could have done)

- subordinate clauses with als (sentences with: when)

- expressing politeness using könnte, hätte (could / would)

 

The course book indicated is for information only and should only be bought after week 1 of the course that you attend: Studio d A2. Deutsch als Fremdsprache: Gesamtband Kurs- und Übungsbuch mit Audio-CD. ISBN: 9783464207123

 

Term 1: Autumn Term: approx. Chapter 1 – 3; Term 2: Winter Term: approx. Chapter 4 – 6; Term 3: Spring Term: approx. Chapter 7 – 9

 

Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

German Intermediate

* CEFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/sites/default/files/cefr-en.pdf

 

Level

CEFR*

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Intermediate

B1

To enrol for Term 1 you should have a good basic knowledge of the language, or studied German up to A-Level some years ago or equivalent.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in the Pre-Intermediate course A2, Term 1-3.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1

- perception of time and German history (the Brandenburg Gate)

- daily life (fill in forms: bank & police; strategies against stress)

- on men, women and relationships; expressing opinions

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- imperfect tense, regular verbs, revision: er lebte (he lived/he has lived)

- imperfect tense, regular verbs: er ging (he went)

- subordinate clause with weil, wenn and während (sentences with because, when/ whenever and while)

- giving advice using the subjunctive: du könntest, solltest… (you could, should)

- infinitive with zu: Vergiss nicht, die Pfanzen zu gießen. (Don’t forget to water the plants.)

To enrol for Term 2 you should have a good basic knowledge of the language, or studied German up to A-Level some years ago or equivalent.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Intermediate B1, Term 1.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2

- German region (The Ruhr region)

- school system in Germany

- climate and environment

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- adjectives after the definite article das interessante Buch (the interesting book), without article interessantes Buch (interesting book), after indefinite article ein interessantes Buch (an interesting book); in the nominative, accusative, dative and genitive case

- genitive: wegen des Sturms (because of the storm)

- future: Ich werde meine Eltern besuchen. (I will visit my parents.)

- expressing wishes using the subjunctive: Ich würde, hätte, könnte (I would, had, could)

To enrol for Term 3 you should have a good basic knowledge of the language, or studied German up to A-Level some years ago or equivalent.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Intermediate B1, Term 1 and 2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 3

- culture in Germany and cultural differences

- generations

- migration

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- past perfect: hatte… gekocht (had cooked)

- passive: Die Zwiebel werden geschnitten. (The onions are cut.)

- relative pronouns in the nominative and accusative case, revision: Der Mann, der (The man who…)

- relative pronouns in the dative and genitive case: Der Mann, dem… and Der Mann, dessen (The man whom… The man whose…)

- expressing opposition with obwohl (although)

 

The course book indicated is for information only and should only be bought after week 1 of the course that you attend:Studio d. Deutsch als Fremdsprache Grundstufe B1: Gesamtband Kurs- und Übungsbuch mit Lerner-Audio-CD Hörtexte der Übungen. ISBN: 9783464207192

 

Term 1: Autumn Term: approx. Chapter 1 – 3; Term 2: Winter Term: approx. Chapter 4 – 6; Term 3: Spring Term: approx. Chapter 7 – 9

 

Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

German Advanced

Level B2 – CEFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/sites/default/files/cefr-en.pdf

 

To enrol for Term 1, 2 or 3 you should have a good command of the language and its main grammatical structures or have recently achieved a good grade at A-Level.

 

Aims and Objectives

The aim of the course is to enable students who already have a good knowledge of German to acquire an advanced level. Students will be able to communicate in all situations within German speaking countries, converse with native speakers and follow debates on a wide range of issues as well as express themselves with more complex and linguistically accurate structures.

 

Functions

- Expressing a wide range of opinions and reactions

- Debating, commenting, explaining, describing

- Improving reading skills using authentic material

- Improving listening skills using authentic material

 

Topics to be covered

Contemporary society and current affairs in German speaking countries (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland).

 

The topics may also include a selection of the following from:

Studio d Die Mittelstufe B2: Band 1, Kurs- und Übungsbuch Cornelsen, ISBN: 9783060200948 and/or

Studio d Die Mittelstufe B2: Band 2, Kurs- und Übungsbuch, Cornelsen, ISBN: 9783060200740

The course book indicated is for information only and should only be bought after week 1 of the course that you attend.

 

Studio d B2: Band 1

- Fairy tales

- Books

- Law

- Media

- Education; Jobs

- Food

- Nature

- Love and relationships

Studio d B2: Band 2

- Extremes: extreme behaviours, jobs, bets

- Nature and technology, cars

- Fashion in magazines for men and women, lifestyle

- Fairs, products, brands

- Voluntary engagement

- Architecture: Bauhaus

- The ‘Typical’ German: social milieus, individuality

- Streets and history: Marlene Dietrich

 

Grammar: selection of the following

- Revisions

- Tenses

- Adjectives

- Word order

- Structuring (logical structures)

- Linking devices (lexical, grammatical)

- Stylistic levels, different registers

 

Material: Authentic material from various sources such as German newspapers or magazines, books, German television programs, film extracts, music

 

Italian Beginners

* CEFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/sites/default/files/cefr-en.pdf

 

Level

CEFR*

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Beginners

A1

To enrol for Term 1 no prior knowledge is required.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1:

- first contacts

- greetings

- jobs and professions

- ordering food and drinks

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- present tense Parlo (I speak); lavora in in una scuola (s/he works in a school)

- definite and indefinite articles il/la, un, una (the, a)

- gender of nouns and adjectives un caffè, una pizza (a coffee, a pizza)

To enrol for Term 2 you should have a very basic knowledge of Italian.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Beginners A1, Term 1.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2:

- leisure time

- activities and preferences

- travelling, hotels, holidays

- accommodation

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- reflexive verbs

Mi chiamo Carlo (I’m called Carlo)

- some irregular verbs

Essere; sono (to be, I am)

- pronouns

io, tu, lui/lei/Lei (I, you, he/she/You (formal))

- prepositions with articles

Sono a casa (I’m at home), Vado al cinema (I’m going to the cinema)

To enrol for Term 3 you should have a very basic knowledge of Italian.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Beginners A1, Term 1 and 2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 3:

- talking about the past

- talking about your work, life, habits

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- present perfect tense

Ho mangiato (I ate/I have eaten) ; Davide è andato a Roma (Davide went to Rome)

- imperfect tense

Parlavo (I spoke/ I was speaking)

- adverbs of time: Di solito ceno verso le 8 (I usually have dinner around 8)

 

The course book indicated is for information only and should only be bought after week 1 of the course that you attend: Nuovo Espresso. Libro dello studente e esercizi. Corso di italiano A1. Luciana Ziglio, Giovanna Rizzo. Alma 2014. ISBN: 8861823173

 

Term 1: Autumn Term: approx. Chapter 1 – 3; Term 2: Winter Term: approx. Chapter 4 – 6; Term 3: Spring Term: approx. Chapter 7 – 10.

 

Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

Italian Pre-Intermediate

* CEFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/sites/default/files/cefr-en.pdf

 

Level

CEFR*

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Italian Pre-Intermediate

A2

To enrol for Term 1 you should have completed a beginners’ course, or studied Italian up to GCSE level or equivalent.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in the Beginners course A1, Term 1-3.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1:

- Shopping

- Talking about the past

- Physical and Character description

- Expressing opinions for and against

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- Adverbs (bene, male)

- Comparative (sono più alto di lui, correre è più faticoso che camminare)

- Verb Piacere (Mi piace ballare)

- Pronouns (mi, ti)

- Negative familiar imperative (Non guardare troppa TV)

- Perfect and Imperfect Tense (Sono andato – Andavo; I went – I was going/I used to go]

To enrol for Term 2 you should have completed a beginners’ course, or studied Italian up to GCSE level or equivalent.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Pre-Intermediate A2, Term 1.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2:

- Making a proposal

- Giving advice

- Expressing wishes

- Booking tickets

- Giving instructions

- Talking about food

- Healthy living

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- Familiar imperative (mangia, guarda)

- Present Conditional (vorrei)

- Agreement between pronouns and past tense (L’acqua l’ho comprata ieri)

- Superlative of adverbs (benissimo; really good)

To enrol for Term 3 you should have completed a beginners’ course, or studied Italian up to GCSE level or equivalent.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Pre-Intermediate A2, Term 1 and 2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 3:

- Health

- Sport

- Future plans

- Applying for a job

- Work

- Housing

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- Formal imperative (dica, guardi)

- Adverbs (meglio, peggio)

- Stressed and unstressed pronouns (a me, a te - gli, le)

- Simple Future (Tra dieci anni andrò in pensione)

- Present Subjunctive (Penso che sia un bel film; I think it’s a great film)

 

The course book indicated is for information only and should only be bought after week 1 of the course that you attend: Nuovo Espresso 2. Libro dello studente e esercizi. Corso di italiano A2. Maria Bali, Giovanna Rizzo. Alma 2014. ISBN: 9788861823211

 

Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

Italian Intermediate

* CEFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/sites/default/files/cefr-en.pdf

 

Level

CEFR*

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Italian Intermediate

B1

To enrol for Term 1 you should have a good basic knowledge of the language.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in the Pre-Intermediate course A2, Term 1-3.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1:

- Comparisons

- Invitations

- Expressing opinions and feelings

- Asking for help

- Making plans

- Describing a product, object

- Making a complaint

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- Pronouns ci and ne (ci vado - ne ho comprati tre)

- Combined pronouns (glielo dico io)

- Indicative vs Past Subjunctive

(Sono sicuro che è troppo presto- Penso che sia troppo presto)

- Adverbs with -mente (lentamente, rapidamente)

To enrol for Term 2 you should have a good basic knowledge of the language.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in the Intermediate course B1, Term 1.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2:

- Giving an explanation

- Initiating a conversation on the phone

- Offering help

- Reporting what someone said

- Summarising a book

- Listing advantages and disadvantages

- Expressing agreement and disagreement

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- Imperfect subjunctive (Pensavo che fosse troppo presto)

- Reported speech (La maestra ha detto agli alunni che potevano andare a casa)

- Impersonal forms (Si parla troppo di politica)

- Historic past (Pascoli nacque all’inizio del novecento)

To enrol for Term 3 you should have a good basic knowledge of the language.

You will be expected to have already some knowledge of the grammar covered in the Intermediate course A2, Term 1 and 2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 3:

- Expressing preferences

- Giving advice

- Making hypothesis, assumptions

- Enquiring about places to visit

- Talking about historical figures, trips in the past

- Asking for confirmation

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- Past conditional (Sarebbe venuto prima possibile)

- Passive form with “andare”

(La passata va fatta con pomodori maturi)

- Sebbene, nonostante, malgrado, benché + subjunctive (sebbene piovesse siamo usciti)

- Fare + infinito (Ho fatto comprare il vino a Carlo)

- Adverb “mica” (mica male: not bad)

 

The course book indicated is for information only and should only be bought after week 1 of the course that you attend: Espresso 3 libro dello studente,Maria Balí, Luciana Ziglio, Alma Edizioni (2015) ISBN: 9788861823396

 

Term 1: Autumn Term: approx. up to Chapter 3; Term 2: Winter Term: approx. up to Chapter 6; Term 3: Spring Term: approx. up to Chapter 10

 

Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

Italian Advanced

Level B2 – CEFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/sites/default/files/cefr-en.pdf

 

To enrol for Term 1, 2 or 3 you should have a good command of the language and its main grammatical structures or have recently achieved a good grade at A-Level.

 

Aims and Objectives

The aim of the course is to enable students who already have a good knowledge of to acquire an advanced level. Students will be able to communicate in all situations within speaking countries, converse with native speakers and follow debates on a wide range of issues as well as express themselves with more complex and linguistically accurate structures.

 

Functions

- Expressing a wide range of opinions and reactions

- Debating, commenting, explaining, describing

- Improving reading skills using authentic material

- Improving listening skills using authentic material

 

Topics to be covered

Contemporary society and current affairs

 

The topics may also include a selection of topics from the following course book:

The course book indicated is for information only and should only be bought after week 1 of the course that you attend: Colori d'Italia. Testi e attività per corsi avanzati. P. Quadrini, A. Zannirato. Edilingua Pantelis Marin (2015). ISBN: 9788898433094

 

Grammar: selection of the following:

Subjunctive, Impersonal form, Reported Speech, Passive Form, Imperative, Pronouns, Adverbs, Comparative

 

Material: Authentic material from various sources such Italian newspapers or magazines, books, Italian television programs, film extracts, music

Portuguese Beginners

* CEFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/sites/default/files/cefr-en.pdf

 

Level

CEFR*

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Beginners

A1

To enrol for Term 1 no prior knowledge is required.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1:

-   Greetings and introductions

-   Personal information

-   Nationalities

-   Professions

-   The alphabet

-   Numbers (1-100)

-   Time phrases and telling the time: hours, days of the week, months

-   Colours

-   Family

-   Adjectives

-   Rooms and furniture

-   Classroom/office items

-   Places in the city

-   Daily routine

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- Verbs: ‘ser’, ‘estar’, ‘ter’, ‘poder’ (be, have, can)

- Main questions words: quem, como, quanto (who, how, how much)

- Pronouns – subject, possessive: eu, você, ela (I, you, she); meu, sua, dele (my, your, his)

- Definite and Indefinite articles: o, a (the); um, uma (a)

- Key Prepositions: em, em frente de, atrás (in, in front of, behind)

- Main linking words: mas, e, então (but, and, then, etc.)

- There is/there are: ‘haver

- Present continuous: Eu estou fazendo/Eu estou a fazer (I am doing…)

- Futuregoing to + infinitive (IR + infinitive): Eu vou viajar (I am going to travel)

- Masculine and feminine: médico/médica (male doctor/female doctor)

- Simple Present: Eu estudo; você trabalha (I study; you work)

- Plural (main rules): carro-carros; flor-flores (car-cars; flower-flowers)

To enrol for Term 2 you should have a very basic knowledge of Portuguese.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Beginners A1, Term 1.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2:

- Eating & drinking

- Ordering food

- Likes & dislikes

- Leisure activities

- Describing people

- Inviting someone to an event

- Giving instructions

- Directions

- Booking a hotel/buying tickets

- Means of transportation

- Holidays activities

- Festive dates and events

- Going to the doctor

- Health/illnesses

- Parts of the body

- Physical and character traits

- Numbers (from 100)

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- Simple Present (irregular verbs): Eu leio; você faz (I read; you do/make)

- Prepositions ‘a’, ‘para’, ‘por’ (to, for, by)

- Since/for ‘desde’/ ‘há’

- Comparative: Ela é mais rica do que ele (She is richer than him)

- Superlative (adjectives with the suffix ‘-íssimo’): você é bonitíssimo (you are very handome)

- Imperative (giving orders and instructions): Abra a porta, por favor! (Open the door, please!)

- Verb "ter que" (have to)

To enrol for Term 3 you should have a very basic knowledge of Portuguese.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Beginners A1, Term 1 and 2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 3:

-   Expressing opinion

-   Birthday parties and events

-   Christmas and holidays

-   Childhood

-    Important moments in life

-    Looking for a job

-    Pets

-    Shopping for clothes

-    Colours (review) and sizes

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- Past Pretérito perfeito: Eu trabalhei (I worked)

- Object pronouns ‘me’, ‘te’, ‘o’, ‘a’, ‘nos’, ‘vos’, ‘os’, ‘as’ (me, you, him, us, them)

- Past Pretérito imperfeito: Eu trabalhava (I used to work)

- Relative pronouns: onde, quem, que (where, who, that)

- Adverbs ending in ‘mente’: naturalmente (naturally)

- Andar a + infinitive: Eu ando a estudar (I have been studying)

- Costumar + infinitive: Eu costumo dormir muito (I normally sleep a lot)

The course book indicated is for information only and should only be bought after week 1 of the course that you attend. Please order your course book based on the ISBN number and not on the title only as there are several course books with similar titles or different editions.

 

Course book: Português XXI 1, Livro do Aluno, Ana Tavares, Nível A1 ISBN 978-972-757-927-3

Exercise book: Português XXI 1, Caderno de Exercícios, Ana Tavares, Nível A1 ISBN 978-972-757-933-4 (recommended)

 

Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

Portuguese Pre-Intermediate

* CEFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/sites/default/files/cefr-en.pdf

 

Level

CEFR*

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Pre-Intermediate

A2

To enrol for Term 1 you should have completed a beginners’ course, or studied Italian up to GCSE level or equivalent.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in the Beginners course A1, Term 1-3.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1:

- Talking about self & others (review)

- Personal strengths and weaknesses

- Leisure activities

- Present and past habits

- Physical descriptions

- Services, adverts and publicity

- Warnings, rules and instructions

- TV, music, cinema and theatre

- The weather and natural disasters

- Horoscope, predictions and superstitions

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- Past Pretérito perfeito: Eu trabalhei (I worked)

- Past Pretérito imperfeito: Eu trabalhava (I used to work)

- Pluperfect indicative: Eu tinha comprado (I had bought)

- Prefixes: desgostar; infeliz (dislike; unhappy)

- Imperative (review):

Faça os exercícios (Do the exercises!)

- Personal and impersonal infinitive: Vamos a loja para comprar roupas (We are going to the shop to buy clothes)

- Future Futuro do presente: Eu falarei (I will speak)

To enrol for Term 1 you should have completed a beginners’ course, or studied Italian up to GCSE level or equivalent.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Pre-Intermediate A2, Term 1.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2:

- Food and eating habits

- Tabaco and alcohol

- Work and stress

- Sports

- Going to the doctor and alternative treatments

- Short news articles and the press

- Textual genres

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- Conditional tense: Eu compraria um carro (I would buy a car)

- Indirect speech: Ele disse que viria (He said he would come)

- Compound past perfect indicative: Tenho feito muitas coisas (I have been doing many things)

- Relative pronouns (invariable): quem, onde, que (who, where, that)

- Pronouns positions:

Não me ligue! (Do not call me!)

- Passive voice: A casa foi comprada (The house was bought)

- Double participles: preso/ prendido (arrested)

- Double negative: E não tenho nada (I have nothing)

- Indefinite pronouns: alguém, ninguém, algo, todo (someone, nobody, something, every…)

- Augmentative & diminutive: um carrinho (a small car); um carrão (a big/great car)

To enrol for Term 1 you should have completed a beginners’ course, or studied Italian up to GCSE level or equivalent.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Pre-Intermediate A2, Terms 1 and 2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 3:

- Shopping and expenditure

- Portuguese language variations

- Portuguese Africa

- Main celebrations

- Professions

- City and problems

- Types of packing: pacotes, potes, saquinhos, caixa…

- Ecology & environment

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- Pronominal contraction: Ele não mo deu (He did not give it to me)

- Suffixes: sapataria, babeiro (shoe shop, barber)

- Relative pronouns (variable): cujo/cuja; o qual/a qual (whose, which...)

- Ir + gerund: Vamos trabalhando até cansar (We keep working until we get tired)

- Collective nouns: A tripulação do avião (The airplane crew)

- Present Subjunctive: É possível que eu compre uma casa (It is possible that I buy a house)

 

The course book indicated is for information only and should only be bought after week 1 of the course that you attend. Please order your course book based on the ISBN number and not on the title only as there are several course books with similar titles or different editions.

 

Course book: Português XXI 2, Livro do Aluno, Ana Tavares, Nível A2 ISBN 978-972-757-992-1

Exercise book: Português XXI 2, Caderno de Exercícios, Ana Tavares, Nível A2 ISBN 978-972-757-991-4 (recommended)

 

Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

Russian Beginners

* CEFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/sites/default/files/cefr-en.pdf

 

Level

CEFR*

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Beginners

A1

To enrol for Term 1 no prior knowledge is required.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1:

- introducing yourself

- greetings

- asking and answering basic questions

- nationalities, countries, languages, studies, jobs

- alphabet

- numbers 1-10

- family

- town

- asking and giving directions

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- regular verbs in present tense: знать, понимать (to know, to understand)

- genitive case: от Москвы до Лондона далеко, билет Ивана (from Moscow to London is far)

- possessives: мой-моя, ваш-ваша (my, yours)

- imperatives: Скажите! Идите! (Tell me! Go!)

To enrol for Term 2 you should have a very basic knowledge of Russian.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Beginners A1, Term 1.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2:

- numbers 10-100

-months of the year

-days of the week

- recent events in the past

- ordering food and drink

- booking a hotel room

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- сonjugation of regular verbs/present tense: он работает, она знает (he works, she knows)

- рast tense: он работал, она знала (he worked, she knew)

- some irregular verbs in present tense: жить  ( to live)

- preposition : в театре( in the theatre)

- accusative: в театр , заказать водку (to the theatre, to order vodka)

To enrol for Term 3 you should have a very basic knowledge of Russian.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Beginners A1, Term 1 and 2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 3:

- talking about yourself, daily routine and hobbies

- telling the time

-talking about theatre

-talking about your house/flat

-numbers above 100

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- verbs: спать, петь, пить, играть, нравиться, мочь (to sleep, to sing, to drink, to play, to like, to be able)

- plural of nouns: сумка- сумки, телефон- телефоны (bag-bags, phone-phones)

- dative: я хочу позвонить Ивану (I want to call to Ivan)

- instrumental: чай с лимоном (tea with lemon)

 

The course book indicated is for information only and should only be bought after week 1 of the course that you attend: Ruslan Russian 1 textbook and workbook by Jon Langran, Latest edition: www.ruslan.co.uk

 

Term 1: Autumn Term: approx. Chapter 1 – 3; Term 2: Winter Term: approx. Chapter 4 – 7; Term 3: Spring Term: approx. Chapter 8 – 10

 

Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of material.

Spanish Beginners

* CEFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/sites/default/files/cefr-en.pdf

 

Level

CEFR*

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Beginners

A1

To enrol for Term 1 no prior knowledge is required.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1:

- Greetings

- Numbers

- Nationalities

- Personal information

- The family

- Physical descriptions

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- Present tense of regular verbs: hablo, como, vivo

- Formal and informal speech: ¿Eres español? ¿Es usted español?

To enrol for Term 2 you should have a very basic knowledge of Spanish.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Beginners A1, Term 1.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2:

- Objects

- More numbers

- Demonstratives: this and that

- Getting around town and description of places

- The house and objects in the house

- Likes and dislikes

- Directions

- The time

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- Present tense of irregular verbs: ser/ estar/ tener

- Prepositions of place: on, in, next to, behind

To enrol for Term 3 you should have a very basic knowledge of Spanish.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Beginners A1, Term 1 and 2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 3:

- Daily routines

- Frequency words and expressions: una vez/dos veces al día. Cada tres días

- Occupations

- Expressing knowledge: Sé hablar español. Conozco Barcelona

- Opinions: expressing agreement or disagreement.

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- Reflexive verbs: me levanto, me ducho.

- Past tense of regular verbs: ayer hablé con mi hermano

- More irregular verbs: to go, to know

 

The course book indicated is for information only and should only be bought after week 1 of the course that you attend: Curso de Español para extranjeros – ELE Actual A1.Libro del Alumno. Author: Virgilio Borobio. ISBN: 978-84-675-5181-5

 

Term 1: Autumn Term: approx. Chapters 1-5; Term 2: Winter Term: approx. Chapters 6-10; Term 3: Spring Term: approx. Chapters 11-14

 

Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

Spanish Pre-Intermediate

* CEFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/sites/default/files/cefr-en.pdf

 

Level

CEFR*

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Pre-Intermediate

A2

To enrol for Term 1 you should have completed a beginners’ course, or studied Spanish up to GCSE level or equivalent. You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in the Beginners course A1, Term 1-3.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1:

- Plans & intentions

- Parts of the body

- Illnesses & remedies

- Food

- Recent events using past tense: ¿Qué has hecho hoy?

- Experiences: ¿Has viajado a Chile?

- Opinions

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- Ir a + infinitive

- Countable & uncountable nouns: Más pan, un poco de pan, un poco más de pan

- Present indicative & irregulars: puedo, salgo, duermo

- Perfect tense: he comido

- Past participle (regular & irregular forms) bailado, comido, bebido, hecho

To enrol for Term 2 you should have completed a beginners’ course, or studied Spanish up to GCSE level or equivalent. You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Pre-Intermediate A2, Term 1.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2:

- Clothes & accessories

- Comparisons

- Shopping

- On-going activities

- Past holidays (1)

- Biographies

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- Direct object pronouns: lo, la, los, las.

- Gerund: Estoy bailando

- Verbs “ser” & “estar”

- Preterit tense (regular & irregular forms) bailé, hable, fui, estuve

- Imperative (affirmative forms): Come, habla, baila

To enrol for Term 3 you should have completed a beginners’ course, or studied Spanish up to GCSE level or equivalent. You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Pre-Intermediate A2, Term 1 and 2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 3:

  • - Invitations
  • - Means of transport
  • - Buying a ticket
  • - Holidays (2)
  • - Free-time activities
  • - Past habits

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- Imperative (with object pronouns): Ábrela, cógelo

- Acabar de + infinitive

- Preterit tense in biographies: Simón Bolivar nació en…estudió en..

- Imperfect tense: hablaba, comía, vivía

 

 

The course book indicated is for information only and should only be bought after week 1 of the course that you attend: Curso de Español para extranjeros – ELE Actual A2.Libro del Alumno. Author: Virgilio Borobio. ISBN: 978-84-675-4747-4

 

Term 1: Autumn Term: approx. Chapters 1-5; Term 2: Winter Term: approx. Chapters 6-10; Term 3: Spring Term: approx. Chapters 11-15

 

Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of materials

Spanish Intermediate

* CEFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/sites/default/files/cefr-en.pdf

 

Level

CEFR*

Term 1: Autumn Term

Term 2: Winter Term

Term 3: Spring Term

Intermediate

B1

To enrol for Term 1 you should have a good basic knowledge of the language, or studied Spanish up to A-Level some years ago or equivalent.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Pre-Intermediate A2, Term 1-3.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 1:

- Studying Spanish

- Varieties of Spanish

- Spain and Latin America

- Personal relationships

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- Comparison of past tenses: hablé, he hablado, hablaba

- Simple Future: hablaré, hablarás

- Interrogatives qué, cuál, cuáles

- Pluperfect: había hablado

- Quantifiers: algo, nada, alguien, nadie

To enrol for Term 2 you should have a good basic knowledge of the language, or studied Spanish up to A-Level some years ago or equivalent.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Intermediate B1, Term 1.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 2:

- Plans

- Social events

- Personal relationships: feelings

- Health

- Sports and hobbies

- Internet

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- Subjunctive present tense: Espero que hable español.

- Future simple: La semana que viene estaré en Roma

- Affirmative and negative imperative: habla español, no hables francés

- Conditional: hablaría

To enrol for Term 3 you should have a good basic knowledge of the language, or studied Spanish up to A-Level some years ago or equivalent.

You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in Intermediate course B1, Term 1 and 2.

 

Topics to be covered in Term 3:

- Urban life

- Events and stories

- The future

- Interculturality

 

Main grammar to be covered:

- Impersonal expressions: la gente habla. Se habla

- Hypothesis with indicative and subjunctive: Es posible que, No es seguro que, quizás, posiblemente, creo que

- Imperfect+ gerundio: estaba hablando

 

The course book indicated is for information only and should only be bought after week 1 of the course that you attend: Curso de Español para extranjeros – ELE Actual B1.Libro del Alumno. Authors: Virgilio Borobio. Ramón Palencia. ISBN 978-8467548976

 

Term 1: Autumn Term: approx. Chapters 1-4; Term 2: Winter Term: approx. Chapters 5-8; Term 3: Spring Term: approx. Chapters 9-12

 

Please note that the syllabus might vary according to class progress and availability of materials.


Spanish Advanced

Level B2 – CEFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/sites/default/files/cefr-en.pdf

To enrol for Term 1, 2 or 3 you should have a good command of the language and its main grammatical structures or have recently achieved a good grade at A-Level.

Aims and Objectives

The aim of the course is to enable students who already have a good knowledge of Spanish to acquire an advanced level. Students will be able to communicate in all situations within Spanish speaking countries, converse with native speakers and follow debates on a wide range of issues as well as express themselves with more complex and linguistically accurate structures.

Functions

- Expressing a wide range of opinions and reactions

- Debating, commenting, explaining, describing

- Improving reading skills using authentic material

- Improving listening skills using authentic material

- Gaining a better understanding of the Spanish and Latino American culture

The topics may include:

- The world of work

- Current social and political issues in Spanish speaking countries

- The environment

- Health issues

- Art and literature

- The media

-Advertising

- Complaints & apologies

Course book: Your tutor will inform you which book he/she will recommend. 

Grammar: selection of the following

- Present subjunctive: Ojalá hable español

- Perfect & Imperfect subjunctive: Mi profesor duda que yo haya leído el libro. Pablo dudó que yo hubiera/hubiese ido a Perú.

- Past tenses (preterit, perfect, imperfect, pluperfect): Estudié español en Madrid. He estudiado español mucho este año. Cuando era pequeño estudiaba francés. Ella había comido antes de ir al cine.

- Reported speech: Ana dijo que quería un refresco.

- Passive voice & “se pasiva”: Se vende casa con 3 dormitorios y 2 baños.

- Pluperfect subjunctive: Hubiera sido interesante ver el partido en directo.

- Relative clauses: ¿Has visto a esa chica que está bailando en el medio de la calle? Pedro, cuya hermana es muy guapa, es mi amigo.

Material: Authentic material from various sources such as Spanish newspapers or magazines, books, Spanish-Latin television programs, film extracts, short films, music, the Internet.