In this course the emphasis will be on listening and speaking, and the latter skill in particular will be assessed in the compulsory class presentations and the final test. The in-class speaking activities will mostly be conducted in pairs and small groups, so when selecting partners please consider their speaking skills relative to your own.
The textbook selected is at pre-intermediate level (the book series previously had an Intermediate level book, but it has been discontinued and is no longer available), but nonetheless as its title suggest the materials are designed to help you ACTIVATE the English patterns and vocabulary you have learned but can’t make use of orally (that is, in speaking and listening). Basic communication patterns on a wide variety of topics are included. A lot of class activity will also elaborate textbook materials, building them into extended small group discussions.
This course aims to increase your confidence in oral communication in English.
1 / April 10 Introduction to the course and the class; Unit 1
2 / April 17 Units 2 -3
3 / April 24 Units 4 -5
4/ May 15 Review 1, Units 6 -7
5/ May 22 Units 8- 9
6 / May 29 Short presentations
7 / June 5 Unit 10 and Review 2
8/ June 12 Units 11 - 12
9 / June 19 Units 13 and 15
10 / June 26 Review 3, Units 16 -17
11 / July 3 Units 18 - 19
12 / July 10 Short presentations
13 / July 17 Unit 20, Review 4, Grammar Review
14 / July 24 Final Test
Activate Your English (Pre-Intermediate)
Cambridge University Press and Kinseido, 2009
English 2 or equivalent
In addition to three pieces of written homework, there will be two short (probably 3-to-5 minutes, depending on the class size) presentations to the class required - one in each of the first and second halves of the semester. The possible topics for those presentations will be introduced early in the semester. The final test will be in the form of a 1-to-1 interview with the instructor, who will ask you to answer a set of questions and/or speak on a particular topic. (The possible questions and topics will be provided beforehand so that you can prepare well.)
Class participation and attendance 10%
Two presentations to class 30%
Final interview test 30%