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Aimed at non-native speakers of English, this 8-week course is intended to give participants the chance to discuss a variety of topics. A list of suggestions of subjects for discussion will be given ahead of time, and some materials provided, in order to stimulate discussion. Participants will also be invited to suggest topics for conversation. Language structures in support of a variety of situations will be covered.

Pronunciation is also a key part of all classes and problems will be addressed as they arise. There can be a listening component added, consisting of short films about the UK, with vocabulary support to lead to discussion.

This intermediate course is suitable for anyone who has passed the Cambridge First Certificate in English (or equivalent). It is a higher-level course than the one offered on our Main Programme running from October to March.

Course Programme (8 weeks - one session per week)

1.   Introductions and starting off:

  • Introduction - basic grammar check
  • Nationalities - pronunciation
  • Basic prepositions to, at, in, on, at
  • Irregular past tense verbs check
  • Vocabulary concerning the weather
  • Social occasions, invitations, accepting refusing
  • Social situations and appropriate language

2.   Food and the home:

  • Pronunciation: Vowel sounds - cooking and the home
  • Phrasal verbs concerning food and health
  • Cooking hints and terms - recipes
  • Pronunciation - vowel sounds
  • Kitchen utensils/ your kitchen
  • To use, use of everyday things
  • Vocabulary: house & home
  •  Prepositions of place.
  • Spot the difference: mobile home

3.   Feelings and opinions:

  • Identifying feelings + pictures
  • Pleasant and unpleasant feelings
  • The six senses
  • Adjectives of feeling in situations
  • Ways of saying yes and no
  • Absolutely
  • Giving opinions, expressing strong feelings
  • Situations -approval, disapproval
  • Agreeing, disagreeing

4.   Health: everyday problems and taking precautions:

  • Visiting the doctor - dialogue - vocabulary
  • Medical vocabulary
  • Aches and pains - list
  • Hospital - prepositions in/at
  • Dialogues in a hospital or doctor's surgery
  • Advice on accidents in the home
  • Getting better - getting worse
  • Allergies
  • Pronunciation - vowel sounds

5.   Vocabulary and situations:

  • Visiting the dentist
  • Everyday situations - what do you say?
  • Make or do?
  • Polite invitations
  • Prepositional phrases
  • Apologising
  • Active or passive vocabulary?
  • Onomatopoeic words

6. Vocabulary and description:

  • Describe and draw - firemen
  • Adjectives, My brother's Wedding
  • Collocation of adjectives
  • Use of colours in description
  • Describing people - appearance
  • Describing clothes
  • The many meanings of ‘give’
  • Superstitions and national customs
  • Customs in your country

7. Appropriate vocabulary:

  • Question tags
  • Spot the difference, paramedic unit
  • Everyday expressions
  • Multi-meaning words
  • Appropriate responses
  • Everyday expressions
  • dependent prepositions
  • Causative have, getting things mended
  • Vowel sounds topic: people
  • The many meanings of 'get'
  • Some idiomatic phrases

8. Ways to continue your studies:

  • Future time check
  • Irregular past tense verbs check
  • Pronunciation check
  • Telling the truth?
  • Problems- What do you say?
  • Offers and promises
  • Active/passive vocabulary lists
  • Leisure and places to visit in London
  • Writing a postcard home
  • Your achievements

Questions regarding the content and teaching of the above course should be addressed to the tutor, Ms Su Peneycad, s.peneycad@imperial.ac.uk.

Please carefully review the programme timetableterm dates and fees & enrolment information before clicking on the booking link.
N.B: Enrolment starts 1 March 2019