Intermediate Level

Intermediate English Curriculum

Low Intermediate

In this level, the student can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can understand texts that consist mainly of high frequency everyday or job-related language. Can  understand the description of events, feelings and wishes in personal correspondence.  Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst traveling in an area where the language is spoken.  Can enter unprepared into conversation on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life (e.g. family, hobbies, work, travel and current events).  Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions. Can briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans. Can narrate a story or relate the plot of a book or film and describe their reactions. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans. Can write simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest and write personal letters/email describing experiences and impressions.  Can write a complete paragraph with a topic sentence. 

Level 5

 

Grammar:      Present perfect

Past perfect

Modals of obligation and necessity (must, have to)

Infinitive vs. –ing

Relative pronouns

Comparative & superlative adjectives

Comparisons

Present simple passive (by + agent)

Use of the ‘zero article’

Some/any + thing/one

Reported speech and questions

Reflexive pronouns


 

Level 6

 

Grammar:      Passive voice

Future perfect

‘Used to’ and ‘would’ to describe past habits and states

Conditionals

Sentence and word stress

Phrasal verbs

Expressing opinions and advice

High Intermediate 

At this level, the student can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can read articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular attitudes or viewpoints. Can understand contemporary literary prose.  Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can take an active part in discussion in familiar contexts, accounting for and sustaining their views. Can present clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects related to their areas of interest. Can explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.  Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.  Can write an essay or report, passing on information or giving reasons in support of or against a particular point of view.   Essays or compositions have a clear introductory paragraph and topic sentence, main argument and an effective conclusion.  Can write letters highlighting the personal significance of events and experiences.

 

Level 7

 

Grammar:      Direct, indirect, and embedded questions

Present perfect progressive, past perfect progressive and future perfect progressive

Relative clauses & pronouns

Collocations of adjectives and prepositions

Usage of commas

 

Level 8

 

Grammar:      Modal verbs

Prefixes and suffixes

Unreal tenses

Inversions

-ing vs. infinitive

Advanced punctuation (semi-colons, colons, and dashes)

Contrasting narrative tenses

 

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