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This 8-week course, aimed at non-native speakers of English, 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)

1.   Introductions and starting off:

  • Introduction - basic grammar check
  • Nationalities - pronunciation
  • Syllable stress
  • Basic prepositions to, at, in, on, at
  • Prepositions often confused
  • Irregular past tense verbs check
  • Pronunciation: syllable stress
  • 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
  • Vocabulary, in a supermarket
  • Phrasal verbs concerning food and health
  • Cooking hints and terms - recipes
  • Pronunciation - vowel sounds
  • Kitchen utensils/ your kitchen
  • Home and technology
  • To use, use of everyday things
  • Vocabulary: house & home
  •  Prepositions of place.
  • Pronunciation: regular verb -ed endings
  • Spot the difference: mobile home

3.   Feelings and opinions:

  • Identifying feelings + pictures
  • Pleasant and unpleasant feelings
  • The six senses
  • Words concerned with feelings and opinions- word building - to make
  • Adjectives of feeling in situations
  • Ways of saying yes and no
  • Absolutely
  • Giving opinions, expressing strong feelings
  • Showing mood when speaking - tone of voice
  • 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?
    • Weather words
    • Where/when do you hear this?
    • Polite invitations
    • Prepositional phrases
    • Apologising
    • Active or passive vocabulary?
    • Onomatopoeic words
    • Abbreviations

6. Vocabulary and description:

  • Describe and draw - firemen
  • Adjectives, My brother's Wedding
  • Collocation of adjectives
  • Prepositions in a text
  • 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
  • Written to spoken language
  • Everyday expressions
  • Multi-meaning words
  • Appropriate responses
  • Everyday expressions
  • dependent prepositions
  • Phrases used in weather forecasts
  • 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
  • The many meanings of 'off'
  • 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.

For course enrolment information please visit our enrolment pages.