General English Course Outcomes

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Upon completion of their level, students will have acquired the following skills and competencies. 

Beginner Level

Reading

  • Read and understand simple texts in English 
  • Answer simple comprehension questions and match sentences about texts
  • Reconstruct texts by reordering sentences
  • Understand the main idea of a text
  • Identify specific information in a text

Writing

  • Complete forms
  • Write well-structured simple sentences
  • Write simple texts about familiar topics
  • Use simple conjunctions
  • Use punctuation and capitalisation correctly in simple sentences

Listening

  • Listen for specific information e.g. personal information
  • Answer simple questions on informational texts 
  • Match information with speakers
  • Listen for pronunciation and intonation
  • Identify numbers (e.g. years and dates) from listening texts
  • Listen to complete sentences

Speaking

  • Greetings and introductions
  • Make conversations in familiar situations (e.g. café, chatting about family, weekend)
  • Ask and respond to simple questions with modelling
  • Describe things
  • Talk about past and future events

Elementary Level

Reading

  • Skim for main ideas and scan for specific information
  • Find information in documents
  • Understand texts about familiar topics
  • Answer multiple choice and short answer questions about a text
  • Use simple texts as models for writing

Writing

  • Write simple descriptions
  • Write well-structured sentences
  • Devise questions to form a survey and respond to questions in writing
  • Complete application forms
  • Write email messages and online texts

Listening

  • Listen for specific information e.g. numbers, names, countries
  • Answer questions on informational texts
  • Match information to pictures
  • Respond to questions in familiar situations
  • Understand simple telephone conversations
  • Follow directions

Speaking

  • Greetings and introductions
  • Talk about familiar topics and routines
  • Ask and respond to straightforward questions
  • Describe pictures and differences between pictures
  • Make arrangements and plans

Pre-Intermediate Level

Reading

  • Skim for main ideas and scan for specific information
  • Guessing the meaning of words from context
  • Understand texts about a range of familiar and unfamiliar topics
  • Use texts as a basis for discussion
  • Use texts as models for a range of writing tasks

Writing

  • Write well-constructed paragraphs
  • Write narratives
  • Write descriptions of people and places
  • Write letters and invitations
  • Complete application forms

Listening

  • Listen for gist and specific information
  • Use listening tasks as a basis for speaking
  • Match information to specific criteria (e. g. jobs) 
  • Complete tables of information 
  • Identify main points and summarise information in listening texts
  • Infer relationships of speakers

Speaking

  • Tell a story
  • Talk about personal activities and engage in social chit-chat
  • Describe people and places
  • Talk about the future and plans
  • Make choices and explain the reasons for those choices

Intermediate Level

Reading

  • Read for main points and specific information
  • Answer comprehension questions on a text
  • Make inferences from written texts
  • Identify different text types (narrative, news report, informational text etc)
  • Use text types as models for different types of writing

Writing

  • Write emails, descriptions and narratives
  • Write for work purposes
  • Give opinions in writing
  • Write in paragraphs
  • Use several types of linking words in their writing

Listening

  • Listen for main idea and specific information
  • Use listening as a basis for discussion and extension
  • Listen in order to match or to complete sentences
  • Answer questions based on listening texts
  • Listen and reconstruct a story

Speaking

  • Talk about a variety of familiar topics
  • Describe people and places in detail
  • Give advice and make suggestions
  • Give opinions and suggest solutions to problems
  • Make arrangements over the phone

Upper Intermediate

Reading

  • Read for main idea and specific information
  • Guess the meaning of new words form context
  • Read and understand texts in a variety of genres
  • Identify register and tone from reading texts
  • Use reading texts to inform their writing

Writing

  • Write biographies and narratives
  • Write descriptions of events and achievements
  • Write formal letters and other types of messages
  • Give opinions and supporting reasons in essays and reviews
  • Take notes when listening to information

Listening

  • Listen for main ideas and supporting detail
  • Use listening as a basis for presenting information 
  • Listen in order to make notes
  • Listen in order to summarise verbally 
  • Listen for explanations and reasons

Speaking

  • Talk about a wide variety of topics
  • Present information clearly to others
  • Describe events and achievements
  • Explain opinions and decisions
  • Speak accurately in various contexts

Advanced

Reading

  • Read contemporary articles for meaning and specific information
  • Read articles and reports and interpret writer’s viewpoint
  • Identify genre, register, tone and attitude in a written text
  • Use reading texts to find evidence to support written arguments
  • Write accurately for a variety of purposes and contexts

Writing

  • Write clear, detailed text on a wide variety of subjects
  • Write essays or reports using researched evidence to support their points
  • Write different forms of communication to deliver an accurate message
  • Write to convey information in a clear and structured manner
  • Use a variety of genres to convey opinion and reasons

Listening

  • Understand extended speech on a wide variety of topics
  • Interpret indications of tone and register
  • Interpret opinions expressed in listening texts
  • Use a wide variety of listening tasks as a basis for extended discussion
  • Follow extended lines of argument on familiar topics

Speaking

  • Interact with native speakers with little or no problem
  • Take an active part in discussions on familiar topics 
  • Present information and descriptions on a wide range of topics
  • Explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving reasons for that viewpoint
  • Use stress, rhythm and intonation to convey meaning
  • Explain the reasons for decisions they have made

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