Students that finish this level can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). They can also communicate in small and regular tasks requiring an easy and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. They will be able to describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need. They will be able to interact in a straightforward way when the other person talks slowly, clearly and is prepared to help.
The course will help students to develop strategies for coping with the language in real-life situations. Students can ask and answer questions on very familiar topics and in areas of immediate need. They will have knowledge of the basic grammatical structures. They will understand and communicate basic factual information in the language, orally and in writing.
The course will enable students to express themselves comfortably about a variety of moderately difficult topics and without preparation. To be suitable for an intermediate language course, it is expected that they will already have at least a degree of fluency and a vocabulary of over 1000 words. The course will also develop students’ listening and comprehension skills to improve understanding and pronunciation, getting them to begin thinking in the language for the first time.
The students will expand their grammatical competence, including acquiring new ways of using known forms, as well as adding more complex language resources to their linguistic repertoire. They will become more accurate language users. Students will be able to use conversational routines on topics beyond basic survival needs.
The advanced language course will help students to improve their mastery of eight integrated language skills: reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar, vocabulary, cultural competence and pronunciation. The course will increase their grammatical accuracy in conversational and written language. It will correctly adjust their ‘new’ language according to the language cultural practices such as conversational cues, body language, etiquette, etc. Students will be able to discuss and write about a wide range of topics and tasks including personal introductions, writing memoirs and discussing history, following and giving instructions, expressing opinions, language humor and culture.
By the end of this course we anticipate learners to become a ‘full’ survival’ in the native- speaking environment.