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Upper Intermediate Level

Aims of this module:

We are committed to the delivery of high-quality programmes and the achievement of their outcomes, delivered by experienced, qualified, professional teachers, using a variety of materials, interactions and teaching methodologies.
The course lasts for two months (128 class contact hours) and is aimed at students who are currently at the Common European Framework B2 level (Upper-Intermediate) and who need to improve their study skills before embarking on a longer course of study in English. It is particularly suitable for business students or for those who may be interested in studying business.

LEARNING OUTCOMES / ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

The learner can

understand a lecture, demonstration or presentation and take notes for specific spoken and written discourse    purposes 
understand factual written texts on most subjects and make notes for specific written or spoken discourse  purposes
accurately interpret and describe simple data
understand methods of referring to or using source material and paraphrase, summarise and cite sources to  avoid plagiarism and use as evidence in an argumentative essay or presentation
plan and deliver a fairly short argumentative presentation using IT software demonstrating some awareness of  critical analysis
write a simple argumentative essay on a familiar generic  topic related to field/interest  demonstrating some  awareness of critical analysis

 

Class contact:

Classes will be held on Mon, Tues & Fri. There will be 16 class contact hours in total - six hours on Mondays and Tuesdays and four hours on Fridays, excluding a 15-minute break during your lesson and one hour for lunch. The course is highly intensive and lasts for two months.

You are also expected to carry out self-study outside the classroom. This involves:

♦  Preparing for the class (e.g. homework, reading, listening to the radio / podcasts etc)

♦  Following up on work done in class (e.g. homework, revision, improving notes, learning vocabulary)

♦  Completing assessments

♦  Computer lab-based learning (e.g. improving essays, research, language learning websites)

♦  Researching areas of weakness (online and in the library)

 Going to public lectures at Gresham College

Homework will be set from the syllabus, and will come from either the New Headway Academic Skills course book or other materials the teacher may give you. Homework is given to help you, to judge your progress and prepare you for the end of term assessments, so should be done.

Attendance requirements:

You must attend at least 85% of classes. Failure to do so will affect both your visa and studies.
If you are more than five minutes late, you will not be allowed into the class until after the break.
Further details and procedures regarding what action the college will take in the case of persistent lateness and / or absence can be found in the GLC Student Handbook p.3

Key text:

Philpot, S. (2010). New Headway Academic Skills: Reading, Writing, and Study Skills. Level 3 Student’s Book. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
You are expected to buy this book from GLC. Please bring it to class every day. Your teacher may not use it every day, but will cover the areas included on the syllabus, either from New Headway or another business or EAP source. (e.g. Grammar for Business, Academic Vocabulary in Use or Introduction to Academic Writing). In addition, your teacher will prepare self-made materials, sometimes from real sources (i.e. internet, newspapers, leaflets etc).

Assessments:

There will be regular homework and formative assessments, based on what you have studied in class. Both of these will be used to judge your progress (in addition to your class participation and homework), and will be referred to in the tutorials (once a month).
The written tasks should be typed, with spaces between each line for the teacher to indicate where your errors are, what kind of errors they are, and write comments. In the ICT classes (usually once a week), you can then bring your USB to save work and make corrections to your second draft based on your teacher’s suggestions.
In order to demonstrate you have reached the required level, there will be an argumentative essay (with citations and references) and a short presentation after two months. Clearly, if you satisfy college attendance requirements, do all your homework and tests, participate well in class and listen to your teacher’s suggestions / advice, your chances of passing the exam will increase.

 

Essay

Presentation

Week 4

First draft assignment (Tues)

 

Week 5

Submit 1st draft (Fri)

Assignment (Wed)

Week 6

Teacher returns essay. (Fri) Computer lab – work on 2nd draft

 

Week 7

Submit 2nd draft (Wed)

Tutorial (Fri)

Week 8

Teacher returns marked essay to student in final tutorial (Fri)

5 min presentation, in class (Wed). Submit slides H/O before presentation

 

EAP Intermediate Syllabus:

Week

Mon

Tues

Fri

1

Intros / handbooks / class rules / organising your time

Dictionary work; recording vocabulary

Developing a paragraph; Topic sentences

Compare & contrast
H/WK: Essay

Searching the internet

Talking about meaning; making your meaning clear

Linking ideas 1

Giving personal perspectives

H/WK: Research / collect info about your own country

H/WK: Write a description of your country

Simple spoken grammar

Notes: 1. Check ss are using S Drive in computer lab & also doing research. 2. PFR pp. 2 – 8

2

Introductions & conclusions

Avoiding plagiarism 1; Rephrasing

Fact or opinion?

Linking ideas 2

Emphasising & softening

H/WK: Collocations

The Passive

H/WK Research for seminar (Globalisation)

H/WK: WAE pp. 127 - 129

Notes: 1. PFR: pp. 9 – 16. 2. Mark ss’ description of their country. 3. Introduce essay error log 4. Check notebooks (weekly) – make sure ss are recording new vocab properly 5. Remind ss to study collocations

3

Managing conversations

Seminar preparation

Seminars + feedback

Education vocabulary

Paraphrasing & summarising

Note-taking

Notes: 1. Take students to public lecture at Gresham College – Ss make notes 2. PFR: pp. 17 – 24. 3. Check ss are doing research for seminar.  4. Mark discursive essays

4

Essay organisation 1

Essay organisation 2

Tutorials

Present perfect / past simple

Research

H/WK: Essay 1st draft

Notes: 1. PFR pp. 25 – 31. 2. Make sure ss are doing research 3. Introduce podcasts / BBC websites

5

Argumentative essays

Guided research + writing 1st draft (computer lab)

Cause & effect

Imperative & present simple

Referencing

H/WK: Presentation

Submit 1st draft

Notes: 1. PFR pp. 40 - 46 2. Make sure ss are doing research & doing exercises to work on areas of weakness identified in tutorial

6

Introductions & conclusions revision

Language for presentations

1st draft returned: mini-tutorials / feedback

Body paragraphs

Avoiding misunderstandings

Computer lab – work on essay (2nd draft)

Modal verbs

 

Notes: 1. Mark 1st draft by Friday 2. PFR pp. 51 – 58 3. Make sure ss are continuing to do exercises to work on areas of weakness identified in tutorial

7

Computer lab:
1. Work on essay (2nd draft) + presentation  2. UEFAP website 3. Podcasts

Practice presentations in class

Presentation tutorial - slides, content, accuracy etc

Grammar & vocab test

Submit 2nd draft

Notes: 1. Encourage ss to keep listening to podcasts & keep practising areas of weakness 2. Mark 2nd drafts

8

Compare & contrast

Presentations

Final tutorial + report

HWK = Homework
PFR refers to the Practical Faster Reading book. You will complete two passages per week, either in class or for homework
The “Notes” sections are for teachers, but also remind YOU what needs to be done.

This course is intensive. If you want to learn English, develop your skills and improve your future, you have to work HARD!