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Pre-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 and professional teachers, using a variety of materials, interactions and teaching methodologies. The student should progress from Common European Framework A2 (Pre-Intermediate) to B1 (Intermediate) over a three month period, or 180 class contact hours.

The learner can
♦ understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to immediately relevant areas

♦ communicate in simple and routine tasks, requiring a simple exchange of information on familiar            and routine matters

♦ describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters of                personal interest
♦ use basic sentence patterns with memorised phrases
♦ use simple structures correctly, but makes systematic basic errors
♦ make themselves understood in short turns, despite long breaks or pauses
♦ respond to questions but is rarely able to keep conversation going by themselves
♦ link ideas together in a simple way


Class contact:

There will be a three hour class every day (Mon – Fri), at the same time (9 – 12.15, 12.00 – 3.15 or 3.00 – 6.15), with a fifteen-minute break. (i.e 15 class contact hours every week). Depending on how long you have paid for (minimum of one month, maximum of one year), you will take an internet exam after three months to assess your progress. If successful, you will move up to the next level (Upper-Intermediate).
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 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, language learning websites, using the CD-ROM)

Homework will be set from the syllabus, and will come from either the face2face course book or workbook, or other materials the teacher may give you. Homework is given to help you and to judge your progress, 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:

Redston, C. and Cunningham, G. (2011). face2face. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
You are expected to buy this book from GLC. Please bring it to class every day, as the syllabus is built around this book. Your teacher may occasionally supplement the course book with his / her own material.


There will be a review every Friday, based on what you have studied in class, and regular writing tasks. 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 (every month).
The written task 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 (at least once a week), you can then bring your USB and make corrections to your second draft based on your teacher’s suggestions.
In order to progress from one level to the next, there will be an internet exam and speaking exam after three 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.

General English Pre-Intermediate Syllabus:

  Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
Week 1 – WORK, REST & PLAY Life stories    p. 4 Super commuters   p. 6 Time to relax p. 8 Speed dating p. 10 Review p.11
Week 2 - BEGINNINGS Starting small
p. 12   
First meetings
p. 14
The 1001 nights p. 16 Small talk       p. 18 Review p. 19

Getting qualified

p. 20       

Job-hunting  p. 22 Strange jobs   p. 24 I’m really sorry! p. 26 Review p. 27
Week 4 – THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT The silver screen p. 28 The rhythm of life p. 30 TV or not TV? p. 32 What do you think? p. 34 Review p. 35

Man or machine?    p. 36

Never too old p. 38 Out of this world p. 38 It’s for charity p. 42 Review p. 43
Week 6 – FAMILY & FRIENDS Life with teenagers     p. 44 Roles people play p. 46 Family business p. 48 Call me back p. 50 Review p. 51
Week 7 – YOU NEED A HOLIDAY 50 places to go p. 52 What are you taking? p. 54 Wish you were here    p. 56 I’ve got a problem p. 58 Review p. 59
Week 8 – DIFFERENT CULTURES Home sweet home p. 60 Meet the parents p. 62 Cultural differences     p. 64 What’s Edinburgh like? p. 66 Review p. 67
Week 9 – LIFE ISN’T PERFECT Problems, problems      p. 68 Sleepless nights p. 70 In the neighbourhood p. 72 Invitations   p. 74 Review p. 75
Week 10 – SHOP TILL YOU DROP Going, going, gone p. 76 Changing trends p. 78 Fashion victims p. 80 Can I help you? p. 82 Review p. 83
Week 11 – GOSSIP & NEWS Guess what? p. 84 Murder mystery p. 86 Here is today’s news p. 88 Did you?       p. 90 Review p. 91
Week 12 – ACHIEVING YOUR GOALS A year off     p. 92 Taking chances p. 94 Men of magic p. 96 Review + end of course review p. 98

Each week you will also do the reading and writing portfolio from the workbook and go to the computer lab to use the CD-ROM in your coursebook.