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COURSE STRUCTURE

GENERAL ENGLISH 1

Description and aims:

This module provides students with basic and elementary knowledge of vocabulary and grammar structures and prepares students for Module GE2. The course of General English 1 aims students to

- read and recognize simple sentence structures;

- obtain information from texts;

- write very simple personal letters, using knowledge of basic sound-letter correspondence;

- compose simple texts to communicate ideas or basic information;

- communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters, using everyday polite forms of greeting and address, make and respond to invitations, suggestions, apologies, etc.;

- take part in social conversation;

- give a simple description or presentation of people, living or working conditions, daily routines, likes/dislikes as a short series of simple phrases and sentences;

- articulate the sounds of English to be comprehensible to a sympathetic native speaker;

- ask for information and personal details;

- give personal information directions and instructions;

- understand and extract the essential information from short, recorded passages dealing with predictable everyday matters or/ related to areas of most immediate priority;

- listen and respond to requests for personal information;

- write very simple personal letters, using knowledge of basic sound-letter correspondence;

- compose simple texts to communicate ideas or basic information.

On completion of this module the student should be aware of:

different types of texts (articles, reports, stories etc.);

2. different styles of writing: informal, semi-formal;

3. norms of oral (verbal and non-verbal) and written communication;

4. norms and format of presentations;

5. the KET format.

After studying this module, the student should be able to:

  1. in primarily reading: read short, simple texts, find specific, predictable information in everyday material, understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance;
  2. in writing: write short notes and messages relating to matters of immediate need, use e-mail correspondence, write informal letters and reports;
  3. in listening:understand phrases and the highest frequency vocabulary related to areas of most immediate personal relevance, catch the main point in short, clear messages and announcements;
  4. in spoken interaction: should be ease with a wide familiar range of topics and activities to communicate in simple routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information, handle short social exchanges to keep the conversation, be familiar with a wide range of source materials in the target language, describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need;
  5. in spoken production: understand spoken English at the elementary level, use a series of phrases and sentences to describe in simple terms his/her family and other people, living conditions, educational background, working day and day-off, make a simple report.

Workload

CATEGORY LOAD
Contact Time 102 h.
Independent Hours 102h.
Total 204 h.
ECTS 6 points

Contact time is made up of 3 seminars (1 hour 20 minutes) x 17 weeks

Starting Week 1

Post Requisite Study

GE2

The Module Team

The GE module is delivered by a team of tutors from the Department of Business Foreign Languages and the Department of Intercultural Communication. The team includes:

Svetlana Efa, Senior Teacher This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Olga Suslova, Assistant Teacher This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Anna Voroshilova is the module leader.

Content

№ OF LESSON (&TUTOR) PRINCIPAL THEMES HOURS
Lesson 1 Topic 1 BIOGRAPHY
Unit 1A Nice to meet you Unit 1B I’m not English, I’m Scottish!
2
Lesson 2 Unit 1 C His name, her name Unit 1 D Turn off your mobiles! 2
Lesson 3 Presentation: describing yourself 2
Lesson 4 Progress test: Revise and check 2
Lesson 5 Unit 2A: Cappuccino and chips: Unit 2 B: When Natasha meets Darren 2
Lesson 6 Unit 2 C: An artist and musician Unit 2 D: Relatively famous 2
Lesson 7 Unit 2: Writing an informal e-mail, letter 2
Lesson 8 Progress test: Revise and check 2
Lesson 9 Unit 3 A: Pretty woman Unit 9A: Before we met 2
Lesson 10 Presentation: Describing a friend 2
Lesson 11 Unit 6A: A house with a history Unit 6 C: Neighbours from hell 2
Lesson 12 Writing: Describing your flat/house 2
Lesson 13 Progress test: Revise and check 2
Lesson 14 Unit 7A: What does your food say about you? Unit 7B: How much water do we really need 2
Lesson 15 Unit 3 Practical English in a coffee shop
Unit 7 Practical English: At a restaurant
2
Lesson16 Final presentation: Telling about a famous person 2
Lesson 17 Final test paper in the format of KET on topic 1 2
Lesson 18 Topic 2 MY WORKING DAY AND DAY OFF Unit 3 B: Wake up, get out of bed 2
Lesson 19 Unit 3 C: The island with a secret 2
Lesson 20 Unit 3 D: On the last day in august 2
Lesson 21 Unit 3: Writing: A magazine article 2
Lesson 22 Progress test: Revise and check 2
Lesson 23 Unit 4A: I can’t dance 2
Lesson 24 Unit 4B: Shopping – men love it! 2
Lesson 25 Unit 4C: Fatal attraction? 2
Lesson 26 Unit 4D: Are you still mine? 2
Lesson 27 Progress test: Revise and check 2
Lesson 28 Unit 8A: The True False show 2
Lesson 29 Unit 8C: Would you like to drive a Ferrari? 2
Lesson 30 Unit 8D: They dress well but drive badly 2
Lesson 31 Unit 9B: I’ve read the book, I’ve seen the film 2
Lesson 32 Writing: a composition “My day off” 2
Lesson 33 Progress test: Revise and check 2
Lesson 34 Project: Save the time 2
Lesson 35 Final test paper in the format of KET on topic 2 2
Lesson 36 Topic 3 TRAVELLING
Unit 5A: Who were they? Unit 5B: Sidney, here we come!
2
Lesson 37 Unit 5C: Girls’ night out 2
Lesson 38 Writing: a postcard 2
Lesson 39 Progress test: Revise and check 2
Lesson 40 Unit 6D: When a man is tired of London: Practical English: In the Street 2
Lesson 41 Unit 7C: Changing holidays: Unit 7 D: It’s written in the cards 2
Lesson 42 Unit 8B: The highest city in the world 2
Lesson 43 Writing: a holiday report 2
Lesson 44 Project: Present your city 2
Lesson 45 Progress test: Revise and check 2
Lesson 46 Final test paper in the format of KET on topic 3 2
Lesson 47 Final project presentation 2
Lesson 48 KET practice 2
Lesson 49 KET practice 2
Lesson 50, 51 Exam in the format of KET 4

LESSON SPECIFICATION

LESSON 1

Topic 1 BIOGRAPHY: Nice to meet you, I’m not English, I’m Scottish!

Grammar

All present simple forms of the verb be, verb to be in positive, negative and interrogative sentences, personal pronouns, numbers

Vocabulary

Basic greetings and farewells,days of the week, countries and nationalities

Pronunciation

Vowel sounds, word stress

LESSON 2

Topic His name, her name; Turn off your mobiles!

Grammar

Articles a/ an/ the, regular plurals, this, these, that, those, the classroom, common objects, possessive adjectives

Vocabulary

The alphabet, vocabulary of the classroom environment and personal possessions, personal information

Pronunciation

Vowel sounds, word stress

LESSON 3

Topic Presentation

Objectives describing yourself

Discussion Questions

name, where from, place you live in, family;

age, height, build, eyes, hair, clothes;

what you like/don’t like/ don’t mind;

LESSON 4

Topic Progress test: Revise and check

LESSON 5

Topic Cappuccino and chips, When Natasha meets Darren

Grammar

Present simple in positive and negative sentences, present simple questions and short answers, third person –s, irregular plurals

Vocabulary

A typical family, verb phrases – live in a flat, play tennis

Pronunciation

Consonant sounds

LESSON 6

Topic An artist and musician. Relatively famous

Grammar

A/ an +jobs, jobs, possessive s

Vocabulary

A family

Pronunciation

Consonant sounds

LESSON 7

Topic Writing an informal e-mail, letter

LESSON 8

Topic Progress test: Revise and check

LESSON 9

Topic A Pretty woman, Before we met

Grammar

Adjectives and modifiers, present perfect for past experience, been to

Vocabulary

Describing people, people’s habits and routines

Pronunciation

Vowel sounds, word stress

LESSON 10

Topic Presentation

Objectives Describing a friend

Discussion Questions

name, where from, place he/she lives in, family;

age, height, build, eyes, hair, clothes;

what he/she likes/doesn’t like/ doesn’t mind.

LESSON 11

Topic A house with a history, Neighbours from hell

Grammar

There is, there are, some, any, present continuous, verb + - ing

Vocabulary

Houses and furniture, verb phrases

Pronunciation

Sentence stress

LESSON 12

Topic Writing: description of your house/flat

Objectives writing a short description of your house/flat, give as much details as you can, and try to use words and phrases from the lesson

LESSON 13

Topic Progress test: Revise and check

LESSON 14

Topic What does your food say about you?, How much water do we really need

Grammar

A/ an/ some/ any, countable/ uncountable nouns, how much? how many?, quantifiers: a lot, not much etc.

Vocabulary

Food and drinks

Pronunciation

sentence stress

LESSON 15

Topic Practical English: in a coffee shop, at a restaurant

Vocabulary

Snacks: cappuccino, brownie, etc.; a menu: starter, main course, dessert, etc.

Function

Buying a coffee, ordering a meal

Language

Can I have an espresso please? I’d like the onion soup, etc.

LESSON 16

Topic Final presentation on topic 1

Objectives Telling about a famous person

Discussion Questions

name – what is he/she famous for;

appearance (looks, e.g. tall, well-built, etc., clothes, e.g. casual clothes, etc.);

character (what he/she is like e.g. kind, patient, etc.);

hobbies/interests (activities he enjoys doing/doesn’t enjoy doing);

final comments (say whether you like him/her or not and what you think of him).

LESSON 17

Topic Final test paper in the format of KET on topic 1

LESSON 18

Topic 2 MY WORKING DAY AND DAY OFF: Wake up, get out of bed

Grammar

Present simple

Vocabulary

Daily routine verbs, telling the time

LESSON 19

Topic The island with a secret

Grammar

Adverbs of frequency

Vocabulary

Time words and expressions

Pronunciation

The letter h

LESSON 20

Topic On the last day in august

Grammar

Prepositions of time

Vocabulary

The date

Pronunciation

Word stress

LESSON 21

Topic Writing: A magazine article

LESSON 22

Topic Progress test: Revise and check

LESSON 23

Topic I can’t dance

Grammar

Can/ can’t (ability and other uses)

Vocabulary

Verb phrases

Pronunciation

Sentence stress

LESSON 24

Topic Shopping – men love it!

Grammar

Like, love, hate + (verb + -ing)

Vocabulary

Free time activities

Pronunciation

Sentence stress

LESSON 25

Topic Fatal attraction?

Grammar

Object pronouns

Vocabulary

Love story phrases

LESSON 26

Topic Are you still mine?

Grammar

Possessive pronouns

Vocabulary

Music, rhyming words

LESSON 27

Topic Progress test: Revise and check

LESSON 28

Topic The True False show

Grammar

comparative adjectives, personality adjectives

Vocabulary

A TV quiz show “What your car colour says about your personality”

Pronunciation

Sentence stress

LESSON 29

Topic Would you like to drive a Ferrari?

Grammar

Would like to + infinitive/ like + gerund

Vocabulary

Adventures

Pronunciation

Sentence stress

LESSON 30

Topic They dress well but drive badly

Grammar

Adverbs, common adverbs

Vocabulary

Countries and cities, different styles of life

Pronunciation

Word stress in adjectives and adverbs

LESSON 31

Topic I’ve read the book, I’ve seen the film

Grammar

Present perfect, past simple, past participles, irregular past participles

Vocabulary

Books, types of stories

Pronunciation

Irregular past participles

LESSON 32

Topic Writing: a short composition “My day off”

LESSON 33

Topic Progress test: Revise and check

LESSON 34

Topic Project: Save the time

LESSON 35

Topic Final test paper in the format of KET on topic 2

LESSON 36

Topic 3 TRAVELLING: Who were they? Sidney, here we come!

Grammar

Past simple of be, word formation, past simple regular verbs

Vocabulary

Adjectives describing places, accommodation, weather description, past simple expressions

Pronunciation

Sentence stress, pronunciation of –ed endings

LESSON 37

Topic Girls’ night out

Grammar

Past simple irregular verbs

Vocabulary

Expressions with go, have, get

Pronunciation

Sentence stress

LESSON 38

Topic Writing: a postcard

LESSON 39

Topic Progress test: Revise and check

LESSON 40

Topic When a man is tired of London, Practical English: In the Street

Grammar

Present simple or present continuous

Vocabulary

Places in a city, city names, giving directions

Pronunciation

Sentence stress

LESSON 41

Topic Changing holidays, It’s written in the cards

Grammar

be going to (plans), be going to (predictions)

Vocabulary

holidays camping the sights, verb phrases

Pronunciation

Sentence stress

LESSON 42

Topic The highest city in the world

Grammar

Superlative adjectives, more common adjectives

Vocabulary

City sights, the weather

Pronunciation

Sentence stress

LESSON 43

Topic Writing: a holiday report

Discussion Questions

say about the place(where it is, what it is like, when you arrived there);

accommodation (where you stayed, what the weather was like);

sights you saw/activities;

food you tasted/good and bad experiences.

LESSON 44

Topic Project: Present your city

LESSON 45

Topic Progress test: Revise and check

LESSON 46

Topic Final test paper in the format of KET on topic 3

LESSON 47

Topic Final project presentation

LESSON 48

Topic KET practice

LESSON 49

Topic KET practice

LESSON 50

Topic Exam in the format of KET

Course book

Oxenden, C (2006), New English File Elementary, Oxford, Oxford University Press

Additional Resources

1. Vince, M (2003), Elementary Language practice (English Grammar and Vocabulary), Macmillan

2. Potten, H (2001), Clockwise elementary, Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Journals & news magazines/papers

«Английский язык» (English) газета Издательского дома «Первое сентября»

Mary Glasgow magazines “Club”. Scholastic

Web-based resources

http:// This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it /

http:// This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it /

http://www.oup.com/elt/teacher/englishfile

http://www.oup.com/elt/englishfile/elementary

http://www.link2english.com

ASSESSMENT

Module assessment is by

1) 1 hour 40 written exam and 10 minutes oral exam in the format of KET where students can show the ability in reading, writing and listening (30%);

2) current work on the tests after each unit where a student should show his/her knowledge concerning the material learnt: grammatical and lexical structures, speech patterns

There will be 5 tests (in the form of the review for 1-2 units) which will make 25 % each and

3) 15 minutes individual project presentation using Power Point (20%)

4) Paper writing (essays or informal letters) (25%)

Format & Basics

The assessment is held during the whole module and is based on the rating system. The maximum number of points is 100 (project presentations on each module (30%), 8 progress tests on each unit 40%, 3 papers in the KET format (15%) and a final KET exam (15%: 5% for each section).

According to the number of points the grade will be given:

100% - 80% - A (Excellent)

79% - 65% - B (Good)

64%-51% - C (Satisfactory)

Sample Paper

A sample paper is available via the module folder on the Server DL.

The Exam:

Assessment Criteria

Reading and Writing: 1 hour 10 minutes
Assessment is based on the ability of students

- understand simple written information such as signs, brochures, newspapers and magazines;

- fill gaps in simple sentences and write a short piece of around 25 words.

Listening: 30 minutes
Assessment is based on the ability of students to

- understand announcements and other spoken material when spoken reasonably slowly.

Speaking: up to 10 minutes
Assessment is based on the ability of students to

- demonstrate you can take part in a conversation by answering and asking simple questions. Speaking tests are normally held with two candidates.

Your results

Reading and Writing carries 50% of the total marks for KET, while Listening and Speaking both carry 25% of the marks each.

Timetable details will be issued by your tutors on the Server DL. Some additional surgery hours will apply towards the end of the module, helping to prepare you for your examination.

 

 

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