ESL PROGRAM Intermediate Level 1/ Pre-intermediate
Intermediate Level 1/ Pre-intermediate(Stage 2 CLB -5-6/ IELTS levels 4-5.5 / TOEFL levels 42-71 (total),4-17 (reading), 9-16 (listening), 16-19 (speaking), 13-16 (writing)/ EU level B1)
Twenty-five hours per week course (five hours per day x 5 days per week/ or 4+ hours divided over 6 days per week).
To be able to produce spoken language in simple to moderately complex, non-demanding to moderately demanding contexts; to be able to listen to and interpret simple to moderately complex, non-demanding tomoderately demanding spoken communication; ol be able to read and interpret simple to moderately complex written communication in non-demanding to moderately demanding contexts; to be able to produce written communication in simple to moderately complex, non-demanding to moderately demanding contexts within theCanadian Language Benchmark competencies.
- Speaking, Listening – students develop speaking and listening skills through individual, and group activities aimed at using Intermediate Level 1 grammar in moderately-complex, non-demanding situations. As students progress through the Intermediate I course they are gradually exposed to discussions and speaking activities relating to less familiar subjects. They engage in a range of communicative activities that generally take place in routine social, work, educational situations, and also include concrete and abstract information.
- Grammar 1– focuses on the grammatical structures essential for producing connected speech, moderately-expanded fluency. The emphasis is on English verb tense use and form in more complex sentences;increased syntactical structures for moderately-expanded fluency and expressionism (such as idiomatic expressions); relative pronoun structures used in everyday colloquialisms and moderately-formal situations.
- Writing 1, Vocabulary- students expand their vocabulary and build on Beginner Writing foundations to allow them to produce short, written material about descriptions, narrations, communications about familiar topics. Develop basic paragraph structures with varying degrees of logic, clarity, and cohesion; an adequate range of vocabulary, a number of sentence connectors and cohesive elements.
- Reading- Students read simple to moderately complex texts relating to personal and community messages in social, personal and work situations. They learn to identify and comprehend communicative texts found in public contexts (health sector, school, government). They practice identifying details, meanings, purpose, relationships. They practice and demonstrate textual comprehension by completing a moderately complex exercises and activities.
- Full immersion listening and speaking drills- Students listen to spoken interactions that are short to average in length, relating to familiar and non-familiar subjects. They practice correct pronunciation of English phonemes, expressions, the rhythmic qualities of connected speech, short to moderately long sentences.
At the end of the Intermediate Level 1/Pre-intermediate course, students will be able to produce spoken language in simple to moderately complex, non-demanding to moderately demanding contexts; they will be able to listen to and interpret simple to moderately complex, non-demanding tomoderately demanding spoken communication; students will be able to read and interpret simple to moderately complex written communication in non-demanding to moderately demanding contexts; students will be able to produce written communication in simple to moderately complex, non-demanding to moderately demanding contexts within the following Canadian Language Benchmark competency areas:
Interacting with Others (all skills): communication to maintain or change interpersonal relationships and to foster social cohesion.
Comprehending Instructions (Reading and Listening): communication to understand instructions and directions.
Giving Instructions (Speaking): communication to convey instructions and directions. Getting Things Done (all skills): communication to get things done, to obtain services, to inform decisions, to persuade or to learn what others want done.
Comprehending Information (Reading and Listening): communication to learn and understand information and ideas.
Sharing Information (Speaking and Writing): communication to inform others, to share or present information and ideas.