Level B1 - Core Inventory

Communicative Objectives: Here you will find a detailed list of what you will be able to do by the end of your B1 – Level Course

 

Spoken Interaction

• I can start, maintain, and close simple face-to-face conversations on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
• I can give or seek personal opinions in an informal discussion with friends, agreeing and disagreeing politely.
• I can have simple telephone conversations with people I know.
• I can ask for and follow detailed directions.

 

Spoken Production

• I can give descriptions on a variety of familiar subjects related to my interests.
• I can talk in detail about my experiences, feelings or reactions.
• I can briefly explain and justify my opinions.
• I can give a short prepared presentation on a very familiar area (e.g. “My country”) and answer clear questions.

 

Listening

• I can understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar, everyday subjects, provided there is an opportunity to get repetition or clarification sometimes.
• I can understand the main points of discussion on familiar topics in everyday situations when people speak clearly, but I sometimes need help in understanding details.
• I can follow clearly spoken, straightforward short talks on familiar topics.
• I can understand simple technical information, such as operating instructions for familiar types of equipment.

 

Reading

• I can understand the main points in straightforward factual texts on subjects of personal or professional interest well enough to talk about them afterward.
• I can find and understand the information I need in brochures, leaflets, and other short texts relating to my interests.
• I can understand the main points in short newspaper and magazine articles about current and familiar topics.
• I can understand private letters about events, feelings, and wishes well enough to write back.

 

Writing

• I can write short, comprehensible connected texts on familiar subjects.
• I can write simple texts about experiences or events, for example about a trip, describing my feelings and reactions.
• I can write e-mails, faxes or text messages to friends or colleagues, relating news and giving or asking for simple information.
• I can write a short formal letter asking for or giving simple information.

 

Strategies

• I can ask someone to clarify or elaborate on what they have just said.
• I can repeat back part of what someone has said to confirm that we understand each other.
• When I can’t think of a word, I can use a word with a similar meaning and invite “correction” from the person I am talking to.
• I can ask for confirmation that a form is correct and correct some basic mistakes if I have time to do so.

Grammar and Vocabulary Objectives: To learn how to use English in these situations, you will need to know most of these language areas.

 

Grammar

 
• Adverbs• Past continuous
• Broader range of intensifiers such as too, enough• Past perfect
• Comparatives and superlatives• Past simple
• Complex question tags• Past tense responses
• Conditionals, 2nd and 3rd• Phrasal verbs, extended
• Connecting words expressing cause and effect, contrast etc.• Present perfect continuous
• Future continuous• Present perfect/ past simple
• Modals – must/can’t deduction• Reported speech (range of tenses)
• Modals – might, may, will, probably• Simple passive
• Modals – should have/ might have/ etc.• Wh-questions in the past
• Modals – must/ have to• Will and going to, for prediction

Language Work: This is the type of language work you’ll be studying with your teacher. These phrases will be useful in the classroom and beyond.

• Last year we went to Thailand for our holidays. We visited many interesting places.
I went scuba-diving while my boyfriend went on an elephant ride.
We also tried lots of different kinds of food. We had a great time.
• By the way, there’s something else I wanted to tell you.• I would have told Jim, if I had seen him.
• He felt a little nervous about the exam.• What were we talking about?• My girlfriend would have killed me if I’d forgotten her birthday.
• I’m fed up with this British food.• To get back to what I was saying…• He turned the jobs down.
• I think England will win the World Cup.• So, as I was saying…• Rome wasn’t built in a day.
• Exactly!• Okay…• She said she liked brown bread.
• Yes, I agree.• On the other hand, we could stay at home and watch television.• He asked if she wanted to go home.
• Well, actually…• Who did you see at the party?• I might be half an hour late.
• Well not really.• How long have you been studying English?• Petra will probably be late too. She’s usually late.
• I’m sorry but I think you’re wrong.• Why did you get the tattoo?• We may go to Egypt this year.
• I see what you mean but…• What happened then?• Mohamed can’t be at home yet, I saw him leave just a few minutes ago.
• Excuse me – can I talk to you for a minute?• He hasn’t come back yet, has he?• I don’t believe it. It can’t be true.
• Excuse me, please. Have you got a minute?• They had so much fun that they forgot to check what the time was.• That must be Brigitte’s father. She told me he was coming.
• Guess what!• It happened while I was watching television yesterday.• I really must lose some weight before the holiday.
• You will never believe what I saw yesterday.• When I got home, Joan had already cooked supper.• I can’t come tonight because I have to meet my cousin.
• Must go – see you later.• They had already paid by the time I asked for the bill.• We had a great time in Crete. You should have come with us.
• See you later. Take care.• Spurs will probably win the league this season.• The letter should have come yesterday.
• Is that clear?• Look at those clouds. It’s going to rain.• Don’t go in the water. It’s freezing.
• Do you follow me?• He will pass his driving test eventually.• We couldn’t get to work because of the heavy snow.
• I’m not sure I understand. Are you saying that…?• He’ll be arriving on the last train from Manchester.• There was a strong smell of coffee in the room.
• Do you mean…?• I’ve started but I haven’t finished it yet.• The instructions were not very clear.
• Sorry, to interrupt you but…• He still hasn’t arrived.• My mother has been working too hard recently.
• I have a question.• It’s been raining non-stop for two days now.• You need to check in at least two hours before departure.
• Could I interrupt here?• He’s been working on the report all morning.• The gate number will be announced on the monitor in the departure lounge.
• Do you mind if I say something?• If I won the lottery I’d buy a big house in the countryside. 
• Anyway…