Level B2 - Core Inventory
Communicative Objectives: Here you will find a detailed list of what you will be able to do by the end of your A1 – Level Course
|• I can take an active part in conversations, expressing clearly my points of view, ideas, or feelings naturally with effective turn-taking.|
|• I can evaluate advantages and disadvantages, and participate in reaching a decision in formal or informal discussion.|
|• I can sustain my opinions in discussion by providing relevant explanations, arguments, and comments.|
|• I can use the telephone to find out detailed information, provided the other person speaks clearly, and ask to follow up questions to check that I have understood a point fully.|
|• I can give clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects related|
to my fields of interest.
|• I can develop a clear argument, linking my ideas logically and expanding|
and supporting my points with appropriate examples.
|• I can present a topical issue in a critical manner and weigh up the advantages|
and disadvantages of various options.
|• I can summarize information and arguments from a number of sources,|
such as articles or reports, discussions, interviews, presentations, etc.
|• I can summarise orally the plot and sequence of events in a film or play.|
|• I can understand the main ideas of complex speech on concrete and abstract topics delivered in a standard dialect, including technical discussions in my field of specialization.|
|• I can understand in detail what is said to me in standard spoken language.|
|• I can with some effort catch much of what is said around me but may find it difficult to understand a discussion between several speakers who do not modify their language in any way.|
|• I can follow TV drama and the majority of films in standard dialect.|
|• I can understand TV news, current affairs, documentaries, interviews,|
talk shows, etc.
|• I can read with a large degree of independence, using dictionaries|
and other reference sources selectively when necessary.
|• I can understand articles, reports, and reviews in which the writers |
express specific points of view (e.g. political commentary, critiques
of exhibitions, plays, films, etc.)
|• I can rapidly grasp the content and the significance of news, articles |
and reports on topics connected with my interests or my job, and decide
if a closer reading is worthwhile.
|• I can understand the main points in formal and informal letters relating to my |
personal and professional interests, with occasional use of a dictionary.
|• I can write at length about topical issues, even though complex concepts|
may be oversimplified, and can correct many of my mistakes in the process.
|• I can write clear, detailed descriptions on a variety of subjects related to|
my field of interest.
|• I can express news, views, and feelings in correspondence, and respond to those of the other person.|
|• I can write standard formal letters requesting or communicating relevant information, following a template.|
|• I can use standard phrases like “That’s a difficult question to answer” to gain time and keep the turn while formulating what to say.|
|• I can help a discussion along on familiar ground confirming comprehension, inviting others in, etc.|
|• I can generally correct slips and errors if I become aware of them or if they have led to misunderstandings.|
|• I can make a note of “favorite mistakes” and consciously monitor speech for them.|
Grammar and Vocabulary Objectives: To learn how to use English in these situations, you will need to know most of these language areas.
|• Adjectives and adverbs||• Past perfect||• Collocation|
|• Future continuous||• Past perfect continuous||• Colloquial language|
|• Future perfect||• Phrasal verbs, extended|
|• Future perfect continuous||• Relative clauses|
|• Mixed conditionals||• Reported speech|
|• Modals – can’t have, needn’t have||• Will and going to, for prediction|
|• Modals of deduction and speculation||• Wish|
|• Narrative tenses||• Would expressing habits, in the past|
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.
|• She screamed in anger at how stupid her brother|
|• Let’s get back to the issue under discussion,|
|• This time next year, I’ll be working in Japan|
and earning good money.
|• I am having a meeting with my boss on Friday.||• I’d like to say a few words here.||• She won’t have left by then.|
|• How long are you going to Jamaica for?|
I’d love to see the photos when you get back.
|• Yes, I think I can contribute to this point.||• If I had studied harder, I’d be at university now.|
|• To sum up, the government will need to cut spending for the next five years.||• Carry on.||• If I’d got that job I applied for I’d be working|
|• All in all, it was a miserable performance.||• Go on.||• I wish today wasn’t Monday.|
|• I wonder if John will be going to the party.||• What makes you say that?||• Let’s splash out on a bottle of champagne.|
|• What if Teresa hadn’t turned up?||• I’m all ears.||• I’ll take you up on that offer.|
|• If I were you, I’d just say no.||• What do you reckon/ think?||• I’m being eaten alive by these mosquitoes.|
|• From her point of view, we have to do this as soon as possible.||• Let’s hear what Gabriella has to say.||• I thought that I was being followed.|
|• That’s just what I was thinking.||• Wow, that’s fantastic.||• She thought she could do it all herself.|
|• That’s a good point.||• Really? Tell me more.||• They reported that the volcano might erupt|
|• That’s ridiculous.||• Subsequently, he went on to be one of our|
|• I told her I had to go.|
|• Fantastic idea!||• I know it would be good fun to watch the late-night|
film. Nevertheless, I think we should all get an early
night before the big event tomorrow.
|• I’ve lost the books that I borrowed from the library.|
|• Whatever.||• In spite of her illness during the course,|
she managed to qualify successfully.
|• Shelly and Byron’s poetry, which used to be compulsory, has now been dropped from|
|• How’s that possible?||• Despite the rain we all had a great time.||• You should have asked her earlier. It’s too late now.|
|• Really?||• Although I was very young at the time,|
I remember what happened quite clearly.
|• I knew we might have to pay to get in.|
|• No way! I don’t believe it.||• Consequently, we have to be prepared for a fall in|
profits next year.
|• What can he have done with the keys? He can’t have lost them again.|
|• In spite of its popularity I feel that “The Beach” is a |
overrated book which appeals mainly to gap-
|• Additionally, we will also provide support throughout|
|• He went straight to work.|
|• It was really good when…||• In conclusion, we have agreed to give £3,000|
to the charity.
|• Next draw a straight line across the top of the paper.|
|• As far as I am concerned this has nothing to do with the issue.||• He had had a terrible day up until that point.||• The weather forecast is good. Nevertheless, you|
always need to be careful in the mountains.
|• One reason why…||• I was tired. I’d been working for sixteen hours.||• The resort has a range of luxury accommodation|
|• Another argument for/ against…is…||• Had they been waiting long?||• There’s no hurry. Let’s just chill out for an hour|
|• It could be argued/ asserted that…||• You will succeed where I have failed.|
|• Pilar, would you like to kick off?|
|• Shall we begin?|
|• We don’t have time to go into that matter right now.|