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

 

Spoken Interaction

• 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.

 

Spoken Production

• 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.

 

Listening

• 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.

 

Reading

• 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.

 

Writing

• 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.

 

Strategies

• 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.

 

Grammar

 

Vocabulary

• 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 
• Passives  

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
had been.
• Let’s get back to the issue under discussion,
shall we?
• 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
in Istanbul.
• 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
anytime.
• That’s ridiculous.• Subsequently, he went on to be one of our
best salesmen.
• 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
the syllabus.
• 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-
year students.
• Additionally, we will also provide support throughout
the process.
• 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
to offer.
• Another argument for/ against…is…• Had they been waiting long?• There’s no hurry. Let’s just chill out for an hour
or two.
• 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.