A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
How does it work? Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Lesson 01 - Health
You will use the present perfect to talk about events starting in the past and continuing up to the present. You will practice using for and since to describe symptoms of illness. Skills in this lesson include identifying parts of the body, communicating symptoms to a doctor, and talking about health habits. You will also work on interpreting nutrition and fitness information.
Lesson 02 - Getting Hired
You will learn which verbs are followed by an infinitive and which take a gerund. You’ll also practice working with gerunds and nouns that follow prepositions and working with would rather to express preferences. You will look at job advertisements and learn to pick out the skills required for each. You’ll also fill out a job application and learn about how to prepare for a job interview.
Lesson 03 - On the Job
You will learn the difference between possessive adjectives and possessive pronouns and where to use each one. You will practice using could and might to express future possibilities. You will also learn how to compare employee behavior and attitudes. Other skills include learning to interpret a pay stub and benefit information and learning to identify safe workplace behavior. Near the end of the lesson, you will learn how to make polite requests and how to respond to criticism and compliments.
Lesson 04 - Citizens and Community
In this lesson, you will practice comparing and contrasting ideas using the words both, and, neither, not, but, and however. You’ll also practice using should to make a strong suggestion. Finally, you’ll learn to use the past tense and the modal would in contrary-to-fact statements, such as If I had more money, I would buy a car. Skills include identifying U.S. geographical locations, understanding the U.S. system of government, expressing opinions, and writing a speech.
Lesson 05 - Balancing Your Life
You will practice the used to form in statements and questions about past habits or states that have changed. You’ll also work with adjective clauses starting with where, who, and which. You’ll create your own goal chart, identify obstacles in your life, and think of solutions. You’ll also write about an important person and work on time-management skills.
Lesson 06 - Review of Lessons 1–5
This lesson reviews the material covered in Lessons 1–5. It covers these topics: health, getting hired, on the job, citizens and community, and balancing your life. The grammar points introduced and practiced in Lessons 1–5 are also covered.
Lesson 07 - Personal Finance
In this lesson, you will review contrary-to-fact conditional statements introduced in Lesson 4 and begin to work with contrary-to-fact questions. You’ll also practice making statements using the passive voice to emphasize an object or action when the doer is not important. Skills include calculating monthly expenses, identifying ways to save money, interpreting credit card and loan information, analyzing advertising techniques, and writing a business letter.
Lesson 08 - Buying a Home
This lesson introduces comparative and superlative adjectives. It also reviews yes/no questions and answers and several types of information questions. You’ll practice interpreting housing ads, comparing types of housing, and identifying housing preferences. You’ll go through the steps of purchasing a home. You’ll also take a look at mortgage information.
Lesson 09 - Community
Lesson 9 introduces embedded questions. Skills include locating community resources, using the telephone, and giving and responding to suggestions. You’ll also work on reading a road map and discovering places to volunteer in your community.
Lesson 10 - Health
This lesson introduces the present perfect continuous, which is used to accurately describe time and duration. You’ll also practice the use of the time expressions since and for. You’ll identify indirect and direct speech and practice reporting what other people said. You’ll describe symptoms and interpret doctor’s diagnoses and nutrition information. You’ll also be introduced to several medical terms, the differences in insurance plans, and health insurance applications.
Lesson 11 - Getting Hired
There are no grammar elements in this lesson. This lesson focuses on helping you identify skills and characteristics you need to get a good job. You’ll also get tips on how to conduct a job search, how to write a resume, how to write a cover letter, and how to prepare for a job interview.
Lesson 12 - Review of Lessons 7–11
This lesson reviews the material discussed in Lessons 7–11. It covers these topics: personal finance, buying a home, community, health, and getting hired. You’ll also review the grammar points introduced and practiced in Lessons 7–11.