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Do you need to learn intermediate-level English—and learn it fast? If so, this is the course for you!
Don't worry if you don't know a lot of English. In these lessons, you'll review some basics and build more intermediate–level skills step-by-step. Fun activities and games will help you learn the English you need for real-life situations including using the bank, finding a job or a home, dealing with sicknesses, and making good shopping decisions. You'll also learn key words and phrases you can use at school, work, and other places in your community. This course will teach you some important skills including how to set and achieve goals, solve problems, and manage your time and money.
You'll build grammar, vocabulary, and writing skills step-by-step as you go through the course. You'll also improve your listening skills through audio and video activities. By the time you're done, you'll have the skills you need to speak intermediate-level English with confidence.
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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.
You will practice using can to talk about ordering food in a restaurant. You’ll also study how to use how much and how many with count and noncount nouns. Skills you’ll learn in this lesson include reading a menu, making a shopping list, locating items in a supermarket, planning meals, and reading recipes.
You will practice should and need to give advice and warnings about health. You’ll make comparisons about what is better and best and use regular and irregular verbs in simple past to describe symptoms and medical problems. Skills in this lesson include describing healthy practices, identifying ailments, making a doctor’s appointment, reading medicine labels, and identifying and describing emergencies.
You’ll identify common goals and practice expressing future plans with want to, hope to, plan to, and be going to. You’ll use clauses with because and so to talk about reasons and results. You’ll also practice writing your goals in sentences and in a paragraph. Skills in this lesson include identifying goals, setting academic goals, setting work goals, finding ways to learn, and recording goals.
You will practice using get + object + past participle to describe services you receive. You’ll review comparative and superlative adjectives and use must and have to describe necessary things. Skills in this lesson include identifying places to purchase goods and services, interpreting advertisements, comparing products, identifying and comparing purchasing methods, and making a smart purchase.
You will practice comparatives using more, most, fewer, less, and least as well as yes/no questions with do. You will also review information questions and study an introduction to past continuous tense form. Skills in this lesson include interpreting classified ads, making decisions about housing, arranging and canceling utilities, making a budget, and writing a letter to a landlord.
Lesson 11 focuses on information questions with how far, what time, how often, and how much. There is also a section on adverbial clauses with before, after, and when. Skills in this lesson include asking for information, interpreting charts and comparing information, interpreting a road map, identifying daily activities, and writing about a place.
This lesson reviews the material covered in Lessons 7–11. It covers these topics: goals and lifelong learning, balancing your life, becoming a smart consumer, housing, and community life. The grammar points introduced and practiced in Lessons 7–11 are also covered.
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Rob Jenkins is a professor at Santa Ana College School of Continuing Education. He has more than 16 years of teaching experience in the English language classroom and holds an MS in TESOL from California State University Fullerton. Rob is the Professional Development Coordinator for Continuing Education Programs at his institution. He is also the author of textbooks and other materials for English language learners. He has received curriculum development, professional development, and publications awards from his college and most recently was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award in 2008.
Staci Johnson has taught all levels of adult ESL, including credit, non-credit, and workplace English. She holds an MA in Linguistics with a Teaching ESL Certificate, which is supported by more than 10 years in the English language classroom. Staci has also written textbooks and other materials for English language learners. Her passions are teacher training and curriculum development, both of which she does on a continual basis.
Charletta Bowen will be your facilitator in the Discussion Areas. She is an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher and has been teaching ESL for 30 years. She currently teaches advanced level students at a university in the U.S.
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