B.1 English preparation course

Online English course, structured according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

B.1 English preparation course

Why study English?

There are several important reasons for studying English. This is the most spoken foreign language in the world: aproximately 1.500 million people use English as their communication language. Speaking English in this global world heps us to open doors in our professional and personal lives. It allows us to use the internet easily (the 50% of web contents are in English), to watch films and read books in their original version (most of the original versions of successful films and books are in English), to find a job or to improve the one we have (today it is very common to ask for a language certificate in almost any profession), to travel and get to know new people, to study and work abroad... Are you up for it?

Materials

All the materials are on the online platform. Students will have access to varied exercises, videos and songs.

Estructura del curso

Part 1
Revision of B1.1 / B1.2 contents
Part 2
Revision of B1.3 / B1.4 contents
Part 3
Exam preparation

The teacher

She holds a degree in Spanish Philology and has attended philology subjects on English and German as a foreign language.

My objectives for this course

To teach the required contents to pass the B1 English test. I am open to any suggestion, request or complaint that improves the course and my role as a teacher.

My wishes for this course

I wish the students acquire the necessary knowledge to pass the exam but, especially, it thrills me to see them enjoy learning.

Why prepare the B1 exam with us?

Nowadays, it is essential to have a B1 certificate. We need it to study, to go on Erasmus, to work... Even for jobs such as waiter or cashier it is now common to ask for a B1 certificate in several parts of Spain. Considering this need and reality, with few hours to go to class, we have designed this course to prepare a B1 exam completely online. After a revision of intermediate levels, there will be an extense practice with several exam templates that will enable students to pass one of the most renowned exams: the Cambridge Preliminary English Test, Intermediate II at the Escola de Idiomas, ACLES Certificate (for universities). One course, several possibilities. Are you up for it?

How is the course development?

This course is totally online (total of 80 hours of materials) and includes 30 tutor hours with a native teacher who will clear up all doubts. Within the total 80 hours of the course, aproximately 45 correspond to content revision and 35 are for exam preparation. The target is to help students review the most important contents within the intermediate level and prepare them to pass the exam that suits them best: Cambridge Preliminary Test, Intermediate II at the Escola de Idiomas or ACLES certificate (for universities). There will be several exam templates of each type of certification at your disposal as well as an explanation of what you will find and what it is expected from you.

General information on the contents

After finishing the total of virtual hours (a total of 80, out of which the student should dedicate a weekly average of 4 hours to work and 2 to interact in online chats, questionaries, etc.), students are expected to master the skills of the B1 level as established in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages:

  • Listening comprehension: can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can understand the main point of many radio and TV programmes that deal with current issues or personal interests when the speech is relatively slow and clear.
  • Reading comprehension: can understand texts on topics that are written in a familiar or work related language. Can understand the description of events, feelings and desires in personal letters.
  • Speaking: can produce simple connected sentences to describe experiences and facts, dreams, hopes and ambitions. Can explain and briefly justify my opinion and projects. Can tell a story, a book or film plot, and describe reactions.
  • Oral interaction: can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling. Can take part in spontaneous conversation on familiar matters (for instance family, hobbies, work, travelling or current issues).
  • Writing: can produce simple connected texts on topics that are familiar or of personal interest. Can write personal letters that describe experiences and impressions.

Contents

Grammar: interrogating; present tenses (present simple, continuous, perfect); past tenses (past simple, continuous and perfect); verb patterns; future tenses; conditionals; gerund and infinitive; modal verbs; adjectives; prepositions; adverbs; articles; passive voice; direct and indirect speech; relative sentences.

Vocabulary: daily routine; hobbies; feelings; physical descriptions; food; cities; house descriptions; means of transport; holidays and celebrations; travelling health; the weather; technology; education.

Who can take this course?

To make the course a level test is required, which consists in a written part of about 20 minutes and a spoken interview with the teacher. Students are expected to have at least an equivalent level of B1.2.

Besides, all other students with enthusiasm for learning, motivation, internet access and a Gmail account are welcome.

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