This course aims at the intensive completion of the B1 & B2 levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The course includes reading, writing, listening, and speaking components that draw on new trends in educational technology and language teaching.
At this level, students are typically expected to be able to:
- understand the main ideas as well as the details of (relatively) longer texts on a variety of both concrete and abstract topics,
- interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native and non-native speakers possible without considerable strain for either party,
- produce clear, detailed texts on a wide range of subjects and buttress a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options,
- take part in the B2 level certification exams of the University of Michigan (ECCE) and the ABLE B2 exams of the Hellenic American University.
This course provides practice in vocabulary, grammar, speaking, listening, reading, writing.
- The reading component typically consists of adapted and authentic texts as included in the selected textbooks used or in the additional teaching material designed by the Academic Team specifically for the needs of the course, covering a wide variety of topics, including sports, entertainment, the environment, education, social media, art, inventions, etc. Students will also get practice in the types of reading activities found in the ECCE/ABLE B2 exams.
- The listening component typically consists of listening to people talking in different situations, e.g., (phone) conversations, routine interactions, interviews, talks, communication between native and non-native speakers of English from all over the world, etc. Students will also practice exam-type listening activities for the ECCE/ABLE B2 exams.
- The writing component typically consists of writing ((in)formal) letters and e-mails, essays, articles, reviews, stories, etc., and practicing on writing activities found in the ECCE/ABLE B2 exams.
- The speaking component typically consists of pronunciation and intonation practice, comparing pictures, describing experiences and preferences, expressing personal opinions, agreeing, and disagreeing, making complaints and suggestions, giving short presentations, etc. Students will also get practice in the types of speaking activities found in the ECCE/ABLE B2 exams.
- The grammar component typically consists of the complete verb system (active and passive voice), prepositions, relative clauses, conditionals, wishes, modal verbs, gerunds/infinitives, causative, reported speech, etc.
- The vocabulary in this course consists of collocations, synonyms-antonyms, word formation, prefixes and suffixes, phrasal verbs, idioms, and vocabulary associated with the topics under discussion. Particular emphasis will be given to the vocabulary contained in the practice tests for the ECCE/ABLE B2 exams.
- Students will practice on tests simulating the time and conditions of the exams.
Saturday class Slot 2
18/09/2021-04/06/2022 Saturday class