Course Handbook General English Skills

 
Course Handbook General English Skills
General English Skills

Course Handbook
Course Handbook General English Skills
FOREWORD

                           Welcome by the Dean of the
                School of Foundation & English Language Studies

It is a pleasure to welcome you to BPP University.

The aim of this course is to help you improve your English language skills.

You will get the most out of your time with us if you understand that high quality education
is a two-way activity in which all students must engage.

Our tutors and support staff are committed to helping you to get the most from your time at
BPP University, but please do not forget that the main effort must come from you!

We welcome feedback, both good and bad, to help us continually improve this course and
we look forward to working with you.

Let’s have a great time together!

Good luck with your English language study and your future!

Amanda Blackmore
Professor Amanda Blackmore
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Dean, School of Foundation and English Language
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Welcome by Director of Programmes

We would all like to wish you a warm welcome to BPP University. We hope very much that
you will find your time with us enjoyable and useful.

This course has been designed with great care and based on many years’ experience of
teaching English.

We are familiar with the different needs of the many types of people who come to us for
tuition. At the same time we really value your comments and suggestions as it is important
that you keep us informed so we might improve.

You will meet people from many cultures and races at BPP and we hope that you will enjoy
the opportunity of this diversity.

You will get the most out of the course if you are happy and comfortable. So do tell us if you
are worried about something, or if you have a problem.

We wish you a very happy stay and look forward to working with you.

Paul Evans
Paul Evans
Director of Programmes, School of Foundation and English Language Studies

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Contents
 Details ...................................................................................................................................... 5
 Overview of Course ................................................................................................................... 5
 General English Skills Level 1...................................................................................................... 5
 General English Skills Level 2...................................................................................................... 5
 General English Skills Level 3...................................................................................................... 5
 General English ...................................................................................................................... 11
 Modes of Assessment............................................................................................................... 13
 MODULE TITLE: General English ............................................................................................ 16
 General English Levels 1, 2 & 3................................................................................................ 20

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INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE
Details

                                 General English Skills
Course Title

Delivering Body                  BPP University

You will receive a certificate of attendance and completion for each part of the course you
pass, specifying your exit level.

Because the course is non-credit and non-award bearing, it does not count towards any
undergraduate or postgraduate programme that you may go on to study.

Overview of Course

The General English Skills course is designed to provide you with an opportunity to improve
your general English skills, and achieve a level of communication in English equivalent to B1
on the Common European Framework of Reference.

The General English Skills course consists of three stages and you may enrol to complete
one, two, or all three levels:

General English Skills Level 1 (split into two subgroups depending on level on
entry)
General English Skills Level 2
General English Skills Level 3
When you arrive we will make sure that you are put on the right part of the course to get the
most out of your studies.

When you successfully complete General English Skills level 3, you may progress to BPP
University’s International Foundation programmes.

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Introduction

The course will provide you with English language skills that will help you communicate with
other English speakers from around the world.

This will be achieved through the completing of tasks requiring communication with others,
and using real life written examples.

You will improve your general English through teaching methods and materials that put you
at the centre of the learning. We will be responsive to your needs and the course will also
involve cultural activities and visits that will give you the opportunity to use English language
in real-life situations.

We will give you feedback on how you are doing throughout the course so you can see how
you are getting on and where you might improve. You will need to successfully complete
assessments each term to progress to the next level.

Some of the content of a module may change slightly from what is written in here depending
on your needs.

All students have a personal tutor who will work with them throughout their studies to support
and guide them in order to achieve their study goals, and help them to progress to the next.

If you do not require a visa then you can study English over your chosen period.

If you require a visa to study with us will receive advice about the length of time you can
study with us, depending on your current level of English and the level you wish to reach at
the end of the course.

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                          The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and approximate IELTS Equivalence

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LEARNING OUTCOMES
Learning outcomes describe what you should know and be able to do if you make full use of
the opportunities for learning provided

Reading               Level 1                    Level 2                      Level 3
                       A1/A2                     A2/B1                          B2
              Can         understand    Can           understand    Can understand the
              sentences          and    sentences            and    main ideas of complex
              frequently        used    expressions related to      text on both concrete
              expressions related to    areas    of    immediate    and abstract topics,
              areas      of     most    relevance (e.g. basic       including         technical
              immediate relevance       personal and family         discussions in his/her
              (e.g.    very    basic    information,       work,    field of specialisation.
              personal and family       school & leisure).
              information, shopping,
              local       geography,
              employment).
Writing
              Can communicate in        Can communicate in      Can     produce    clear,
              simple and routine        routine tasks requiring a
                                                                detailed text on a wide
              tasks     requiring   a   direct    exchange     of
                                                                range of subjects and
              simple exchange of        information on familiar explain a viewpoint on a
              information on familiar   matters.                topical issue giving the
              and routine matters.                              advantages           and
              Can describe aspects      Can describe aspects of disadvantages          of
              of his/her background,    his/her background, and various options
              immediate environment     environment,        and
              and matters in areas of   matters in areas of
              immediate need.           need.
Listening
              Can         understand    Can           understand    Can understand the
              sentences          and    sentences            and    main points of clear
              frequently        used    expressions related to      standard      input    on
              expressions related to    areas    of    immediate    familiar matters regularly
              areas      of     most    relevance (e.g. basic       encountered in work,
              immediate relevance       personal and family         school, leisure, etc.
              (e.g.    very    basic    information,       work,
              personal and family       school & leisure).          Can deal with most
              information, shopping,                                situations likely to arise
              local       geography,                                while travelling in an
              employment).                                          area      where        the
                                                                    language is spoken.

Speaking              Level 1                    Level 2                    Level 3
                       A1/A2                      A2/B1                        B2
              Can communicate in        Can communicate in          Can interact with a
              simple and routine        routine tasks requiring a   degree of fluency and
              tasks     requiring   a   direct    exchange     of   spontaneity that makes
              simple exchange of        information on familiar     regular interaction with
              information on familiar   matters.                    native speakers quite

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               and routine matters.                              possible without strain
               Can describe aspects      Can describe aspects of for either party.
               of his/her background,    his/her background, and
               immediate environment     environment,        and
               and matters in areas of   matters in areas of
               immediate need.           need.

Pass mark

The General English Skills course is graded pass/fail. The pass mark is 50%.

Where you are undertaking more than one term of study, you must reach the requisite level
of English before progressing onto the next level of the course.

At each level the language difficulty and difficulty of the tasks and exercises undertaken will
increase as you progress through the course and improve your English abilities.

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General English

General Information

School                           School of Foundation and English Language
                                 Studies
Credit Value                     None
Contact Hours                    200 Hours F2F (10 weeks per level)
Course
                                 Stage 1: General English Skills Level 1 (2 entry points)

                                 Stage 2: General English Skills Level 2

                                 Stage 3: General English Skills Level 3

Course Leader                    Rachael Derrick / Steve Dixon-Smith
Related        Pre-requisites    None
Modules
               Co-requisites     None
               Post-requisites   None
               Excluded          None
               Combinations
External Accrediting Body        None

Introduction

This course provides you with general English skills from an elementary level in order to
allow you to develop basic communicative competence in the language equivalent to level
B1 or B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference, depending on your entry
level. This will be achieved through progressive practice and enhancement of your reading,
writing, speaking and listening skills.

On satisfactory completion of General English Skills Level 3, students will have the option of
progression to BPP University’s International Foundation programmes.

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Educational Aims

This course aims to:
   • Provide students with essential language skills for general purposes, communication
       in the workplace, and the level necessary to progress on to BPP University’s
       Foundation programmes, if required.
   • Provide students with an opportunity to increase their competence in all four skills:
       reading, writing, listening and speaking.
   • Increase the students’ lexical resource, grammatical range and accuracy.
   • Improve their spoken fluency with focus upon intonation and pronunciation at word
       and at sentence level.
   • Improve descriptive as well as functional writing skills.

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Modes of Assessment
Each level of the Course is assessed through the completion of both formative assessments and one (1) independent task [the Summative
Element] testing elements of English; Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing and Language Development.

Formative Assessment
Formative assessments are designed to give students an opportunity to practice assessments and to receive tutor feedback on their progress
against the learning outcomes prior to the summative assessment.

Formative assessment grades do not contribute to the final module grade. All Formative assessments are individual assessments unless
otherwise stated.

Summative Assessment
Summative assessments are those assessments which contribute to your module grade. Summative assessments are individual assessments
unless otherwise stated.

For each level of the course there is one summative assessment made up of five parts testing your listening, speaking, reading, writing and
language development. Each part has equal weight.

The pass mark for each will be 50%

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                Level 1                         Level 2                                 Level 3

                FORMATIVE                       FORMATIVE                               FORMATIVE

Listening       Listening comprehension test.   Listening comprehension test.           Listening comprehension test

Speaking        Group role play activity /      Group role play activity / discussion   Group role play activity / discussion
                discussion

Reading         Reading comprehension test      Reading comprehension test              Reading comprehension test

Writing         Initial assessment              Initial assessment                      Initial assessment
                Informal brief written          Informal descriptive writing: test      Opinion-based informative and
                communication: test                                                     descriptive written communication: test

Language    Initial assessment (LD). Progress   Initial assessment (LD). Progress LD    Initial assessment (LD). Progress LD
Development LD test                             test                                    test

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                    SUMMATIVE (100% of                  SUMMATIVE (100% of                   SUMMATIVE (100% of
                    assessment)                         assessment)                          assessment)

                         Level 1                             Level 2                              Level 3

Listening           Listening comprehension test.       Listening comprehension test.        Listening comprehension test

Speaking            Small group role play based on an   Small group role play / discussion   Small group role play / discussion
                    authentic situation                 based on an authentic situation      based on an authentic situation

Reading             Reading comprehension test 80%      Reading comprehension test 80%       Reading comprehension test 80%

                    Progress reading portfolio 20%      Progress reading portfolio 20%       Progress reading portfolio 20%

Writing             Produce a progress writing          Timed piece of writing 80%           Timed piece of writing 80%
                    portfolio 100%
                                                        Progress writing portfolio 20%       Progress writing portfolio 20%

Language            Timed language development test     Timed language development test      Timed language development test
Development

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INDICATIVE SCHEME OF WORK

TITLE: General English

Syllabus

Listening and Speaking Skills:

   •   Listening to a range of spoken texts for gist and specific information
   •   Engaging in communicative tasks with classmates
   •   Analysing and practising features of English pronunciation, including phonemic and
       prosodic elements
   •   Raising awareness of features of connected speech for recognition and production
   •   Practising pre-listening strategies and reflecting on content
   •   Reception and production of spoken language for ‘everyday’ communication with focus
       on both intelligibility and acceptability.

Reading and Writing skills:

   •   Reading a range of texts for gist and specific information.
   •   Increasing knowledge of text structure and purpose
   •   Extended reading of a variety of text types
   •   Writing process (generating ideas, planning and organisation, etc.);
   •   Encouraging self-correction
   •   Recognising genres of writing and producing texts according to conventions of the genre
   •   Describing, comparing, presenting opinions etc. for a variety of ‘everyday’
       communicative purposes

Language Development – Grammar and Vocabulary:

   •   Initial analysis of students' needs;
   •   Systematic work on key areas of grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation (to be adjusted
       according to students’ needs);
   •   Development of core vocabulary

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INDICATIVE OUTLINES

The General English course is organised as follows (the division of the various skills and hours
is to be understood as an average estimate per week and can be adjusted on a week-by-week
basis as required by specific activities and the needs of the group):

Level 1:

                    Language Development:                  6 (hrs/week)
                    Grammar and Vocabulary
                      Listening & Speaking                  7 (hrs/week)

                          Reading & Writing                 7 (hrs/week)

Level 2:

                    Language Development:                  6 (hrs/week)
                    Grammar and Vocabulary
                      Listening & Speaking                  7 (hrs/week)

                          Reading & Writing                 7 (hrs/week)

Level 3:

                    Language Development:                6 (hrs/week)
                    Grammar and Vocabulary
                      Listening & Speaking               7 (hrs/week)

                        Reading & Writing                7 (hrs/week)

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       Topic                                         Outline
Development:      This component is designed to
Language              • Improve grammatical range and accuracy
                      • Increase lexical range, knowledge of semantics and parts of
                          speech
                  The teaching strategy for this course component is;
                      • To ensure a gradual and systematic build up of knowledge
                      • To ensure that this knowledge is practised in context within the
                          classroom and also outside
                      • To regularly set and mark homework tasks
                      • To set regular online progress tests
Listening         The aim of this component is to help with the acquisition of listening skills
                  by listening to dialogues, monologues, stories, interviews, discussions,
                  podcasts, broadcasts and talks.
                  The teaching strategy for this course component is:
                      • To teach skills, such as predicting content from context, to help
                          students focus on the topic in question
                      • To teach students how to listen for specific information
                      • To teach students how to follow connected speech
                      • To use authentic teaching resources and encourage students to
                          use their listening skills externally at all times and in all
                          environments.
Speaking          The aim of this course component is to help with the acquisition of
                  speaking skills by introducing functional speaking tasks, firstly in controlled
                  form, and then progressing to freer activities in order to increase the
                  students’ ability to communicate orally over a wide range of everyday and
                  work contexts.
                  The teaching strategy of this course component is:
                      • To use the language learned in other components in authentic oral
                          communication activities
                      • To encourage task-based participation from all class members
                      • To create classroom models based upon everyday situations
                      • To introduce basic phonetics, including the phonetic alphabet
                      • To identify and resolve problematic areas of pronunciation and
                          intonation at word and sentence level

     Reading      The aim of this component is to improve the overall ability of students to
                  understand written English and develop their skills in relation to general
                  texts. The emphasis is more on developing detailed comprehension and
                  linguistic knowledge than on developing reading strategies. The teaching
                  strategy of the module is to:

                  •      Improve students’ overall ability in understanding written English
                  •      Develop students’ skills in reading general texts
                  •      Improve students’ reading fluency
                  •      Develop students’ vocabulary
                  •      Encourage students to relate their purposes to particular reading

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                         strategies

                  Relevant texts will be selected to reflect the English language ability of the
                  students for developing reading strategies in class.

                  Students will also be encouraged to engage in an extended reading
                  programme making use of graded readers appropriate to students’ levels.
Writing           The aim of the writing component is to provide an overall introduction to
                  writing in English for functional and personal purposes.
                  The course will take account of the growing role of written communication
                  for keeping in touch with friends and family through digital media.

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                       General English Skills Levels 1, 2 & 3

Books and Texts

The core text book for the Programme is the following:

Macmillan Publishers Global Coursebook and Workbooks

Additional resources are available online at http://www.macmillanglobal.com/

Additional teaching materials (with printing and re-producing permissions) are as follows:

   •   Reading Extra: A resource book of multi- level skills activities, Liz Driscoll : CUP
   •   Listening Extra: A resource book of multi- level skills activities, Miles Craven: CUP
   •   Writing Extra: A resource book of multi- level skills activities, Graham Palmer: CUP
   •   Speaking Extra: A resource book of multi- level skills activities, Mick Gammidge: CUP

Murphy, R. (2004). English Grammar in Use, Cambridge: CUP.

Murphy, R. (2007) Essential Grammar in Use Cambridge: CUP.

Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary (4th edition). Cambridge: CUP.

Cambridge English Readers:

Level 2 - Elementary / Lower Intermediate
Level 3 - Lower Intermediate
Level 4 - Intermediate

Online Resources
In addition to class-based language work, online resources will provide students with a
structured programme of skills development activities to be accessed independently. These will
be offered via the moodle platform utilising global e-workbook materials. Performance and
completion of these tasks will be monitored.
Students will also have access to a range of CD ROM and e-learning facilities via the learning
resource centre.

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SECTION 5: SCHEME OF WORK

The scheme of work is indicative of what will happen in the week of study, and will be
subject to detailed lesson plans

Non-Award Course Title: General English Skills Level 1

Session                                                  Content
                 Language            Reading skills    Listening skills      Writing          Speaking
                Development
Preliminary
Work
Week
1             Articles              Global English     Numbers            Forms           Conversation
              Possessive            Power of numbers                                      Finding out
              adjectives                                                                  personal info
              ---
              International words
              Numbers 1-10
              Numbers11-99
              Email & website
              addresses
2             Prepositions          Created capital    Megacities         Describing a    Personal
              Wh- questions         Commuting          Cities and         routine         information
              Present simple (3
                               rd
                                    Calendars          countries                          Making decisions
              person)                                                                     Describing
              ---
              Megacities
              Describing places
              also and too
              Daily routine
              Time and Dates
                                                       Cultural Visit
3             Possessive ‘s         Shakespeare’s      Clans              Your family     Talking and
              Questions with        tragic families    Man’s best         A personal      asking about
              do/does               Clans              friend?            description     friends
              Object pronouns       Meeting places                                        Emphasising
              ---                   Man’s best
              Family                friend?
              Colours
              Describing what
              you do with friends
              Adjectives to
              describe
              characteristics
              really
4             There is / There      Unusual hotels     Describing a       Writing about   Inventing a hotel
              are                   Couchsurfing       home               what you        Talking about
              Count and uncount                        A full-English     would like to   your house
                                    A full-English                        eat
              nouns                 breakfast          breakfast                          Consonant

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            Quantifiers            Hungry planet                                              clusters
            ---                                                             An email to a     Describing a
            Hotel facilities                                                hotel             picture of a
                                                                                              breakfast
            Furniture
                                                                                              Linking words
            Food & drink
            Fresh and
            processed food
            a type of, a kind of
            a sort of
                                                         Cultural Visit
5           Frequency              World cinema          World cinema       Writing a pitch   A trip to the
            adverbs (every         Make a pitch          People talking     A review          cinema
            day/ week/ month)                            about television                     Television habits
                                   Television
            Frequency              theories              programmes                           Talking about TV
            adverbs (always,
            often,
            sometimes…)
            ---
            A trip to the
            cinema
            Types of film
            TV programmes
            Phrasal verbs (turn
            down, turn off)
            See, watch
6           Can (possibility)      The Gallup survey     Benefits at work   Writing about a   Schools in your
            Can (ability)          Ten facts about…      Important          job               country
            Was/were               typing                firsts… Centres    A job             School subjects
                                   School days           of learning        application
            Questions with
            was/were                                     School days
            ---
            Jobs
            Abilities
            Types of school
            School subjects
            A (little) bit
                                                         Cultural Visit
7           Past simple            The news from…        The news           A biography       A news story
            Past simple            All the president’s   from…              Describing an     Conversations
            (questions and         men                   All the            event             with it
            negatives)             The great eskimo      president’s men                      Opinions about
            it                     vocabulary hoax       Storm chase                          the weather
            ---                    Storm chase                                                A day out
            History and story
            Weather
8           Present                Pedal power           The Mid-Levels     An email about    Transport
            continuous             Coming to Hong        Escalators         culture shock     questionnaire
            Present simple         Kong                  Feelings           A report          A travel dialogue
            and present            Culture shock                                              Changes in
            continuous                                                                        population
                                   Global migration
            The comparative                                                                   What would you
                                   Why did you go?
            The infinitive of                                                                 take and why?
            purpose
            ---

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            Transport
            Big numbers
            Feelings
            What would you
            take and why?
                                                       Cultural Visit
9           Present perfect        One planet, one     A conversation    Describing      Contact with
            The superlative        place!              about an          someone         nature
                                   Rites of passage    unusual species   A speech        Life events
            Have got
                                   Body styles         Parts of the
            One and ones                               body
            ---                                        The history of
            Nature                                     fashion
            Life events
            Parts of the body
            Parts of the face
            Clothes
            Talking about
            colours

10          -ing forms             Masters of fun      Reasons for       An email to a   Free time
            Going to               Malta               visiting Malta    friend          activities
            Present perfect        A ball can change   Popular                           Malta
            and past simple        the world           language games                    Planning a
            ---                    Kim’s game                                            weekend
            Free time activities                                                         Asking about
                                                                                         sport
            Places in a city
                                                                                         Playing games
            Fun and funny
                                                                                         Explaining a
            Sports                                                                       game
            Playing games                                                                Word Bingo
            -less and -ful

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Non-Award Course Title: General English Skills Level 2

Session                                                      Content
                  Language                 Reading        Listening skills       Writing         Speaking
                 Development                skills
Preliminary
Work
1             Word order in             The ID card       Descriptions of    A personal       Describing
              questions                 Six degrees of    people             description      people
              What and How              separation        Descriptions of                     False identities
              questions                 CCTV is           personal                            The alphabet
              Present simple,           watching you      relationships
                                                                                              Family and
              frequency adverbs                           Explanation of                      friends
              Present continuous                          the Six Degrees
                                                          of Separation                       Linking words
              ---
              Everyday objects
              Describing people
              Look / look like
2             Countable /               Tastes            Talk on Zao        Description of   Food
              uncountable nouns,        comforting        Shen               food and drink   questionnaire
              quantifiers               Ten kitchen       Talk on water                       How do you
              ---                       secrets           and the human                       make it?
              The infinitive            The people        body                                Food tips
              The infinitive of         behind the                                            Describing a
              purpose                   drinks                                                kitchen
              ---                                                                             /k/ and /ts/
              Vocab: food, in the                                                             ---
              kitchen, containers,                                                            What do you like
              the human body                                                                  to drink?

                                                          Cultural Visit
3             Past simple and past      Discovered!       Lecture on the     A scene from a   Describing
              continuous                True stories of   history of sound   short story      works of art
              Used to                   art discoveries   recording          A review         Retelling stories
              ---                       The Picture of    Talk on music in                    Describing
                                        Dorian Gray       film and tv                         pictures
              Vocab: works of art,      by Oscar
              furniture and             Wilde
              furnishings, feelings,
              just                      High Fidelity
                                        by Nick
                                        Hornby
4             Future hopes and          When I grow       Interviews with    An email to a    My hopes and
              plans                     up…               two aid workers    friend           plans
              Future plans and          Pandora’s box     Conversation                        Foreign aid
              intentions: be going      Things will get   about An                            Hope
              to, present               worse –           Inconvenient
              continuous                                  Truth                               Climate change
                                        famous                                                questionnaire
              Prediction and ability:   dystopias in
              will, be able to          literature                                            Word stress
              Future time
              Clauses
              ---
              Adjectives and
              synonyms, global

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            issues, phrasal
            verbs, geographical
            features, -ed/-ing
            endings
                                                      Cultural Visit
5           Have                    Profile of an     Conversations     Leisure Time       Jobs
            Modal verbs             Indian call       between bosses    A CV               Job
                                    centre worker     and employees                        characteristics
            -ing verbs
                                    Ten facts         Presentation                         Ten questions
            Present perfect, have   about …           about ‘The
            been / have gone                                                               about leisure
                                    amusement         serious leisure
            ---                     parks around      perspective’
            Vocab: work, work       the world
            issues
            Job vs work
            The verb: play
            Contractions
            Past participles
6           Comparatives with       The science of    Conversation      Describing         Happiness
            …er and more            happiness         about the worst   advantages and     Guessing jobs
            Comparatives (a bit /   Fitter Happier    jobs in science   disadvantages
                                                                                           Dangerous
            much / as … as)         Frankentein by    Website                              knowledge
            Sauperlatives           Mary Shelley      addresses
                                                                                           The schwa
            Phrasal verbs and       Going, going,     Conversations
                                                      about computer                       Website
            objects                 gone…                                                  addresses
                                                      problems
                                    The Luddites                                           Modern
                                                                                           technology
                                                                                           Sentence stress
                                                      Cultural Visit
7           Present perfect with    A brief history   Talk on the       Giving your        The best time to
            for and since           of time zones     concept of time   opinion            …
            Present perfect with    A Tale of Two                                          Time-saving
            yet and already         Cities by                                              inventions
                                    Charles                                                Sentence stress
                                    Dickens
                                                                                           Describing
                                    A lifetime of                                          pictures
                                    financial
                                    concerns                                               A bank loan
                                    A different
                                    kind of bank

8           Passive voice           Bram Stoker’s     Famous homes      A dialogue         A tour of your
            First conditional       Dracula           Conversations     A description of   home
            Second conditional      The cat came      with travel       a town             Animals
                                    came back         guides                               Beach resorts
            Prepositions of
            movement                Travel                                                 Describing
                                    guidebooks                                             photos
            House or home?
                                    The Beach by                                           If you could go
            Adjectives and          Alex Garland
            prepositions                                                                   anywhere…
                                    New kinds of                                           Sentence stress
            Words that mean         tourism
            ‘trip’
                                                      Cultural Visit
9           Modal verbs of          Milestones of     Talk on the       A sick note        The common
            advice                  modern            common cold       An outline post    cold
            Could/couldn’t/had      medicine          Advice on cures                      Sports

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            to/didn’t have to     Olympic losers   for the common                       questionnaire
            Past perfect                           cold                                 A visit to the
            Reported statements                    Conversation at                      doctor
                                                   the doctor’s                         Fitness
            Say, tell and ask
                                                                                        questionnaire
            Win and beat
                                                                                        Word stress
            Vocab: feeling ill,
            medical treatment

10          Defining relative     Brave New        Interview with    Definitions game   Famous quotes
            clauses               Words by         Kerry Maxwell     A report on        Driving
            Definite article      Kerry Maxwell                      studies            questionnaire
            Verb form review      New places for   Two classic                          A board game
                                  a new world      board games
            Both, neither                                                               Consonant
                                  Old but loved:                                        clusters
            Words that mean       the Trabart
            new                                                                         Sentence stress
            Words that mean                                                             and intonation
            game
            Vocab: transport,
            games, places

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    Non-Award Course Title: General English Skills Level 3

Scheme of Work
Session                                                 Content
                 Language           Reading skills   Listening skills        Writing           Speaking
                Development
Preliminary
Work
1             State and actions     The Hobbit       Greetings           Culture quiz      Intonation and
              verbs                 English for      English for a       A report          different meaning
              Present simple and    Specific         specific purpose                      Fantasy stories
              present continuous    Purposes         Capitals of                           and film
              Questions             Towards a        culture                               Word stress
              Subject object        definition of                                          Nominating a
              questions             culture                                                town
              ---                                                                          Culture quiz
              Collocations for
              describing places
              The verb ‘look’
2             Past simple and       White Teeth      An interview with   Ghost - writing   Word stress
              past continuous       Grimm’s fairy    a ghost writer      a partner’s       Weak forms
              Past simple and       tales            A fairy tale        experience
                                                                                           Sentence stress
              past perfect          Legendary                            A mini saga
              Modifiers             places –                             A narrative
              Used to / would       modern
                                    meanings
              Extreme adjectives
              Prepositions
              Talking about
              meaning
                                                     Cultural Visit
3             Future forms: plans   Endless energy   A desert survival   An online         Talking about a
              and intentions        Coming in fro    expert              comment:          photo
              Will and be going     the cold         Energy sources      giving opinions   Planning a trip
              to for predictions    Weather ups      In a department     A list poem       Talking about the
              Words to describe     and downs        store               A formal letter   cold
              statistics                                                                   Intonation
              Words that go with
              problem
4             Present perfect                                            Giving the news   Contrastive stress
              and past simple                                                              Word stress
              Present perfect                                                              Telling a friwend
              with yet and                                                                 your news
              already
                                                                                           Making
              So and such                                                                  predictions about
              Real conditionals                                                            a film
              ---                                                                          The average
              Unusual / usual                                                              English man or
                                                                                           woman

                                                     Cultural Visit
5             Modals of             Asimov’s laws    Laws of             Cartoon           Government
              obligation and        of robotics      bureaucracy         captions          Bureaucrattic
              permission            I’m a Teacher,   An orderly lunch    My school         situation
              Past modals of        Get Me Out of

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            obligation            Here!                                   years              Sentence stress
            Present perfect                                               Giving             order in the
            simple / continuous                                           instructions       kitchen
            with for and since
            Separable phrasal
            verbs
            ---
            -ics and- ology
            Government
            collocations
            Education
            compound nouns
            Phrasal verbs with
            up
6           Passive voice         Now you see it,     Optical illusions   A description of   Photography
            Articles              now you             Ways of             a place            Colours ands
                                  don’t…              speaking                               shapes
            Reported
            statements and        Optical illusions   What did she                           Describing
            questions             Overheard in        say?                                   equipment
            Reported requests     New York            An interview
            and commands                              about the stasi
            ---
            the
                                                       Cultural Visit
7           Defining relative     A good swap /       Tulipmania          Describing         Bartering
            clauses               trash or            Three men on a      objects for an     The best way to
            Non-defining          treasure            desert island       auction            make money
            relative clauses      Meeting our                             Giving her         Word stress
            Countable and         demands                                 opinion
                                                                                             Something you
            uncountable nouns                                                                were motivated to
            Wish                                                                             do
            ---                                                                              jokes
            The letter i

8           Would                 Life of Pi          Sending objects     How would your     Describing a
            Second conditional    Lost in space       into space          life have been     picture
                                                      Bulgaria’s          different?         A guessing game
            Third conditional     Top five
                                  inventions /        Thracian            An essay           Intonation
            Past modals of                            treasures
            deduction             discoveries                                                Finding treasure
                                  made by
                                  accident                                                   Speculating about
                                                                                             treasure
                                  Finding
                                  treasure
                                                       Cultural Visit
9           Verb patterns:        Room 101            The relationship    Expanding          English and
            verbs followed by –   Classic sporting    between the         sentences          French satirical
            ing and infinitive    rivalries           English and the     An informal        images
            with ‘to’                                 French              email              Word stress
                                  A Short History
            Comparatives and      of Tractors in      Sports                                 Sentence stress
            superlatives          Ukrainia                                                   and meaning
            Verbs followed by                                                                Categories
            prepositions
                                                                                             Sports
            Stereotypes
            Love
10          Verb form review      Famous              Descriptions of     A thank you        Silent letters

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            Reflexive pronouns    opening lines    novels            letter             Reading
            ---                   Birthday         Death in 16
                                                               th
                                                                     A farewell email   questionnaires
            Death, farewell and   customs          century England   or speech          Birthday customs
            leaving               Unhappy                            A speech           A presentation
                                  endings: the
                                  wives of Henry
                                  VIII
                                  Famous
                                  farewells

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Course Regulations
1.    Authority

      These regulations are made under the College’s General Academic Regulations, Part A,
      Paragraph 7 and are cited as the General English Skills Course Regulations.
2.   Conflict with the General Academic Regulations

      In the event of a conflict between these regulations and the College’s General Academic
      Regulations, and its sub-regulatory instruments, the latter shall prevail, unless derogation
      has been approved.

3.   Conditions for Admission

      Students need to have completed 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet
      the same standard) and show reasonable evidence of ability to complete the course
      successfully and/or progress to their chosen programme.

      Both 'international' and EU students may apply.

      Students must be 18 years or older on commencement and have a A2 (CEFR) minimum
      on a Visitor Visa, or B1 (CEFR)/4.0 IELTS equivalent score if entering on a Tier 4 Visa.

4.    Conditions of Acceptance

     An offer of a place on the course is subject to the terms and conditions stated in the
     documentation accompanying the offer, these regulations and the College’s General
     Academic Regulations as in force at the time of interpretation. The acceptance of the offer
     is taken as agreement to these regulations.
5.    Course Structure and Levels

       (1) The course is studied full-time (20 hours face to face teaching);

       (2) The course comprises a minimum one (1) term of study and a maximum four (4)
           terms of study, depending on the IELTS or equivalent score on entry;

       (3) Students must demonstrate an improved IELTS score equivalent at each level of the
           course in order to progress to the next level.
6.    Changing Levels

     Students may progress to a higher level on the course or to the relevant programme of
     study once they have achieved the requisite standard of English.

7.    Changing Courses/Programmes

      Subject to the approval of the Director of Programmes and compliance with any visa
      requirements, a student may be permitted to change from this course to BPP University’s
      International Foundation Certificate if they have reached the relevant level of English to do
      so.

8     Pass Mark

      The pass mark for the assessment at each level is 50% overall.

9.    Reassessment

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      a) A student shall be permitted 3 attempts at each assessment component (within the
         terms of their visa).

      b) Where a student fails the assessment they will not ordinarily be able to progress to the
         next term until they have passed. In exceptional circumstances, the Director of
         Programmes can authorise a student to progress.

10. Presentation of coursework assignments

        a)    Candidates must comply with the requirements on the presentation of assignments
              stated in the Course Handbook.

        b)    Assignments which do not comply with these requirements may be rejected by the
              Course Leader.

        c)    The Course Leader may require assignments or assessments which do not comply
              with the relevant requirements to be amended and resubmitted. Assessments or
              Assignments not amended and submitted by the due submission date will incur the
              standard penalties for late submission contained in the General Academic
              Regulations.

11.     Examinations Board, External Examination and Awards

        a)    The Course does not lead to an award or to credit but students will receive a
              certificate specifying their exit level of English.

        b)    As the Course does not lead to an award or credit, there will not be an examination
              board for the General English Skills Course.

        c)    However, the Course will comply with the requirements of External Examination
              contained in the GARs/Part J.

12. Progression to other programmes

Students who successfully complete General English at Level 3 will be permitted to progress
directly onto a BPP University International Foundation Certificate programme.

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