Intermediate Conversational English
Being able to read and write in English and learning its vocabulary and grammatical structure is important as English is the language used in international business and communication. However, in order to use English to its full potential, we need to be able to converse. The essence of language is to transfer an idea from one person’s mind to another, and in order to do this, we need to be able to have a conversation.
Conversational English requires the ability to pronounce and use words correctly, speak spontaneously, formulate sentences at will and, above all, it requires us to have the confidence to speak in front of others.
This course is designed for students who already have a grasp of spoken English but want to take their confidence, fluency, and application to a higher level. American English has specifically designed the course to focus on everyday situations in which we may find ourselves using English, as well as business settings where we are likely to communicate or perform some manner of work in English.
By the end of the course the student should have:
- Enhanced their vocabulary and ability to choose the correct word in each context.
- Improved their knowledge of English grammar and be able to self-correct common mistakes.
- Experienced giving a formal presentation in front of an audience.
- Learned to organize their thoughts and arrange their speech in a coherent and methodical way.
- Made strides in targeting their pronunciation and intonation.
- Gained confidence in their ability to communicate in English.
Each course can be customized to fit the group’s needs, and if the students have anything in particular they want to work on they are more than welcome to request that the trainer cover these topics in depth, provided that there is a consensus among the students. The topics below are examples of what we cover in class.
Our classes always involve grammar and vocabulary input, some form of “soft skill” input, and then fun output activities to get the students engaged, thinking, practicing, and asking relevant questions. We aim to stray from the typical classroom setting and teach in a communicative and interactive way. We believe that if we can learn and have fun at the same time, why not do both!
- Pre-assessment (Grammar, Listening, and Speaking).
- Small Talk:
- Small Talk group activities.
- What we can and cannot ask.
- Language input.
- Pronunciation and Intonation:
- Common Filipino pronunciation errors.
- Sources of error.
- What is intonation?
- When, how, and why dwe use intonation?
- Common Filipino errors when speaking English.
- Filipino-English terms which lead to confusion.
- The dangers of direct translation from Tagalog.
- Describing Processes:
- How task questions.
- Riddles and activities involving questions.
- Murder Mystery activity.
- Language for debating.
- Structure of a debate.
- Class debate.
- Talking about travel.
- Spontaneous conversation.
- Using the past tense.
- Talking about food.
- Ordering food.
- Holidays and celebrations:
- Class discussion about traditions.
- Present a tradition from your culture/family.
- Activities for holidays and celebrations.
- Verb Tenses:
- Common errors.
- When tuse verb tenses.
- Correct verb forms.
- Tell me a story.
- Verb tense activities.
- Body language.
- Mind mapping.
- Practice presenting.
- Post-assessment (Presentation).