Intermediate Conversational English
Being able tread 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 tuse English tits full potential, we need tbe able tconverse. The essence of language is ttransfer an idea from one person’s mind tanother, and in order tdthis, we need tbe able thave a conversation.
Conversational English requires the ability tpronounce and use words correctly, speak spontaneously, formulate sentences at will and, above all, it requires us thave the confidence tspeak in front of others.
This course is designed for students whalready have a grasp of spoken English but want ttake their confidence, fluency, and application ta higher level. American English has specifically designed the course tfocus on everyday situations in which we may find ourselves using English, as well as business settings where we are likely tcommunicate or perform some manner of work in English.
By the end of the course the student should have:
- Enhanced their vocabulary and ability tchoose the correct word in each context.
- Improved their knowledge of English grammar and be able tself-correct common mistakes.
- Experienced giving a formal presentation in front of an audience.
- Learned torganize 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 tcommunicate in English.
Each course can be customized tfit the group’s needs, and if the students have anything in particular they want twork on they are more than welcome trequest 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 tget the students engaged, thinking, practicing, and asking relevant questions. We aim tstray 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 dboth!
- Pre-assessment (Grammar, Listening, and Speaking).
- Small Talk group activities.
- What we can and cannot ask.
- Language input.
Pronunciation and Intonation:
- Common Filipinpronunciation errors.
- Sources of error.
- What is intonation?
- When, how, and why dwe use intonation?
- Common Filipinerrors when speaking English.
- Filipino-English terms which lead tconfusion.
- The dangers of direct translation from Tagalog.
- 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.
- 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).