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Syllabus: Intermediate

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Intermediate Course – A=activity, L=listening, R=reading

 

Grammar

Vocabulary

Drama

Unit 1 – Pop-ups

 

L Present tenses
6 Minute Grammar

R Present tense review

R The present simple, present continuous and present perfect tenses
Grammar reference

L Hyphenation
6 Minute Vocabulary

A Numbers and hyphens 

A Two-word adjectives with hyphens 

R The pop-up phenomenon
Vocabulary relating to pop-up businesses

L How to haggle
Fucntional language

L Jamaica Inn – Part 1
Mixed tenses: present simple, present continuous, present perfect

Unit 2 – Hidden talents

 

L Present perfect continuous
6 Minute Grammar

A Making the present perfect continuous

L Song Stars UK
Present perfect continuous in context

R Present perfect continuous
Grammar reference

L In, at, on with time expressions
6 Minute Vocabulary

A Which preposition?
Time expressions

R Talent shows: from human judges to computers
Vocabulary relating to fame

L Jamaica Inn – Part 2
Present perfect continuous

Unit 3 – Can’t buy me love

 

L Quantifiers
6 Minute Grammar

A All, each, every, both, either and neither
Quantifiers

R Quantifiers
Grammar reference

L Uncountable nouns
6 Minute Vocabulary

A How uncountable nouns work

R More money might not mean more happiness
Vocabulary relating to wealth and lifestyle

L Are we ‘stuffocating’?
Materialism and minimalism

L Jamaica Inn – Part 3
Quantifiers: all, each, every, either, neither

Unit 4 – Travellers’ tales

 

L Phrasal verbs and prepositional verbs
6 Minute Grammar

R Multi-word verbs with break

R Multi-word verbs
Grammar reference

L Spoken short forms: gonna, wanna, dunno, whatcha
6 Minute Vocabulary

L Spot the short forms
Whatcha, gonna, gimme, lemme

L Pronunciation practice of short forms 

R The man who got dumped just before his honeymoon
Phrasal verbs relating to travel and relationships

L Making complaints
Functional language

L Jamaica Inn – Part 4
Phrasal verbs

Unit 5 – The colleague from hell

 

L Zero conditional and first conditional
6 Minute Grammar

A Zero conditional and first conditional

R Zero conditional and first conditional
Grammar reference

 

 

L Ordinal numbers
6 Minute Vocabulary 

R Writing ordinal numbers 

R Dates and ordinal numbers

L English at Work
Asking someone to do something

R Dealing with difficult people
Vocabulary relating to working together

L Jamaica Inn – Part 5
Zero conditional, first conditional, second conditional

Unit 6 – Jurassic mystery: unpacking the past

 

L Modals of deduction and speculation
6 Minute Grammar

R Modal verbs
Might, may, could, might not, may not, couldn’t, must, can’t

R Might, may, could, must and can’t
Grammar reference

L Prefixes de-, dys- and dis-
6 Minute Vocabulary

R The little prefixes
Dys-, dis- and de-

A Prefixes
Re-, pre-, pro-, in-, un-, mis-

R Three million-year-old technology
Vocabulary relating to an archaeological discovery

L Double contractions

L Jamaica Inn – Part 6
Modals of speculation and deduction in the present

Unit 7 – Career changes

 

L Past perfect
6 Minute Grammar

R Two events in the past
Past perfect

R Past perfect
Grammar reference

L Suffixes: -less and –free
6 Minute Vocabulary

R More suffixes
-ee, -able, -ible, -ness and job suffixes

L The ‘Awesome Apple’
Functional language to prepare someone for disappointment

R Finding a career that’s right for you
Vocabulary relating to work and careers

L Jamaica Inn – Part 7
Past perfect

Unit 8 – Art

 

L Adjectives and adverbs
6 Minute Grammar

R Adjectives and adverbs review

R Adjectives and adverbs
Grammar reference

L Easily confused words
6 Minute Vocabulary

L Easily confused words

R Who decides what 'art' is?

L An interview with an artist
Adjectives to describe style, colour, atmosphere and characters in a story

L Jamaica Inn – Part 8
Adjectives and adverbs

Unit 9 – Project management

 

L Third conditional
6 Minute Grammar

R Imagined past events
Third conditional

R Third conditional
Grammar reference

L Words with 'ough'
6 Minute Vocabulary

L A bad day at the office
Vocabulary relating to project management

R The principles of project management
Vocabulary relating to project management

L Jamaica Inn – Part 9
Third conditional

Unit 10 – The dog ate my homework!

 

L Linking devices: cause and effect
6 Minute Grammar

R Cause and effect: how to link them

R Linking devices of cause and effect
Grammar reference

L False friends
6 Minute Vocabulary

R Loanwords, cognates and false friends

L English at Work
Giving the background to a situation

R Terrible excuses
Vocabulary relating to making excuses

L Jamaica Inn – Part 10
Linking devices of cause and effect: due to, owing to, because, because of, consequently, as a result, result in, as a result of, thus, therefore

Unit 11 – The diary of a double agent

 

L Reported speech
6 Minute Grammar

R The grammar of reporting verbs

R Direct speech and reported speech

A Reported questions

L How to stop Dr XYZ
Reported speech in context

R Reported speech
Grammar reference

L Reporting verbs
6 Minute Vocabulary

A Reporting verbs
Say, tell, deny, admit, apologise, insist, suggest, advise, demand and offer.

R Can you spot a big lie?
Reading about people telling lies

L The Importance of Being Earnest – Part 1
Reported speech

Unit 12 – Fashion forward

 

L Active voice and passive voice
6 Minute Grammar

R Using and making the passive

R Active voice and passive voice
Grammar reference

L Irregular verbs
6 Minute Vocabulary

A Do you know the correct form?
Irregular verbs

R How high is too high?
Reading about fashion

L Where do your old clothes go?

L The Importance of Being Earnest – Part 2
Passive voice

Unit 13 – Flat pack skyscrapers

 

L Comparatives and superlatives
6 Minute Grammar

A These boots are made for comparing
Comparative adjective forms

R Comparative and superlative adjectives
Grammar reference

L Someone, nothing, anywhere
6 Minute Vocabulary

R Pronouns with some and any

R Mini Sky City
Reading about a record-breaking tower

L How to chat someone up
Functional language for flirting

L The Importance of Being Earnest – Part 3
Comparatives and superlatives

Unit 14 – Extreme sports

 

L Past perfect continuous
6 Minute Grammar

R Past perfect continuous and past simple

R Past perfect simple or past perfect continuous

R Past perfect continuous
Grammar reference

L Suffixes: -ment, -ance, -ence
6 Minute Vocabulary

A Do you know your suffixes?
-ence, -ance, -ment

R Root words and suffixes

L English at Work
Functional language to tell people it’s the end of the working day

R Love the fear
Vocabulary relating to extreme sports and thrill-seeking

L The Importance of Being Earnest – Part 4
Past perfect continuous

Unit 15 – Food fads

 

L Adverb position 1
6 Minute Grammar

R Adverbs and verbs
Adverb position

R Adverbs and auxiliary verbs

R Ands and buts
Conjunctions

R Adverb position 1
Grammar reference

L Discourse markers: showing your attitude towards something
6 Minute Vocabulary

R Discourse markers: like and you know

R Hungry for the new
Vocabulary relating to food fads

L Rob’s full English breakfast
Onomatopoeia

L The Importance of Being Earnest – Part 5
Adverbs

Unit 16 – Me, my selfie and I

 

L Definite article and abstract uncountable nouns
6 Minute Grammar

R Countable and uncountable nouns

R Abstract uncountable nouns

R The definite article with abstract uncountable nouns
Grammar reference

L Suffixes: -ness and –ity
6 Minute Vocabulary

R Same word, different meanings
Building vocabulary with suffixes

R The suffix –ish
A suffix with many meanings and uses

R Are you selfie obsessed?
Reading about photography, social media, celebrity and privacy

L Sounds great!
Functional language for responding using link verbs

L The Importance of Being Earnest – Part 6
The definite article with abstract uncountable nouns

Unit 17 – Endangered animals

 

L Talking about the future
6 Minute Grammar

R The future is now
Six ways to talk about the future

A Helga hits the road
Making sentences to talk about the future

R Ways of talking about the future
Grammar reference

L Antonyms
6 Minute Vocabulary

A The long and short of it
Identifying antonyms

A Who is who in the animal world?
A quiz

R Five of the world's most endangered animals
Vocabulary relating to animals, natural habitats and conservation

L How can a zoologist save the future?
Vocabulary relating to conservation and the impact of humans on the natural world

L The Importance of Being Earnest – Part 7
Talking about the future: about to, going to, will, intend to,

Unit 18 – A nip and a tuck: cosmetic surgery

 

L Defining and non-defining relative clauses
6 Minute Grammar

R Identifying relative clauses

R Relative pronouns
Who, that, which, whose, where, when

R Relative clauses
Grammar reference

L Acronyms
6 Minute Vocabulary

A Is that a word?
How to say acronyms: as a word or as letters

R Getting a new face
Vocabulary relating to cosmetic surgery

L At what price?
Discussing cosmetic surgery

L The Importance of Being Earnest – Part 8
Defining and non-defining relative clauses

Unit 19 – I'm really sorry…

 

L Adverb position 2
6 Minute Grammar

R Adverbs with adjectives

R Adverb position 2
Grammar reference

L Words with more than one spelling
6 Minute Vocabulary

A British or American
Check your spelling

R The migrant who wasn't
Reading about a fictional account of migration

L How to say sorry
Functional language

L The Importance of Being Earnest – Part 9
Adverbs 2

Unit 20 – Telling stories

 

L Narrative tenses
6 Minute Grammar

R It’s all in the past
Past verb forms for narratives

R A horse walks into a bar…
Using present verb forms to narrate past events

L Who do you believe?
Three narratives told by BBC Learning English

R Narrative tenses
Grammar reference

L Linking words
6 Minute Vocabulary

R Linking words to talk about the order that something happens

R Stating the obvious
Linking words and phrases for saying something we think is easily understood

L Brian’s incredible life
Words and phrases for expressing disbelief

L The Importance of Being Earnest – Part 10
Narrative tenses: past simple, past continuous, past perfect, present simple

Unit 21 – Fakes and phrasals

 

L The grammar of multi-word verbs
6 Minute Grammar

R What is a multi-word verb?

R Multi-word verbs / Phrasal verbs type 1, 2, 3 and 4
Grammar reference

L Commonly misspelled words
6 Minute Vocabulary

R Some simple spelling rules

R Same sound, different spelling
Homophones

R Getting forgery down to a fine art
Vocabulary relating to art forgery and crime

L Marcus the centurion goes on holiday
Using phrasal verbs to sound natural

L Gulliver's Travels – Part 1
Phrasal verbs

Unit 22 – Looking to the future

 

L Future continuous and be + infinitive
6 Minute Grammar

R This time next week
The future continuous

L Excuses, excuses
The future continuous in context

R Future continuous and be + infinitive with future sense
Grammar reference

L Discourse markers: interjections
6 Minute Vocabulary

R Yuck!
Discourse markers for expressing likes and dislikes

R Running against the Olympic clock
Reading about preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games

L Gulliver's Travels – Part 2
Future continuous

Unit 23 – Becoming familiar with things

 

L Used to, be used and get used to
6 Minute Grammar

R Used to
Talking about the past

R Our guide to life away from home
Be used to and get used to in context

R Used to and be/get used to
Grammar reference

L Synonyms
6 Minute Vocabulary

R Synonyms and collocations

R Are you an early bird or a night owl?
Be used to something and get used to something

L English at Work
Functional language for when you can’t understand something

L Gulliver's Travels – Part 3
Used to

Unit 24 – From rags to riches

 

L Review of conditionals
6 Minute Grammar

R What is a conditional sentence?

R Conditionals review
Grammar reference

L Suffixes: -tian, -sion, -tion
6 Minute Vocabulary

L The disappearing spy
Words with suffixes that end in 'shun' or 'jhun'

R The music icon that never was
A second chance at fame

L How to make polite requests
Functional language for being polite

L Gulliver's Travels – Part 4
Conditionals

Unit 25 – Against the odds

 

L Linking devices of contrast
6 Minute Grammar

R Brave or foolish?
Linking devices of contrast: even though, although, despite, in spite of, however, but

R Linking devices of contrast
Grammar reference

L Large numbers
6 Minute Vocabulary

R Thousands and millions

R The appeal of the underdog
Vocabulary for talking about succeeding against the odds

L How to disagree
Functional language

L Gulliver's Travels – Part 5
Linking devices of contrast

Unit 26 – Our future on Mars?

 

L The future perfect
6 Minute Grammar

R What will the future bring and when?
The future perfect form

R One-way ticket to Mars
The future perfect in context

L By this time next week…
The future perfect in context

R The future perfect
Grammar reference

L Adjectives from names
6 Minute Vocabulary

R Artistic eponymous adjectives
-esque adjectives

L Gulliver's Travels – Part 6
Future perfect

Unit 27 – Where is it illegal to get a fish drunk?

 

L -ing and -ed clauses (participle clauses)
6 Minute Grammar

R A business trip
Present participle clauses

R Public notices: Are you talking to me?
Participle clauses in context

R Participle (-ing and –ed) clauses
Grammar reference

L Eponyms as nouns and verbs
6 Minute Vocabulary

R New language of technology

L Did you know: Crazy laws?
Listening to some descriptions of some unusual laws

 

L Gulliver's Travels – Part 7

Participle clauses

Unit 28 – Dodgy dating

 

L So, such, enough, too
6 Minute Grammar

R Intensifiers
So, such, too, enough

R Intensifiers: so, such, enough, too
Grammar reference

L Irregular verbs
6 Minute Vocabulary

R Do you want to get a date?
Vocabulary relating to online dating, apps and relationships

L The Dodgy Dating Agency
Intensifiers in action

L Gulliver's Travels – Part 8
So, such, enough, too

Unit 29 – Annoying advice

 

L Verb patterns
6 Minute Grammar

R What comes after a verb?
Verb patterns, verb + infinitive, verb + gerund

L Babysitting advice
Verb + infinitive, verb + gerund, verb + (that) clause in context

R Verb patterns
Grammar reference

L Talk like Shakespeare
6 Minute Vocabulary

R Annoying advice for new parents
Vocabulary relating to advice about parenting

L Gulliver's Travels – Part 9
Verb patterns

Unit 30 – I'll have been studying English for thirty weeks

 

L Future perfect continuous
6 Minute Grammar

R Looking back from the future
The future perfect continuous

L 24-hour BBC Learning English-athon
Future perfect continuous in context

R Future perfect continuous
Grammar reference

L Academic English
6 Minute Vocabulary

R General v Academic English
Differences between general and academic English

R Giving a presentation
Top tips for presentations

R Going ape for charity!
Vocabulary relating to fund-raising and charity

L Gulliver's Travels – Part 10
Future perfect continuous

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