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CEFR Guide

Level 4

Touchstone 4
Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

Contents
Part 1

The Level of Touchstone 4 2

Part 2

Selection of Scales from the CEFR

Part 3
How the Goals of the CEFR Are Realized
in Touchstone 4 4
Part 4

How Each Unit of Touchstone 4 Relates to the CEFR

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Part 1

The Level of Touchstone 4

Touchstone 4 covers level B1 of the CEFR. This table describes the general degree of skill
achieved by learners at the B1 level.
Skill

The learner will be able to:

Speaking

connect phrases in a simple way in order to describe experiences, events, dreams, hopes, and
ambitions.
briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
narrate a story or relate the plot of a book or film and describe his/her reactions.
deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling in an area where the language is
spoken.
enter into conversation on topics that are familiar, of personal interest, or pertinent to
everyday life (e.g., family, hobbies, work, travel, and current events).

Writing

write simple, connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
write personal letters describing experiences and impressions.

Listening

understand the main points of clear, standard speech on familiar matters regularly
encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
understand the main point of many radio or TV programs on current affairs or topics of
personal or professional interest, when the delivery is relatively slow and clear.

Reading

understand texts that consist mainly of high-frequency, everyday, or job-related language.


understand descriptions of events, feelings, and wishes in personal letters.

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Part 2

Selection of Scales from the CEFR

Touchstone 4 aims to enable learners to achieve goals from the following


scales of the CEFR:
Speaking
Describing experience
Making a case
Addressing audiences
Conversation
Informal discussion
Goal-oriented cooperation
Information exchange
Interviewing and being interviewed
Monitoring and repair
Taking the floor (turn-taking)
Cooperating
Writing
Overall written production
Creative writing
Writing reports and essays
Overall written interaction
Correspondence
Notes, messages, and forms
Listening
Overall listening comprehension
Understanding conversation between native speakers
Listening to audio media and recordings
Reading
Overall reading comprehension
Reading for information and argument
Identifying cues and inferring

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Level 4

How the Goals of the CEFR Are Realized in Touchstone 4

Speaking
The learner will be able to

Unit 1

Unit 2

reasonably fluently relate a


straightforward narrative or description
as a linear sequence of points. (Describing
experience B1)

1C

2B

Unit 3 Unit 4

Unit 5

Unit 6

give detailed accounts of experiences,


describing feelings and reactions.
(Describing experience B1)
relate details of unpredictable occurrences,
e.g., an accident. (Describing experience
B1)

Unit 7

Unit 8

Unit 9

8B

9A
9B
9C

Unit 10 Unit 11 Unit 12

10A

1C

describe dreams, hopes, and ambitions.


(Describing experience B1)

12B

describe events, real or imagined.


(Describing experience B1)

10A

narrate a story. (Describing experience B1)

6A
6D

develop an argument well enough to be


followed without difficulty most of the
time. (Putting a case B1)
briefly give reasons and explanations for
opinions, plans, and actions. (Putting a case
B1)

12B

5C
5D
2A

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Level 4

Speaking continued...
The learner will be able to

Unit 1

Unit 2

give a prepared, straightforward


presentation on a familiar topic within
his/her field, which is clear enough to
be followed without difficulty most of
the time, and in which the main points
are explained with reasonable precision.
(Addressing audiences B1)
enter unprepared into conversations on
familiar topics. (Conversation B1)

Unit 3 Unit 4

Unit 7

Unit 8

Unit 9

Unit 10 Unit 11 Unit 12

1A
1B
1D

2C
2D

3A
3B
3C

11C

4A
4B
4C

5A
5B
5C
5D

6B
6D

4C

2B

6C

give brief comments on the views of


others. (Informal discussion B1)
give or seek personal views and opinions
in discussing topics of interest. (Informal
discussion B1)

Unit 6

3D

maintain a conversation or discussion, but


may sometimes be difficult to follow when
trying to say exactly what he/she would
like to. (Conversation B1)
express and respond to feelings such as
surprise, happiness, sadness, interest, and
indifference. (Conversation B1)

Unit 5

5C
5D
2A
2B
2D

3B
3C

make his/her opinions and reactions


understood regarding solutions to
problems or practical questions of where
to go, what to do, or how to organize an
event (e.g., an outing). (Informal discussion
B1)

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7A

7C

8C

7C

8B

10B
10D

11A
11B
11C
11D

12B
12D

11C

12C

6B

5A
5B
5C
5D
4A

9A
9B
9C
9D

8A
8B
8C
7B
7C
7D

10B

10C

12A

11C

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Level 4

Speaking continued...
The learner will be able to
express belief, opinion, agreement and
disagreement politely. (Informal discussion
B1)

Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3 Unit 4

Unit 5

Unit 6

2A
2B
2D

3B
3C

5A
5B

6C

generally follow what is said and, when


necessary, repeat back part of what
someone has said to confirm mutual
understanding. (Cooperation B1)

4C

make his/her opinions and reactions


understood regarding possible solutions
or the question of what to do next,
giving brief reasons and explanations.
(Cooperation B1)

4A

invite others to give their views on how to


proceed. (Cooperation B1)
exchange, check, and confirm accumulated
factual information on familiar, routine,
and nonroutine matters within his/her
field with some confidence. (Information
exchange B1)

Unit 7

Unit 8

Unit 9

Unit 10 Unit 11 Unit 12

8A
8B
8C

7B
7C
7D

12A

10C

11C

10C
2C

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Speaking continued...
The learner will be able to

Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3 Unit 4

find out and convey straightforward,


factual information. (Information exchange
B1)

Unit 5

Unit 6

4D

Unit 7

Unit 8

Unit 9

Unit 10 Unit 11 Unit 12

7A
7B

carry out a prepared interview, checking


and confirming information, though he/she
may occasionally have to ask for repetition
if the other persons response is rapid or
extended. (Interviews B1)
use a prepared questionnaire to carry
out a structured interview, with some
spontaneous follow-up questions.
(Interviews B1)

12D

1A
1B
1D

2D

3A

4A

6D

7A

10C

ask for confirmation that a form used is


correct. (Monitoring B1)

10C

initiate, maintain, and close simple, faceto-face conversations on topics that are
familiar or of personal interest. (Turntaking B1)
repeat back part of what someone has said
to confirm mutual understanding and help
keep the development of ideas on course,
and to invite others into the discussion.
(Cooperating B1)

4C

2C

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11C

12C

4C

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Writing
The learner will be able to

Unit 1

write straightforward, connected texts


on a range of familiar subjects within his/
her field of interest, by linking a series
of shorter, discrete elements into a linear
sequence. (Overall production B1)

1D

Unit 2

Unit 3

Unit 4

3D

4D

Unit 5

Unit 6

Unit 7

6D

7D

Unit 8

Unit 9

Unit 10 Unit 11 Unit 12

9D

10D

11D

write accounts of experiences, describing


1D
feelings and reactions in simple, connected
text. (Creative writing B1)
narrate a story. (Creative writing B1)

6D

write short, simple essays on topics of


interest. (Reports and essays B1)

3D

4D

11D
7D

write very brief reports in a conventional,


standardized format, which convey routine
factual information and state reasons for
actions. (Reports and essays B1)

9D

5D

convey information and ideas on


abstract as well as concrete topics, check
information, and ask about or explain
problems with reasonable precision.
(Overall interaction B1)
write personal letters and notes asking
for or conveying simple information of
immediate relevance, getting across the
points he/she feels are important. (Overall
interaction B1)

10D

2D

write personal letters describing


experiences, feelings, and events in some
detail. (Correspondence B1)
write notes conveying simple information
of immediate relevance to friends, service
people, teachers, and others who feature
in his/her everyday life, getting across
comprehensibly the points he/she feels are
important. (Notes, messages, and forms
B1)
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12D

8D

12D

5D

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Listening
The learner will be able to

Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3

Unit 4

Unit 5

Unit 6

Unit 7

Unit 8

Unit 9

Unit 10 Unit 11 Unit 12

understand the main points of


clear, standard speech on familiar
matters regularly encountered
in work, school, leisure, etc.,
including short narratives. (Overall
comprehension B1)

1B
1C
1D

2A
2C
2D

3A
3C
3D

4A
4B
4D

5A
5B
5C

6A
6B

7A
7C

8A
8C
8D

9A
9D

10C
10D

11A
11C
11D

12A
12C
12D

4A
4B

5C

7A

8C
8D

10C

11C

12A
12C
12D

4D

5A
5B

7A
7C

8A

10D

11A
11D

generally follow the main points


of extended discussion around
him/her, provided speech is clearly
articulated in standard dialect.
(Understanding conversation B1)

2C

1B
understand the main points of
1C
radio news bulletins and simpler
1D
recorded material about familiar
subjects, delivered relatively slowly
and clearly. (Audio media and
recordings B1)

2A
2D

3A
3C
3D

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6B

9A
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Reading
The learner will be able to:

Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3

Unit 4

Unit 5

Unit 6

Unit 7

Unit 8

Unit 9

Unit 10 Unit 11 Unit 12

read straightforward, factual texts


on subjects related to his/her field
and interests with a satisfactory
level of comprehension. (Overall
comprehension B1)

1A
1D

2D

3D

4D

5D

6D

7D

8D

9A
9D

10A
10D

7D

8D

identify the main conclusions in


clearly signaled argumentative
texts. (Information and argument
B1)

4D

1A
recognize significant points in
straightforward newspaper articles 1D
on familiar subjects. (Information
and argument B1)

2D

identify unfamiliar words from the 1D


context on topics related to his/her
field and interests. (Inferring B1)

2D

3D

4D

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6D

5D

6D

7D

11D

12D

12D

9A
9D

10A
10D

9D

10D

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Part 4

How Each Unit of Touchstone 4 Relates to the CEFR

Unit 1
Skills Area

Goal

Lesson

Speaking

Reasonably fluently relate a straightforward narrative or description as a


linear sequence of points (Describing experience B1)

Relate details of unpredictable occurrences, e.g., an accident (Describing


experience B1)

Enter unprepared into conversations on familiar topics (Conversation B1)

A, B, D

Use a prepared questionnaire to carry out a structured interview, with


some spontaneous follow up questions (Interviews B1)

A, B, D

Write straightforward, connected texts on a range of familiar subjects


within his/her field of interest, by linking a series of shorter, discrete
elements into a linear sequence (Overall production B1)

Writing

Write accounts of experiences, describing feelings and reactions in simple, D


connected text (Creative writing B1)
Listening

Reading

Understand the main points of clear, standard speech on familiar matters


regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc., including short
narratives (Overall comprehension B1)

B, C, D

Understand the main points of radio news bulletins and simple recorded
material about familiar subjects, delivered relatively slowly and clearly
(Audio media and recordings B1)

B, C, D

Read straightforward, factual texts on subjects related to his/her


field and interests with a satisfactory level of comprehension (Overall
comprehension B1)

A, D

Recognize significant points in straightforward newspaper articles on


familiar subjects (Information and argument B1)

A, D

Identify unfamiliar words from the context on topics related to his/her


field and interests (Inferring B1)

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Unit 2
Skills area

Goal

Lesson

Speaking

Reasonably fluently relate a straightforward narrative or description as a


linear sequence of points (Describing experience B1)

Briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions, plans, and actions
(Putting a case B1)

Enter unprepared into conversations on familiar topics (Conversation B1)

C, D

Express and respond to feelings such as surprise, happiness, sadness,


interest, and indifference (Conversation B1)

Give or seek personal views and opinions in discussing topics of interest


(Informal discussion B1)

A, B, D

Express belief, opinion, agreement, and disagreement politely (Informal


discussion B1)

A, B, D

Exchange, check, and confirm accumulated factual information on


familiar, routine, and nonroutine matters within his/her field with some
confidence (Information exchange B1)

Use a prepared questionnaire to carry out a structured interview, with


some spontaneous follow-up questions (Interviews B1)

Repeat back part of what someone has said to confirm mutual


understanding and help keep the development of ideas on course, and to
invite others into the discussion (Cooperating B1)

Writing

Write personal letters and notes asking for or conveying simple


information of immediate relevance, getting across the points he/she
feels are important (Overall interaction B1)

Listening

Understand the main points of clear, standard speech on familiar matters


regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc., including short
narratives (Overall comprehension B1)

A, C, D

Generally follow the main points of extended discussion around him/her,


provided speech is clearly articulated in standard dialect (Understanding
conversation B1)

Understand the main points of radio news bulletins and simple recorded
material about familiar subjects, delivered relatively slowly and clearly
(Audio media and recordings B1)

A, D

Read straightforward, factual texts on subjects related to his/her


field and interests with a satisfactory level of comprehension (Overall
comprehension B1)

Recognize significant points in straightforward newspaper articles on


familiar subjects (Information and argument B1)

Identify unfamiliar words from the context on topics related to his/her


field and interests (Inferring B1)

Reading

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Unit 3
Skills Area

Goal

Lesson

Speaking

Give a prepared, straightforward presentation on a familiar topic within


his/her field, which is clear enough to be followed without difficulty most
of the time, and in which the main points are explained with reasonable
precision (Addressing audiences B1)

Enter unprepared into conversations on familiar topics (Conversation B1)

A, B, C

Give or seek personal views and opinions in discussing topics of interest


(Informal discussion B1)

B, C

Express belief, opinion, agreement, and disagreement politely (Informal


discussion B1)

B, C

Use a prepared questionnaire to carry out a structured interview, with


some spontaneous follow-up questions (Interviews B1)

Write straightforward, connected texts on a range of familiar subjects


within his/her field of interest, by linking a series of shorter, discrete
elements into a linear sequence (Overall production B1)

Write short, simple essays on topics of interest (Reports and essays B1)

Understand the main points of clear, standard speech on familiar matters


regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc., including short
narratives (Overall comprehension B1)

A, C, D

Understand the main points of radio news bulletins and simple recorded
material about familiar subjects, delivered relatively slowly and clearly
(Audio media and recordings B1)

A, C, D

Read straightforward, factual texts on subjects related to his/her


field and interests with a satisfactory level of comprehension (Overall
comprehension B1)

Recognize significant points in straightforward newspaper articles on


familiar subjects (Information and argument B1)

Writing

Listening

Reading

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Unit 4
Skills Area

Goal

Lesson

Speaking

Enter unprepared into conversations on familiar topics (Conversation B1)

A, B, C

Maintain a conversation or discussion, but may sometimes be difficult to


C
follow when trying to say exactly what he/she would like to (Conversation
B1)

Writing

Listening

Reading

Make his/her opinions and reactions understood regarding solutions to


problems or practical questions of where to go, what to do, or how to
organize an event (e.g., an outing) (Informal discussion B1)

Generally follow what is said and, when necessary, repeat back part of
what someone has said to confirm mutual understanding (Cooperation
B1)

Make his/her opinions and reactions understood regarding possible


solutions to the question of what to do next, giving brief reasons and
explanations (Cooperation B1)

Exchange, check, and confirm accumulated factual information on


familiar, routine, and nonroutine matters within his/her field with some
confidence (Information exchange B1)

Find out and convey straightforward, factual information (Information


exchange B1)

Use a prepared questionnaire to carry out a structured interview, with


some spontaneous follow-up questions (Interviews B1)

Initiate, maintain, and close simple, face-to-face conversations on topics


that are familiar or of personal interest (Turn-taking B1)

Repeat back part of what someone has said to confirm mutual


understanding and help keep the development of ideas on course, and to
invite others into the discussion (Cooperating B1)

Write straightforward, connected texts on a range of familiar subjects


within his/her field of interest, by linking a series of shorter, discrete
elements into a linear sequence (Overall production B1)

Write short, simple essays on topics of interest (Reports and essays B1)

Understand the main points of clear, standard speech on familiar matters


regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc., including short
narratives (Overall comprehension B1)

A, B, D

Generally follow the main points of extended discussion around him/her,


provided speech is clearly articulated in standard dialect (Understanding
conversation B1)

A, B

Understand the main points of radio news bulletins and simple recorded
material about familiar subjects, delivered relatively slowly and clearly
(Audio media and recordings B1)

Read straightforward, factual texts on subjects related to his/her


field and interests with a satisfactory level of comprehension (Overall
comprehension B1)

Identify the main conclusions in clearly signaled argumentative texts


(Information and argument B1)

Identify unfamiliar words from the context on topics related to his/her


field and interests (Inferring B1)

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Unit 5
Skills Area

Goal

Lesson

Speaking

Develop an argument well enough to be followed without difficulty most


of the time (Putting a case B1)

C, D

Enter unprepared into conversations on familiar topics (Conversation B1)

A, B, C, D

Give brief comments on the views of others (Informal discussion B1)

C, D

Give or seek personal views and opinions in discussing topics of interest


(Informal discussion B1)

A, B, C, D

Express belief, opinion, agreement, and disagreement politely (Informal


discussion B1)

A, B

Writing

Convey information and ideas on abstract as well as concrete topics, check D


information, and ask about or explain problems with reasonable precision
(Overall interaction B1)
Write personal letters describing experiences, feelings, and events in some D
detail (Correspondence B1)

Listening

Reading

Understand the main points of clear, standard speech on familiar matters


regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc., including short
narratives (Overall comprehension B1)

A, B, C

Generally follow the main points of extended discussion around him/her,


provided speech is clearly articulated in standard dialect (Understanding
conversation B1)

Understand the main points of radio news bulletins and simple recorded
material about familiar subjects, delivered relatively slowly and clearly
(Audio media and recordings B1)

A, B

Read straightforward, factual texts on subjects related to his/her


field and interests with a satisfactory level of comprehension (Overall
comprehension B1)

Recognize significant points in straightforward newspaper articles on


familiar subjects (Information and argument B1)

Identify unfamiliar words from the context on topics related to his/her


field and interests (Inferring B1)

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Unit 6
Skills Area

Goal

Lesson

Speaking

Narrate a story (Describing experience B1)

A, D

Enter unprepared into conversations on familiar topics (Conversation B1)

B, D

Express and respond to feelings such as surprise, happiness, sadness,


interest, and indifference (Conversation B1)

Give brief comments on the views of others (Informal discussion B1)

Express belief, opinion, agreement, and disagreement politely (Informal


discussion B1)

Use a prepared questionnaire to carry out a structured interview, with


some spontaneous follow-up questions (Interviews B1)

Write straightforward, connected texts on a range of familiar subjects


within his/her field of interest, by linking a series of shorter, discrete
elements into a linear sequence (Overall production B1)

Narrate a story (Creative writing B1)

Understand the main points of clear, standard speech on familiar matters


regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc., including short
narratives (Overall comprehension B1)

A, B

Understand the main points of radio news bulletins and simple recorded
material about familiar subjects, delivered relatively slowly and clearly
(Audio media and recordings B1)

A, B

Read straightforward, factual texts on subjects related to his/her


field and interests with a satisfactory level of comprehension (Overall
comprehension B1)

Recognize significant points in straightforward newspaper articles on


familiar subjects (Information and argument B1)

Identify unfamiliar words from the context on topics related to his/her


field and interests (Inferring B1)

Writing

Listening

Reading

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Unit 7
Skills Area
Speaking

Goal

Lesson

Enter unprepared into conversations on familiar topics (Conversation B1)

Maintain a conversation or discussion, but may sometimes be difficult to


C
follow when trying to say exactly what he/she would like to (Conversation
B1)

Writing

Listening

Reading

Express and respond to feelings such as surprise, happiness, sadness,


interest, and indifference (Conversation B1)

Make his/her opinions and reactions understood regarding solutions to


problems or practical questions of where to go, what to do, or how to
organize an event (e.g., an outing) (Informal discussion B1)

B, C, D

Make his/her opinions and reactions understood regarding possible


solutions or the question of what to do next, giving brief reasons and
explanations (Cooperation B1)

B, C, D

Find out and convey straightforward, factual information (Information


exchange B1)

A, B

Use a prepared questionnaire to carry out a structured interview, with


some spontaneous follow-up questions (Interviews B1)

Write straightforward, connected texts on a range of familiar subjects


within his/her field of interest, by linking a series of shorter, discrete
elements into a linear sequence (Overall production B1)

Write very brief reports in a conventional, standardized format, which


convey routine factual information and state reasons for actions (Reports
and essays B1)

Understand the main points of clear, standard speech on familiar matters


regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc., including short
narratives (Overall comprehension B1)

A, C

Generally follow the main points of extended discussion around him/her,


provided speech is clearly articulated in standard dialect (Understanding
conversation B1)

Understand the main points of radio news bulletins and simple recorded
material about familiar subjects, delivered relatively slowly and clearly
(Audio media and recordings B1)

A, C

Read straightforward, factual texts on subjects related to his/her


field and interests with a satisfactory level of comprehension (Overall
comprehension B1)

Identify the main conclusions in clearly signaled argumentative texts


(Information and argument B1)

Identify unfamiliar words from the context on topics related to his/her


field and interests (Inferring B1)

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Unit 8
Skills Area

Goal

Lesson

Speaking

Reasonably fluently relate a straightforward narrative or description as a


linear sequence of points (Describing experience B1)

Maintain a conversation or discussion, but may sometimes be difficult to


C
follow when trying to say exactly what he/she would like to (Conversation
B1)

Writing

Listening

Reading

Express and respond to feelings such as surprise, happiness, sadness,


interest, and indifference (Conversation B1)

Give or seek personal views and opinions in discussing topics of interest


(Informal discussion B1)

A, B, C

Express belief, opinion, agreement, and disagreement politely (Informal


discussion B1)

A, B, C

Initiate, maintain, and close simple, face-to-face conversation on topics


that are familiar or of personal interest (Turn-taking B1)

Write personal letters and notes asking for or conveying simple


information of immediate relevance, getting across the points he/she
feels are important (Overall interaction B1)

Write notes conveying simple information of immediate relevance to


friends, service people, teachers, and others who feature in his/her
everyday life, getting across comprehensibly the points he/she feels are
important (Notes, messages and forms B1)

Understand the main points of clear, standard speech on familiar matters


regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc., including short
narratives (Overall comprehension B1)

A, C, D

Generally follow the main points of extended discussion around him/her,


provided speech is clearly articulated in standard dialect (Understanding
conversation B1)

C, D

Understand the main points of radio news bulletins and simple recorded
material about familiar subjects, delivered relatively slowly and clearly
(Audio media and recordings B1)

Read straightforward, factual texts on subjects related to his/her


field and interests with a satisfactory level of comprehension (Overall
comprehension B1)

Identify the main conclusions in clearly signaled argumentative texts


(Information and argument B1)

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Unit 9
Skills Area

Goal

Lesson

Speaking

Reasonably fluently relate a straightforward narrative or description as a


linear sequence of points (Describing experience B1)

A, B, C

Enter unprepared into conversations on familiar topics (Conversation B1)

A, B, C, D

Write straightforward, connected texts on a range of familiar subjects


within his/her field of interest, by linking a series of shorter, discrete
elements into a linear sequence (Overall production B1)

Write very brief reports in a conventional, standardized format which


convey routine factual information and state reasons for actions (Reports
and essays B1)

Understand the main points of clear, standard speech on familiar matters


regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc., including short
narratives (Overall comprehension B1)

A, D

Understand the main points of radio news bulletins and simple recorded
material about familiar subjects, delivered relatively slowly and clearly
(Audio media and recordings B1)

A, D

Read straightforward, factual texts on subjects related to his/her


field and interests with a satisfactory level of comprehension (Overall
comprehension B1)

A, D

Recognize significant points in straightforward newspaper articles on


familiar subjects (Information and argument B1)

A, D

Identify unfamiliar words from the context on topics related to his/her


field and interests (Inferring B1)

Writing

Listening

Reading

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CEFR Guide
Level 4

Unit 10
Skills Area

Goal

Lesson

Speaking

Give detailed accounts of experiences, describing feelings and reactions


(Describing experience B1)

Describe events, real or imagined (Describing experience B1)

Enter unprepared into conversations on familiar topics (Conversation B1)

B, D

Give or seek personal views and opinions in discussing topics of interest


(Informal discussion B1)

Make his/her opinions and reactions understood regarding solutions to


problems or practical questions of where to go, what to do, or how to
organize an event (e.g., an outing) (Informal discussion B1)

Make his/her opinions and reactions understood regarding possible


solutions to the question of what to do next, giving brief reasons and
explanations (Cooperation B1)

Invite others to give their views on how to proceed (Cooperation B1)

Exchange, check, and confirm accumulated factual information on


familiar, routine, and nonroutine matters within his/her field with some
confidence (Information exchange B1)

Use a prepared questionnaire to carry out a structured interview, with


some spontaneous follow-up questions (Interviews B1)

Ask for confirmation that a form used is correct (Monitoring B1)

Write straightforward, connected texts on a range of familiar subjects


within his/her field of interest, by linking a series of shorter, discrete
elements into a linear sequence (Overall production B1)

Narrate a story (Creative writing B1)

Understand the main points of clear, standard speech on familiar matters


regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc., including short
narratives (Overall comprehension B1)

C, D

Generally follow the main points of extended discussion around him/her,


provided speech is clearly articulated in standard dialect (Understanding
conversation B1)

Understand the main points of radio news bulletins and simpler recorded
material about familiar subjects, delivered relatively slowly and clearly
(Audio media and recordings B1)

Read straightforward, factual texts on subjects related to his/her


field and interests with a satisfactory level of comprehension (Overall
comprehension B1)

A, D

Recognize significant points in straightforward newspaper articles on


familiar subjects (Information and argument B1)

A, D

Identify unfamiliar words from the context on topics related to his/her


field and interests (Inferring B1)

Writing

Listening

Reading

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CEFR Guide
Level 4

Unit 11
Skills Area

Goal

Lesson

Speaking

Briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions, plans, and actions
(Putting a case B1)

Give a prepared, straightforward presentation on a familiar topic within


his/her field, which is clear enough to be followed without difficulty most
of the time, and in which the main points are explained with reasonable
precision (Addressing audiences B1)

Enter unprepared into conversations on familiar topics (Conversation B1)

A, B, C, D

Maintain a conversation or discussion, but may sometimes be difficult to


C
follow when trying to say exactly what he/she would like to (Conversation
B1)

Writing

Listening

Reading

Make his/her opinions and reactions understood regarding solutions to


problems or practical questions of where to go, what to do, or how to
organize an event (e.g., an outing) (Informal discussion B1)

Make his/her opinions and reactions understood regarding possible


solutions or the question of what to do next, giving brief reasons and
explanations (Cooperation B1)

Initiate, maintain, and close simple, face-to-face conversation on topics


that are familiar or of personal interest (Turn-taking B1)

Write straightforward, connected texts on a range of familiar subjects


within his/her field of interest, by linking a series of shorter, discrete
elements into a linear sequence (Overall production B1)

Write short, simple essays on topics of interest (Reports and essays B1)

Understand the main points of clear, standard speech on familiar matters


regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc., including short
narratives (Overall comprehension B1)

A, C, D

Generally follow the main points of extended discussion around him/her,


provided speech is clearly articulated in standard dialect (Understanding
conversation B1)

Understand the main points of radio news bulletins and simple recorded
material about familiar subjects delivered relatively slowly and clearly
(Audio media and recordings B1)

A, D

Read straightforward, factual texts on subjects related to his/her


field and interests with a satisfactory level of comprehension (Overall
comprehension B1)

Recognize significant points in straightforward newspaper articles on


familiar subjects (Information and argument B1)

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CEFR Guide
Level 4

Unit 12
Skills Area
Speaking

Goal

Lesson

Describe dreams, hopes, and ambitions (Describing experience B1)

Describe events, real or imagined (Describing experience B1)

Enter unprepared into conversations on familiar topics (Conversation B1)

B, D

Maintain a conversation or discussion, but may sometimes be difficult to


C
follow when trying to say exactly what he/she would like to (Conversation
B1)
Give or seek personal views and opinions in discussing topics of interest
(Informal discussion B1)

Express belief, opinion, agreement, and disagreement politely (Informal


discussion B1)

Generally follow what is said and, when necessary, repeat back part of
what someone has said to confirm mutual understanding (Cooperation
B1)

Writing

Listening

Reading

Carry out a prepared interview, checking and confirming information,


though he/she may occasionally have to ask for repetition if the other
persons response is rapid or extended (Interviews B1)

Initiate, maintain, and close simple, face-to-face conversation on topics


that are familiar or of personal interest (Turn-taking B1)

Write personal letters and notes asking for or conveying simple


information of immediate relevance, getting across the points he/she
feels are important (Overall interaction B1)

Write notes conveying simple information of immediate relevance to


friends, service people, teachers, and others who feature in his/her
everyday life, getting across comprehensibly the points he/she feels are
important (Notes, messages and forms B1)

Understand the main points of clear, standard speech on familiar matters


regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc., including short
narratives (Overall comprehension B1)

A, C, D

Generally follow the main points of extended discussion around him/her,


provided speech is clearly articulated in standard dialect (Understanding
conversation B1)

A, C, D

Read straightforward, factual texts on subjects related to his/her


field and interests with a satisfactory level of comprehension (Overall
comprehension B1)

Identify the main conclusions in clearly signaled argumentative texts


(Information and argument B1)

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