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Business Syllabus

LEVEL ONE: Absolute Beginner to Elementary level.

After 60 hours of tuition, students will have had sufficient


language and vocabulary input and practice to enable them to
communicate effectively in the following functional areas:

Meeting and greeting


Checking spelling
Asking for information about places, people, jobs, services
Talking about jobs
Asking for, giving and checking telephone numbers
Telling the time
Exchanging personal information
Talking about prices
Describing people and appearances
Simple telephoning: leaving a message, asking for information
Apologising
Asking for clarification
Giving directions
Ordering a meal
Booking a hotel room
Shopping
Making future arrangements

Pronunciation work is an integral part of the course.


Students will be able to refer to events in the present, past and
future, and will have developed the following four skills:

Reading: understanding diaries, simple forms requiring personal information,


notices

Listening: understanding simple spoken questions in a familiar lexical field, and


simple descriptions

Speaking: introductions, giving simple personal information, simple


conversational strategies such as opening and closing a conversation, asking for
clarification

Writing: completing a simple form, a diary or a work-planner


Grammar covered at Absolute Beginner to Elementary level:

Verb to be
Present simple tense for states and habits
Auxiliary verbs do, does for present simple questions and negatives
Adverbs of frequency and manner

Present continuous tense for activities in progress


Can, could for ability
Comparative and superlative structures
Wh- questions
Possessive adjectives, pronouns and genitive s

Present continuous tense for future arrangements


Going to future
There is, there are
Some and any, countable and uncountable nouns
Prepositions of place, time

Past simple tense, regular and irregular verbs


Auxiliary verbs did, didn’t for past simple questions and negatives
Time expressions e.g. Three weeks ago
Singulars and plurals
Articles
Demonstrative pronouns this, that, these, those
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LEVEL TWO: Elementary

After 60 hours of tuition at this level, students will have revised


and developed the functional areas covered in level one:

Meeting and greeting


Checking spelling
Asking for information about places, people, jobs, services
Talking about jobs
Asking for, giving and checking telephone numbers
Telling the time
Exchanging personal information
Talking about prices
Describing people and appearances
Simple telephoning: leaving a message, asking for information
Apologising
Asking for clarification
Giving directions
Ordering a meal
Booking a hotel room
Shopping
Making future arrangements

They will also be able to communicate effectively in the


following areas:

Introductions, both formal and informal


Making suggestions
Requesting, both formally and informally
Asking for and giving opinions
Describing and comparing people, jobs and places
Inviting and accepting invitations
Arranging to meet

Pronunciation work is an integral part of the course.


Students will have built on the skills areas introduced in Level
One. In addition, they will have worked on the following specific
skills areas:

Reading: understanding simple memos, faxes, e-mails, instructions and notices

Listening: understanding simple social conversation, telephone messages,


spoken times and dates

Speaking: talking about oneself, and describing one’s job in simple terms, basic
telephone skills, spelling correctly over the phone

Writing: completing forms, taking down simple telephone messages, writing


faxes, notes and customer orders or simple writing requirements of their own
work situation

Grammar covered at Elementary level:

Revision of structures introduced in Level One


Present Perfect tense for experience
I like, I’d like, different verb patterns
Word order when using conjunctions so, because, then, etc.
Short responses yes I do, no I haven’t, etc.
Imperative structures for giving instructions
Present Continuous tense for fixed future arrangements

Recommended Examination:

Cambridge KET
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LEVEL THREE: Pre-Intermediate

After 60 hours of tuition at this level students will have had


sufficient language and vocabulary input and practice to enable
them to communicate confidently in the following functional
areas:

Making polite requests and offers


Issuing, accepting and refusing invitations
Making appropriate social responses, e.g. polite noises: what a pity, never mind..
Telephoning
Making decisions and plans
Applying for a job
Apologising
Predicting will, won’t, should, might, may..
Talking about obligation, rules, laws and regulations

They will also have gained confidence in the following skills


areas:

Reading: understanding simple letters of a work-related type, e-mails, faxes,


memos, instructions, publicity material, articles from newspapers and magazines.

Listening: understanding spoken instructions, and the global meaning of most


conversations. Students will have had exposure to a wide variety of international
and regional accents, and spoken media.

Speaking: introducing oneself and others in social and professional situations.


Students will be able to talk about their jobs, and simple procedures in familiar
topic areas.
They will be able to talk more confidently on the telephone, ask for things, make
offers and suggestions, and arrange appointments.

Writing: writing simple standard letters, e-mails, instructions, messages, memos,


faxes.

Pronunciation work is an integral part of the course.


Grammar covered at Pre-Intermediate Level:

Revision of basic structures covered in Levels One and Two


Past continuous tense
Present Perfect tense versus Past Simple tense
Present Perfect simple and continuous tenses
Since, for, ago

Verb patterns using gerund and infinitive I want to, I like –ing
Infinitive of purpose
Will future versus going to future
What’s it like? Descriptions

Modals of obligation must, have to, should


1st and 2nd conditionals
Time clauses as soon as, when
Used to for expressing past habits
Passive forms – Present Simple, Past Simple, Present Perfect tenses
Might for probability

Recommended Examinations:

Cambridge PET
Cambridge BEC Preliminary
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LEVEL FOUR: Mid-Intermediate

After 60 hours of tuition at this level students will have had


sufficient language and vocabulary input and practice to enable
them to communicate effectively in the following functional
areas:

Talking about procedures and processes (use of passive forms)


Stating opinions, agreeing and disagreeing
Speculating about probability
Explaining rules and expectations
Making polite requests, offers and suggestions
Making arrangements
Hypothesising: present, past, and future (use of conditionals)
Comparing, discussing alternatives
Telephoning
Talking about jobs, experience, ambitions
Sequencing narrative, linking ideas
Complaining
Apologising

Students will also have developed their skills in the following


areas:

Reading: understanding simple reports and articles including some detail.


Students will have been exposed to authentic material relevant to their work
situation.

Listening: understanding simple presentations and meetings on familiar


topics.
They will also be able to deal with spoken requests, and take down more detailed
telephone messages.
Speaking: giving a simple presentation on the outline of a project.
They will also be able to contribute at meetings, by presenting and imposing
conditions, stating opinions, agreeing and disagreeing.
They will have basic interview skills.
They will be able to use numbers, prices, sums of money, decimals, percentages
correctly.
They will be able to give clear instructions.
In a social context, they will be able to entertain clients, welcome visitors etc.

Writing: writing short reports, simple standard letters, e-mails, memos, faxes,
instructions and messages.
Students will also be able to make simple notes from a meeting or
presentation.
They will also be able to write a CV and covering letter for a job application in
English.

Pronunciation work is an integral part of the course .

Grammar covered at Mid-Intermediate Level:

Revision of structures covered in previous levels


Present Perfect Simple versus Present Perfect Continuous tenses
Passives: present, past and future
Stative verbs
Narrative tenses: Past simple, Past Perfect, Past Continuous

Modal verbs for obligation, permission, requests and offers, probability


Future forms: going to, will, present continuous
Like as a verb, other uses
Verb patterns : gerunds and infinitives
Relative clauses

Zero, first, second and third conditionals


Time clauses: when, as soon as
Reported speech
Indirect questions
Question tags
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LEVEL FIVE: Upper-intermediate

After 60 hours of teaching at this level, students will have had


sufficient language and vocabulary input and practice to enable
them to communicate effectively in the following functional
areas:

Discussion techniques: exchanging and developing opinions, turn-taking,


agreeing and disagreeing, asking for clarification, summarising, interrupting

Explaining how things work: procedure, function, organisation and structure of


the company

Narrating events
Discussing articles and reports
Talking about personal history
Negotiating

They will also have developed their skills in the following areas:

Reading: They will be able to understand complex reports, publicity material,


and articles.

Listening: They will have no difficulty in following meetings in a lexical area


related to their field of work, and understanding presentations and
demonstrations of a factual nature.

Speaking: They will be capable of negotiating simply, e.g. prices, delivery dates,
and of dealing with client problems.
They will be able to telephone freely, and give presentations or demonstrations
relevant to their area of work.
Social English will no longer be restricted to standard polite formulae.

Writing: They will be able to produce letters of many familiar types : enquiry,
complaint, request and application.
They will be able to produce organigrams, and explain company structure.
They will be able to write more detailed reports.

Pronunciation work is an integral part of the course.


Grammar covered at Upper-Intermediate Level :

Revision of structures covered in previous levels


Gerunds and infinitives: change of meaning of verbs that can be followed by
either form
Past habit: would, used to do versus used to doing

Past modals of deduction, ability, certainty and obligation


Hypothesis: Present, Past, Future (wishes and regrets, third conditional)
Prepositional phrases
Complex sentence structure, use of conjunctions

Indirect questions
Future Perfect and Continuous tenses
Review of all future forms

Mixed conditionals
Relative clauses
Conjunctions expressing purpose, result, contrast

Recommended Examinations:

Cambridge First Certificate (FCE)


Cambridge BEC Vantage
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LEVEL SIX: Advanced

After completing a course at advanced level, students will have


worked on any areas specifically requested to suit their
individual needs, and will be able to communicate effectively in
the following functional areas:

Making presentations
Negotiating
Chairing and participating in meetings
Giving advice
Making excuses
Making suggestions
Delegating

At this level the emphasis is on perfecting language,


pronunciation and fluency.
Students will be proficient in the following skills areas:

Reading: They will be able to understand any written material without difficulty,
with reference to a dictionary for unfamiliar vocabulary. They will also be able to
interpret the nuances of register.

Listening: They will be able to follow complex arguments at meetings, and will
be able to understand many different accents of English spoken by both native
and non-native speakers.

Speaking: They will have strong negotiation strategies, both face to face and
on the telephone. They will be able to argue a case effectively, justify
demands, and specify needs clearly. They will be able to give presentations
with effective aids, language and gesture. They will be able to collaborate
effectively in problem-solving. They will be able to discuss current business
topics and concerns.

Writing: They will be able to take dictation on a wide variety of subjects, write
detailed reports, take down minutes from a meeting, make notes from
presentations, and summarise.
Grammar covered at Advanced Level:

Use of conjunctions relating facts despite, since, however


Intensifying adverbs
Revision of all conditional forms
Relative clauses
Reduced relative clauses
Inversion for emphasis
Phrasal verbs
Dependent prepositions
Revision of false pasts
Present Subjunctive

Recommended examinations:

Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)


Cambridge BEC Higher