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K4 course (entry level B1)

Two-semester course for students at the B1 English proficiency level

Half of the course focuses on expanding the students’ knowledge of English grammar, the second half is aimed at expanding the students’ vocabulary, concentrating on both scientific and general English (collocations, differences between different varieties of English, etc.). Special emphasis is placed on scientific English and the ability to speak independently and participate in discussions. Students in the K4 course further develop the ability to distinguish between formal and informal writing styles, using, for example, advanced introductory phrases and linking expressions, and phrases that express consequence. The students are also able to present basic scientific discoveries and news, and their scientific work, as well as to understand texts on natural science topics form their chosen field of study. Students will learn how make the best use of the vocabulary they have already attained and how to extend it further. The grammar covered in this course coincides with the grammar included in textbooks of the same level that follow the CERR framework (www.examenglish.com/CEFR/cefr_grammar.htm).

What does it mean to reach the B2 proficiency level do according to the CEFR framework?

The capacity to achieve most goals and express oneself on a range of topics.


Can show visitors around and give a detailed description of a place.

Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation.

Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.

Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.


Materials used:

This is a rough guide on what materials to expect, students will receive more detailed information after discussing their individual needs with the teacher during their first lesson.

LIFE upper-intermediate (2012), H. Stephenson, P. Hughes, P. Dummett; National Geographic and Heinle Cengage Learning

New Headway Academic Skills- level 2, S. Philpot, L. Curnick, E. Pathare, G. Pathare & R. Harrison; Oxford

Academic Vocabulary in use (2012), M. McCarthy, F. O´Dell; Cambridge University Press

New English File -Upper Intermediate, Oxford University Press

Aiming to Advance (2010), Z. Strnadová; Leda

Grammar In Use - Intermediate (2009), R. Murphy; Cambridge University Press

TOEFL/IELTS/FCE test preparation materials

authentic materials (popularising articles)

other materials

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