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Main Features at a Glance:
● Integrated package: textbook, 2 DVDs (or CDs) & self-study web site
● Designed for false beginner & lower intermediate learners
● Fits the 30-week academic year
● Plausible situations & practical communication focus
● Wide variety of accents
● 40 video clips (20 clips in Starter), slideshows & more on 2 DVDs
● DVD subtitles, individual character’s audio and video switchable on or off
● Additional audio material online
● 11 interactive activities per web site unit (7 activities for Starter)
● Full & free online support
● Student online activities fully trackable by the teacher
● Audio & video clips downloadable to mp3 players and mobile phones

Aims and Components
The English Course is an integrated lower intermediate English language course for students from false beginner to lower intermediate levels. Speaking Book 1 is principally intended for lower intermediate level young adult learners at college or university level. Speaking Starter is aimed at false beginners. The aim of the course is to balance the communicative-based approach to language learning with cutting-edge technology, for both classroom use and student self-access study. The units in the textbook cover a variety of basic and useful functions. Each unit in the course includes the following: video clips for listening comprehension, the demonstration of appropriate conversational settings and language use; many student speaking and listening opportunities; and online revision/practice exercises on the student self-access web site, plus additional audio material for students to use (Speaking Book 1 only).

Syllabus and Content for Speaking Book 1
Unit 1 − Introductions
● Formal introductions
● Informal introductions
● Self-introductions
● Introducing other people

Unit 2 − Starting conversations
● Conversational openings
● Making small talk

Unit 3 − Developing conversations
● Asking appropriate questions
● Asking relevant follow-up questions
● Rebounding questions
● Responding to questions

Unit 4 − Making invitations and suggestions
● Making a suggestion or invitation
● Responding to invitations or suggestions
● Negotiating details
● Altering plans

Review of Units 1 − 4
● A review of the language functions practised in Units 1 − 4
Unit 5 − Likes/dislikes, feelings
● Talking about likes and dislikes
● Stating preferences
● Expressing emotions and feelings

Unit 6 − Requests
● Asking for things
● Asking someone to do something
● Offering to do something
● Accepting or refusing requests

Unit 7 − Opinions
● Asking for and stating opinions
● Agreeing and disagreeing with opinions

Unit 8 − Advice
● Asking for and giving advice
● Responding to advice

Review of Units 5 − 8
● A review of the language functions practised in Units 5 − 8
● Transcripts
● Role cards
● Vocabulary lists
● Cast and characters
● Screen test answer keys
● Notes

Syllabus and Content for Speaking Starter
Unit 1 – Talking about yourself
● The language needed to talk about yourself
● Where you are from and what you do
● Where you work or study
Unit 2 – Talking about family
● The language needed to discuss information about family members
● Vocabulary for the names of family members
● How to give opinions about family members
Unit 3 – Talking about times and dates
● The language needed to talk about times and dates
● Vocabulary to explain times and dates
● Vocabulary to talk about days and dates of events
Unit 4 – Talking about daily life
● The language needed to discuss daily life
● Verbs for describing daily life activities
● Time-sequence words and phrases
Unit 5 – Talking about likes and dislikes
● The language needed to discuss likes and dislikes
● How to say how much you like or dislike something
● Important everyday words to describe things
Review 1
● Review of Units 1 – 5
● Review 1 – Game
Unit 6 – Describing people
● The language needed to describe people
● How to explain the way a person looks
● How to talk about a person’s personality and character
Unit 7 – Describing locations and giving directions
● The language needed to explain where things are
● How to describe locations
● How to ask for and give directions
Unit 8 – Talking about other countries
● The language needed to ask people about their countries
● The English names of countries and cities
● The English names of areas of the world
Unit 9 – Talking about the future
● The language needed to talk about events in the future
● How to talk about plans and hopes for the future
● How to talk about what you think will happen in the future
Unit 10 – Talking about the past
● To use the simple past tense
● To talk about an experience
● To tell a story from the past
Review 2
● Review of Units 6 – 12
● Review 2 – Game
● Part 1 – Exercise 4 – Student B pages
● Transcripts for Part 1 Exercise 3
● Transcripts for Part 2 Exercise 2 / 3 / 4
● Transcripts for Part 2 Exercise 5

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