Aims and components
The English Course is an integrated lower intermediate English language course for students from false beginner to intermediate levels. Discussion Book 1 is a lower intermediate level course intended for college, university and senior high school students. The course is designed to promote critical thinking and extensive discussion about a variety of interesting and important issues. Each unit includes two sets of discussion questions, a conversation audio clip, reading and vocabulary activities and an end of unit task. Each unit is designed to take three 90-minute classroom periods and the course therefore fits into a university year. The classroom work is reinforced with a writing exercise and an online study centre with additional exercises and tests. Though primarily designed as a discussion course, the amount of material and flexibility in the design of each unit allows the book to also be taught with the focus as a listening and note-taking course, a four skills course, or as a task-based language course.