Overview of Conversational Language Course Levels

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Introductory

The introductory level is designed for those who have had no previous exposure to the language. The focus is on phonetic practice and on creating basic sentences, and the class moves at a slower pace than Beginner 1. The communicative approach and authentic materials used in this program enable students to conduct simple, useful conversations and prepare for the Beginner 1 level. It is not necessary to take this level prior to taking Beginner 1.

Beginner 1
Where You Are Now

You have:

  • little or no previous experience with the language
  • some vocabulary but no ability to converse or form complete sentences
Course Objectives

Primarily using the present tense, by the end of this course you should be able to:

  • have basic conversations about yourself, your employment, your family, where you live
  • introduce yourself, greet others
  • ask and give basic information about yourself: telephone number, address, occupation, where you are from
  • describe family and friends
  • perform everyday interactions, such as order food and drink, ask directions, go shopping, fill out simple forms.
Beginner 2
Where You Are Now
You are:
  • able to have a basic conversation, presenting yourself and someone else, discussing interests and activities
  • able to ask and answer simple questions
  • able to produce and answer simple sentences
  • comfortable using basic regular verbs in the present tense
Course Objectives

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • describe daily routines and habits
  • describe people
  • have a simple conversation about familiar topics
  • understand and respond to simple instructions and directions
  • make simple future plans
  • express likes and dislikes
  • describe where you live
  • increase vocabulary needed in everyday situations, such as travel, food, shopping, transportation, family and business
Lower Intermediate
Where You Are Now

You are:

  • able to conduct a simple conversation on familiar topics
  • able to give directions
  • able to use the immediate future
  • able to give your opinion
  • not yet fluent
Course Objectives

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • communicate about routine matters
  • hold conversations about work, weather, family, travel, etc.
  • express preferences
  • express personal views and opinions
  • express feelings and emotions
  • describe events
  • describe past activities and personal experiences
  • distinguish between past, present and future
  • understand nuances of language, correct language levels to use in different situations
Intermediate
Where You Are Now

You can:

  • speak competently, but still need correction in pronunciation, grammar, and complex sentence structure
  • understand most things communicated in the language
Course Objectives

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • converse about everyday topics including political, social and cultural
  • sustain a detailed conversation
  • express yourself with fluidity
  • understand main points on familiar topics
  • describe experiences and events
  • express feelings on something you have experienced
  • give your opinion and justify it
  • give advice
  • handle most situations that might occur on a trip
Advanced
Where You Are Now

You:

  • are fluent in the language, but need to develop your use of complex sentence structures
  • understand the main points on familiar topics
  • can give your opinion and justify it
  • can describe experiences and events
Course Objectives

At the advanced level, content will vary according to the needs of the class.

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • express ideas and opinions in more complex ways
  • refine accuracy in complex sentence structures
  • express hypotheses
  • express ideas and opinions precisely, offer persuasive arguments
  • speak fluently, effectively and in a generally correct manner
  • engage in extended conversation
  • give clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects