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PTE

Starter

A1

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0-245

9-18




Elementary

A2

1

KET

3.0

246-500

19-29

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Pre-intermediate

B1

2

PET

4.0

500-650

30-52

3

Intermediate

B1/B1+


3

FCE

5.0

650-720

53-78

4

Upper Intermediate

B2/C1

4

CAE

6.0-7.0

720-910

79-95

5

Advanced

C1

5

CPR

7.0/8.5

911-990

96-120

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Speakout Upper Intermediate

Lead in: Parts of Speech | Verb patterns | Pronunciation | Collocations


Unit 1

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CEF

Learning and Exam skills

Beginnings

Language

Direct and indirect questions, Present Perfect and Past Simple + time phrases, making polite phone enquiries.




B2




Vocabulary

Personality, Feelings: -ed/-ing adj. modifiers with gradable and ungradable adj. Nouns from Adjectives, Phrases from adverts, A personal story.




B2




Reading

I can understand 3 postings on a flat share website.

I can read and analyse an informal email.

I can read a review of a radio programme on experiences.

I can read 5 adverts for different services.

I can read a summary of a recording.


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B2

Match meanings and phrases.

Look for style features.

Evaluate. WHQs. Match meaning/word

Match meanings to phrases.

Spot differences.


Listening

I can follow a programme about speed flatmating.

I can understand direct, indirect questions.

I can understand people talking about their experiences.

I can identify tense used in fast speech.

I can follow a phone conversation.

I can follow someone talk about first day at work.


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WHQs, Match reactions, T/F, Discuss.

Listen for stress and intonation.

Identify topic.

Present Perfect / Past Simple.

WHQs. Complete script. Mark intonation.

Precise listening.



Viewing

Video podcast

Off the hook: a university based comedy series.

What makes a good flatmate?



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Speaking

I can discuss living alone and with others.

I can comment on the adverts, and describe myself.

I can try my Qs on other students and comment on their suitability.

I can talk about past experiences.

I can use adjectives to describe my feelings about events.

I can talk about things I’ve never done but would like to do.

I can role play making polite enquiries.

I can role play an enquiry phone call.

I can role play a phone enquiry and at a hotel.

I can describe and discuss first encounters.



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Pair discussion

Pair discussion

Mark stressed syllable.

Pair discussion.

Pair work.

Expand from notes in flow chart.

Use prompt cards.


Writing

I can write 6 Qs to find a suitable flatmate.

I can write an informal email describing my living conditions. And reply to my partner.

I can complete a quiz with adjectives about feelings.

I can write about my first day in a new place.



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B2

Use direct and indirect Qs.
Use prompts.

Using suffixes.

Describe events and feelings.


Speakout tips

Self-editing and correcting drafts. | Prepare ideas before phoning. Rehearse mentally.

Lookback

Review Grammar and vocabulary from Unit 1.



Unit 2

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Page

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Learning and Exam skills

Issues

Language

Present Perfect Simple/Continuous, Passive, Giving and responding to opinions.




B2




Vocabulary

Social issues, surveillance, opinion adjs. consumer society.





B2




Reading

I can read 2 articles about Comic Relief.
I can interpret comments about surveillance.

I can understand and identify passive forms.

I can read a short text about plans for surveillance.

I can understand and analyse a letter of complaint.


I can understand and interpret short newspaper texts.

I can interpret phrases used to give examples, report data, report uncertain data in order to support an opinion.



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WHQs, Discuss, Identify word class, guess meaning from similarity to other words.

Match meaning / phrase

Grammar

WHQs


WHQs. / Analyse paragraph structure and language register.

Assess writer’s opinion.



Listening

I can listen to and write sentences.

I can understand and note reasons for opinions.

I can note stress in passive forms.

I can understand opinions expressed.

I can follow a man answering questions about happiness.


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B2

Mark main stress and weak forms.

Make notes.

Listen and repeat.

Make notes of opinion and reasons.

Note topics mentioned.

Viewing


Video podcast


The Happiness Formula: the work and buy ethic

Does money make you happy?



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Speaking

I can speculate about photographs.

I can talk about completed actions, states, repeated or continuous activity.

I can categorise social issues.

I can discuss social issues in pairs and groups.

I can ask and answer questions in a quiz.

I can talk about different types of surveillance.

I can evaluate comments about surveillance and comment.

I can argue in favour or against surveillance.

I can add reasons to support someone’s opinion.

I can express my opinion on a topic.

I can express agreement, partial agreement or disagreement to expressed opinions.

I can discuss expressed gender stereotypes.

I can use adjectives to comment on opinions.

I can debate a proposal in a group.

I can prepare and undertake a happiness survey and report the results.


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Grammar
Vocabulary development

Use prepared notes.

Pair work. Pronunciation.

Vocabulary

Opinions and reasons.

Prepare notes. Role play a meeting.

Give reasons to support opinion.

Pronunciation

Use given phrases.

Give examples and reasons.

Vocabulary / Using prefixes

Support opinions with reasons / examples.

Presentation of survey data.

Summarise.


Writing

I can complete a text with appropriate verb forms.

I can write questions about a text.

I can complete dialogues using given words.

I can plan and write a formal letter of complaint.

I can write dialogues expressing and responding to opinions.

I can write a list of short tips for greater happiness.



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Grammar in statements.

Grammar in Q forms.

Verb / noun in same form

Expand from notes.


Expand from notes. / Role play

Expand from notes. Use model structure.



Speakout tips

Deduce meaning of unknown words by looking at word class and similarities. | Note stress in verbs and nouns with the same spelling. | Complaints should be clear, concise, constructive, considerate. | Support opinions with examples and reported data. |

Lookback

Review Grammar and vocabulary from Unit 2.




Unit 3

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Page

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Learning and Exam skills

Downtime

Language


used to, would, be/get used to, Future forms, describing procedures




B2




Vocabulary

good and bad behaviour, locations, uncountable and plural nouns, activities in procedures, describe / recommend an activity.




B2




Reading

I can read a story about a husband addicted to computer games and his wife’s attitude.

I can read and analyse an essay on using free time.

I can read an email describing a holiday.

I can read and answer a travel quiz.

I can complete the description of a game.


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B2

Jigsaw reading. WHQs. Self image.
Paragraph function.

Discuss, Find plural nouns.

Find and correct mistakes. Q & A.

Cloze style.



Listening

I can follow a programme about vacation options.

I can understand future Qs in fast speech.



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B2

Find topic, T/F, discuss

Elision, sound ‘chunks’.



Viewing

Video podcast

50 Things to do before you die




B2




Speaking

I can discuss computer games.

I can talk about past habits.

I can talk about habits which annoy me and give reasons.

I can describe and specify the location of a place.

I can talk about certain or possible future actions.

I can ask about hobbies and interests and suggest a niche holiday.

I can describe the game shows I like.

I can describe games to my classmates.

I can use mirror questions to clarify understanding.

I can explain a procedure to my partner.


I can recommend an activity to a friend.

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B2

benefits / problems

used to, would, get used to
Paired Q & A.

Review future forms.


Partner work.

Describing procedures.

Use notes. Guess the game described.

Repair strategy.

Use mirror questions to show comprehension or ask for clarification.

Describe activity and feelings.



Writing

I can write an opinion essay about a free time activity.

I can write an inspiring postings about an activity.



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Use prepared notes and linkers.

Use model and notes.


Speakout tips


When listening to instructions or directions, indicate understanding or ask for clarification at each step.

Lookback

Review Grammar and vocabulary from Unit 3.




Unit 4

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Page

CEF

Learning and Exam skills

Stories

Language

Narrative tenses, wishes / regrets, express likes / dislikes.




B2




Vocabulary

Sayings, regrets, reading, adjs. for describing a scene




B2




Reading

I can speculate about stories from titles.

I can suggest a moral to a story.

I can notice verb tenses used in narratives.

I can read a story and analyse the discourse structure.

I can follow a text about a bet.

I can read an article about Sir David Attenborough.

I can read about people who lie about their reading.

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Read, finish story, read original ending, comment. Match meanings / words.

Grammar.


Paragraph sequence.

Pre-listening. WHQs.

WHQs. Match meanings / verbs

WHQs.


Listening

I can notice weak forms of auxiliary verbs.

I can follow an interview about the bet.

I can follow my partner’s story.

I can follow a discussion about three books.

I can follow a description of a favourite scene.


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WHQs. Complete 6 word stories. Discuss.

Complete multi-word verbs.

Make notes of phrases.

WHQs.


Viewing

Video podcast

Tess of the D’Urbervilles

What was the last book you read?



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Speaking

I can explain the meaning of well known sayings.

I can discuss well known saying in my own language.

I can tell a story illustrating a saying.

I can express regrets.

I can comment on 6 word stories with reference to my life.

I can tell a biography using multi-word verbs.

I can talk about different types of reading material.

I can talk about books considered ‘important to read’.

I can persuade others to read a book which I like.

I can describe a favourite scene.


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B2

Using quotations.

Finding similarities to English sayings.

Listen. Guess the moral.

Grammar.


Personalise.
Vocabulary: text genres.

Discuss.


Group work.

Use prepared notes.



Writing

I can complete a story with verbs in correct tenses.

I can complete a dialogue adding well known sayings.

I can write a story for a magazine based on a saying.

I can organise sentences to make a forum entry.

I can write a short forum entry about a regret.

I can complete a summary of a plot.

I can describe a favourite scene.


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Grammar in narratives.
Checking for grammar.
Use given phrases.

WHQs.


Use prepared notes.

Speakout tips

People often refer to well known sayings by quoting only the first part. | Use adverbs to add interest to your story. | A dictionary will help you to use multiword verbs. |

Lookback

Review Grammar and vocabulary from Unit 4.


Unit 5


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Learning and Exam skills

Ideas

Language

Articles, conditionals, suggesting ideas




B2




Vocabulary

Change: compound nouns, advertising, adjs. to describe ideas, presenting a business idea.




B2




Reading

I can complete suggestions of the worst inventions.
I can complete a quiz about advertising.

I can identify different conditional forms.

I can follow guidelines for writing viral adverts.

I can read a bar chart showing factors in the choice of smart phones.

I can read a report on the survey.

I can read 5 rules of brainstorming.


I can read and analyse a product leaflet.

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C1


Use picture prompts. Match words / meanings. Add titles. Discuss.

Use of suggestion in advertising.


Use guidelines in writing.

Summarise results orally.

WHQs.

Understanding pronoun references.

Match adjs. and synonyms.

WHQs. Pre-writing task.


Listening

I can check answers to the quiz.

I can listen and write sentences.

I can follow and understand a brainstorm.

I can follow two business presentations.



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Summarise correct answers. Discuss.

Mark stressed words.

Notes. Complete extracts. Intonation.

Listen for key phrases.



Viewing

Video podcast

Genius – a comedy show about ideas.

If you could start a business what would it be?



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Speaking

I can talk about different kinds of change.

I can describe inventions and persuade others why they are important.

I can talk about email and TV adverts.

I can describe my viral advert.

I can talk about different aspects of adverts.

I can discuss brainstorming and how it is used.

I can roleplay a brainstorm about walking to work.

I can express reservations about ideas I hear.

I can brainstorm a given idea in groups.

I can present the best idea and explain why two ideas were rejected.

I can present a business idea in pairs and to class.


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B2

C1

Vocabulary: positive / negative change

Contrast before / after invention.

Likes/ dislikes, favourites.

Partners try to guess product.

Vocabulary development.

Pair discussion

Expand from flow chart.

Use introductory phrases and intonation.

Use prepared ideas. Choose best idea.

Speaking to the whole class.


Use prepared notes and peer advice.

Writing

I can complete a text about the bicycle with correct articles.

I can complete descriptions of inventions.

I can complete a text about viral adverts.

I can write a viral advert.

I can describe influences on my purchases in a report.

I can complete the report on the smart phone survey.

I can prepare a presentation of a business idea.

I can write a leaflet advertising a product.



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C1
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Use picture prompts, compound nouns.


Use given guidelines. Be creative!

Short reports.

Write in pairs.

Prepare notes for speaking.

Check. Compare with others.


Speakout tips

Soften negative comments with introductory phrases. |

Lookback

Review Grammar and vocabulary from Unit 5.


Unit 6


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Page

CEF

Learning and Exam skills

Age

Language

Modals obligation, prohibition, permission, ability

Future perfect + Future continuous, Persuading






B2




Vocabulary

Age, nouns from verbs, optimism, pessimism, collocations about living longer.




B2




Reading

I can read a website forum about age.

I can read and answer a quiz about optimism.

I can read Greg’s letter to his future self.

I can use appropriate verbs for activities.



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B2

WHQs

WHQs


Add given sentences | interpret linkers.

Collocations, Match with pictures



Listening

I can listen for stress in positive and negative forms.

I can follow “Letters to myself” programme.

I can follow a radio phone-in and identify topics.
I can follow a debate about age discrimination.

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C1

M/C Qs., WHQs.

Make notes and discuss. WHQs. Intonation.



Viewing

Video podcast

How to live to 101.




B2




Speaking

I can discuss being different ages.

I can talk about aspects of age.

I can talk about obligations, prohibitions, permissions and abilities.

I can talk about generations and behaviour.

I can discuss questions about the future.

I can talk about my hopes and plans for the next five years.

I can role play a discussion about taking a gap year.

I can ask for clarification when I don’t understand.

I can role play a radio phone-in.

I can formally debate a given topic.



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C1


B2
C1

Advantages, Disadvantages.

Vocabulary development.

Grammar.
Discuss Qs in groups.

Grammar / Vocabulary.

Mention given topics.

Use flow chart.

Conversation strategies.

Use notes. Work with 2 partners.

Debating procedures.


Writing

I can convert verbs into nouns.

I can write a letter to myself in the future.


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C1


Vocabulary development

Follow guidelines.



Speakout tips

I use different forms of words to make speech and writing more interesting. | Ask for clarification by rephrasing what the speaker has said. Also used to buy thinking time.

Lookback

Review Grammar and vocabulary from Unit 6.




Unit 7

CEF

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Learning and Exam skills

Media

Language

Quantifiers, Reported speech, adding emphasis




B2




Vocabulary

Television, Multi-word verbs with multiple meanings, reporting verbs, the press, retelling a news story




B2




Reading

I can follow a text about BBC TV programmes.

I can read and discuss statistics about TV.

I can understand multi-word verbs in context.
I can understand the function of reported speech.

I can read dialogues and speculate about the speakers and context. I can read 3 news reports.

I can respond to a quiz about trust describing 4 situations.

I can read a discursive essay and think of a title.

I can read an article about popular topics in tabloids.

I can read headlines and speculate on the topic.

I can read a short news item.


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T/F, Match meanings / words, Discuss.

Personalise data. Report.

Match meaning / verb. Compare meanings.

Statements, requests, questions.

Speculate. Match with news reports.
Pair Q & A.

Looking at discourse structure.

Speculate before reading. Read to check.
Compare with audio report.


Listening

I can understand quantifiers in connected speech.

I can follow an interview about hoax photographs.

I can follow 4 conversations about news stories.

I can follow someone reporting a news story.



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WHQs. Discuss.

Match with headlines. Note emphasis

Notice key phrases.



Viewing

Video podcast

The funny side of the news.

What kind of news stories interest you?



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Speaking

I can talk about different genre of TV programmes.

I can speculate about news photographs.

I can role play a conversation between a park official and a jumper.

I can discuss sensationalism and bias in a newspaper.

I can speculate and express guesses.

I can retell a news story.



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Vocabulary, Express opinions.

True or hoax?

Roleplay.

Work in groups. Ask follow-up Qs.



Writing

I can adapt sentences to myself and my country.

I can write a story, report, using multi-word verbs.

I can write a conversation in reported speech.

I can complete news reports with different reporting verbs.

I can prepare notes for discursive essays on 3 topics.

I can prepare a plan for a discursive essay on 1 topic.

I can write the essay in 250-300 words.

I can write a short news story. 150-200 words.



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C1

C1

Compare responses.

Share. Evaluate ideas.

Choose from given list.

Pre-writing task. Using linkers.

Planning

Drafting and writing.



Speakout tips

A discursive essay presents a balanced view and ends with the writer’s opinion. | Use I’d to express uncertainty when guessing. |

Lookback

Review Grammar and vocabulary from Unit 7.




Unit 8

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Learning and Exam skills

Behaviour

Language

2nd 3rd and mixed conditionals, -ing form / infinitive, handling an awkward situation.




C1




Vocabulary

Decision making collocations, feelings, time idioms, adj of manner, family / cultural rituals.




C1




Reading

I can match pictures and headlines.

I can read the articles to check.

I can complete word webs with collocations.

I can read 2 extracts from a web forum.

I can complete a quiz about feelings during the day.

I can complete a Q&A with the Time Doctor.

I can examine presentation of idioms in dictionaries.

I can identify key word in an idiom for dictionary reference.

I can read an article about time management.

I can read a description of a family ritual.


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Match people to statements. Discuss.

Find non-collocating word.

Discuss.


Suggest responses by larks or owls.

Using –ing and infinitives in context.

Dictionary use.

Dictionary use. / Pair work.

Select title | Identify source and communicative purpose | Find topic sentences.


Listening

I can follow interviews about owls and larks.

I can follow 6 speakers talking about attitudes to time.

I can understand descriptions of rituals.


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C1

Label statements.

Make notes and discuss.



Viewing

Video podcast

The Human Animal; Desmond Morris examines greetings.

What kind of behaviour gets on your nerves?



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Speaking

I can discuss situations and say what I would have done.

I can describe a problematic situation.

I can discuss if my attitudes to time are personal or cultural.

I can describe different kinds of behaviour.

I can discuss my reaction to awkward situations.

I can role play solving a behaviour problem.

I can describe and discuss rituals of behaviour.


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Use conditionals.

WHQs.


Cultural attitudes to time.

Vocabulary development.

Politely asking for behaviour change.

Use notes and flowchart.

Prepared talk.


Writing

I can describe each photo in 2 sentences.

I can complete an email using conditionals.

I can complete definitions using given verbs.

I can brainstorm, plan and write an informal article.

I can write a description of a family ritual.


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Grammar.


Defining.

Using informal language.

Use model text.


Speakout tips

Use fillers of ‘soften’ criticism of behaviour.

Lookback

Review Grammar and vocabulary from Unit 8.




Unit 9

CEF

Page

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Learning and Exam skills

Trouble


Language

-ing form and infinitive, past modals of deduction, reporting an incident




C1




Vocabulary

Crime, Synonyms for verbs connected with scams, Verbs + dependent prepositions, verb phrases for describing incidents, survival items, phrases to negotiate agreement.




C1




Reading

I can read a text about memory.
I can read a text about scams.

I can read, understand and analyse an article about avoiding scams on holiday.

I can read and comment on reasons for calling the police.

I can speculate on reports of incidents.



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Pre-reading discussion of memory strategies, T/F, Link references, Discuss.

WHQs. Dictionary work.


Styles, layout, avoiding repetition.

Evaluating and judging seriousness.



Listening

I can follow a radio programme about scams.

I can follow a phone call reporting a theft.

I can follow a discussion about items to have on a life raft.


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WHQs. Personalise. Give opinions.

Complete incident report. Note feelings + references to time.

WHQs.


Viewing

Video podcast

Mayday!

Do you have any phobias?



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Speaking

I can discuss the seriousness of crimes.

I can say what I would do in given situations.

I can recount my experience of scams.

I can speculate about emergencies from photos.

I can roleplay reporting a crime.

I can rephrase my answers to be more precise.

I can discuss items to have on a life raft.


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Discuss, argue your opinion.

Compare ideas.

Share. Be a detective.
Giving relevant, detailed information.
Persuade others.


Writing

I can complete 12 newspaper extracts with words about crimes.

I can complete gaps in headlines.

I can write a short news item from a headline.

I can write a ‘how to’ leaflet about avoiding scams.

I can write a fictional story about a lucky escape.


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CI



Vocabulary development.
Meaning and grammar.

Read and match.

Presenting clear advice.

Use given word string.



Speakout tips

Collect and use synonyms. | Learn to use familiar words to explain unfamiliar vocabulary.

Lookback

Review Grammar and vocabulary from Unit 9.




Unit 10

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Learning and Exam skills

Culture

Language

Relative clauses, participle clauses, giving a tour.


C1





Vocabulary

Adjs. describe films, the arts, dimensions, describe art, discuss options.




C1




Reading

I can read a promo for a radio programme.

I can read a review of Slumdog Millionaire.

I can read a Q&A about popular culture.

I can judge if forum comments are positive or negative.

I can understand a description of an art gallery.


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Discuss why people might listen.
Jigsaw reading.

Vocabulary, deduce meanings.

Pre-writing research.


Listening

I can follow a review of a film.

I can listen to a tour commentary and match to photos.

I can understand a discussion of an art project.


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Complete extracts. Discuss.
WHQs. Key phrases.

Viewing

Video podcast

Banksy.

What areas of the arts do you enjoy?


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Speaking

I can describe different kinds of film.

I can talk about the films I like.

I can discuss film reviews.

I can talk about favourite performers and performances.

I can relate and discuss my experiences of city tours.

I can complete a guide to Paris.

I can design a tour of a location for a visitor.

I can plan and present a plan for my town.



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Use relative clauses.

Purpose, content, structure

Discuss. Describe your feelings.

WHQs.


Use prepared notes.

Role play in pairs.

Presentation / persuasion.


Writing

I can complete a review with relative pronouns.

I can write a review of a film.

I can write a forum comment about a performance.

I can use two part phrases day by day.

I can describe a favourite building or art work.


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C1

Grammar. Check references.

Draft, share, edit, polish.


Vocabulary.

Include key information.



Speakout tips

Using participle clauses to improve writing and speaking. |

Lookback

Review Grammar and vocabulary from Unit 10.

Notes

At this level all the basic structures, vocabulary and functions have been covered and the major learning tasks are connected with fluency, accuracy and appropriate social interaction. Speakout Upper Intermediate achieves these goals with the help of a wide range of authentic materials from different sources. All the traditional tasks such as letter-writing and essays are covered but language production in more modern media such as presentations, web postings and on-line forum discussions are covered, helping students to become competent and confident users of English in many contexts.


Although there is not specific training in exam-focused skills, students who complete Speakout Upper Intermediate will be well prepared for an exam focused learning programme.




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