Program Curriculum

Listening Module Syllabus

Lesson Focus Skills
L1
  • Listening Test, Part 1

 

  • Question types
  • Introduction to test-taking strategies
  • Introduction to vocabulary-building
L2
  • Listening Test, Part 2
  • Listening Test, Part 3
  • Establishing context
  • Note-taking strategies: Location and time
  • Note-taking strategies: Main ideas and supporting details

 

L3
  • Listening Test, Part 4

 

  • Using abbreviations for note-taking
  • Synonyms
  • Note-taking to record facts
L4
  • Listening Test, Part 5

 

  • Visual clues
  • Relevant vs. irrelevant information
L5
  • Listening Test, Part 6

 

  • Recognizing facts and opinions
  • Differentiating between summaries and paraphrases
  • Identifying pros and cons
L6
  • Practice Listening Test
  • Test review and error analysis
  • Course review
  • All Listening Test skills

Reading Module Syllabus

 

Lesson Focus Skills
R1
  • Overview of the Reading Test

 

  • Active vs. passive readers
  • Previewing, skimming, and scanning
  • Getting meaning from context
  • Eliminating wrong answers
  • Improving your reading speed
  • Introduction to vocabulary-building
R2
  • Reading Test, Part 1

 

  • Skimming and scanning
  • Synonym-matching pair work activity
  • Timed reading
R3
  • Reading Test, Part 2

 

  • Understanding coherence and applying logic
  • Locating specific information
  • Recognizing a writer’s purpose and tone
  • Timed reading
R4
  • Reading Test, Part 3

 

  • Understanding paragraph components
  • Identifying main ideas in paragraphs
  • Timed reading
R5
  • Reading Test, Part 4

 

  • Understanding meaning based on context
  • Eliminating wrong answers
  • Identifying viewpoints
  • Fact or opinion
  • Timed reading
R6
  • Practice Reading Test
  • Test review and error analysis
  • All Reading Test skills

Writing Module Syllabus

Lesson Focus Skills
W1
  • Overview of the Writing Test

  • Understanding performance standards
  • Precision and meaning
  • Identifying common errors
  • Introduction to vocabulary-building
W2
  • Writing Test, Task 1

 

  • Writing emails
  • Email conventions: Greetings, openers, closers, and sign-offs
  • Tone and register
  • Indirect questions
W3
  • Writing Test, Task 1

 

  • Email format
  • Paragraphing
  • Introduction
  • Synonyms
  • Avoiding repetition
  • Time sequencers
W4
  • Writing Test, Task 2

 

  • Note-taking
  • Expressing an opinion
  • Using conjunctions
  • Supporting details
W5
  • Writing Test, Task 2

 

  • Transitions
  • Concluding sentences
  • Timed writing
  • Peer feedback: Identifying common errors
W6
  • Analysis of sample responses
  • Practice and peer feedback
  • Test and individual feedback sessions

 

  • All Writing Test skills

Speaking Module Syllabus

Lesson Focus Skills
S1
  • Overview of the Speaking Test

 

  • Understanding performance standards
  • Review of speaking skills
  • Developing ideas
  • Introduction to vocabulary-building
S2
  • Speaking Test, Task 1
  • Speaking Test, Task 2

 

  • Organizing your thoughts
  • Giving advice
  • Using WH questions for narratives
  • Time expressions
  • Transitions
S3
  • Speaking Test, Task 3
  • Speaking Test, Task 4

 

  • Prepositions of location
  • Describing details
  • Practice: Describing and making predictions
  • Making predictions from a scene
S4
  • Speaking Test, Task 5
  • Speaking Test, Task 6

 

  • Choosing, comparing, and persuading
  • Inflection and intonation
  • Giving effective reasons
S5
  • Speaking Test, Task 7
  • Speaking Test, Task 8

 

  • Stating an opinion
  • Weak vs. convincing reasons
S6
  • Analysis of sample responses
  • Practice and peer feedback
  • Test and individual feedback sessions

 

  • All Speaking Test skills