|The contents will be those included in the New Proficiency Gold, Longman. However, special attention should be paid to the following criteria:|
These topics indicate the vocabulary and lexical items included in this course.
The show business: Cinema and TV.
Publicity and advertising.
Crime and juvenile delinquency.
Psychology, the mind and witchcraft.
The world of work.
Technology: Mobiles and computers.
Hypothetical sentences: Conditionals, wishes and preferences.
Participle clauses and inversion.
Modal verbs and related expressions.
Cause, result and concession clauses. Comparisons: as if / as though, etc.
Cleft sentences. Verbs + noun phrases: give a hand, make a recovery, etc.
The future in English: Future with modal verbs.
Although practice will be mainly dealt with in the lecture hall and in the LMS, these guidelines will provide students with the basic information for individual practice:
Listening Comprehension exercises: Students will hear or watch conversations, interviews, extracts from films, news bulletins, etc., from a range of genres and sources, with seven to ten four-option multiple-choice questions.
Reading Comprehension exercises: A long text, preferably from the topics listed above, with seven to ten four-option multiple-choice questions.
Use of English
Key word transformations: Students have to transform each sentence so that it is as close as possible in meaning to the original sentence. A word is usually given. The emphasis is on whole phrases rather than individual words. However, you may need to think about the effect of the given word on the grammar of the sentence.
Word formation: This consists of a text with ten gaps, each one corresponding to a word. The stems of these missing words are given beside the text and students will have to write the word in its correct form. They need to be aware of prefixes, suffixes, compound words, etc.
Multiple choice questions: fifteen to twenty-five short unthemed cloze sentences/texts with four-option multiple-choice questions on each sentence/text. The focus of the questions is on vocabulary (collocations, idioms, linkers, complementations, semantic precision and phrasal verbs.
Students will be required to present and develop ideas supporting their opinions with evidence. Spelling and punctuation will be taken into account. It is important to use the appropriate vocabulary and style and to organize each writing task suitably. The writing tasks are the following:
· An article.
· An essay, a discursive essay.
· A formal letter. A complaint.
· A proposal.
· Describe a situation or a short story.
-Two minute talk on a topic.
- Initiate a conversation with a colleague on a controversial topic.
- Description of a photograph or picture.
-Tell a joke or an account.
- Describe a process.
Students will have to read one (compulsory) or both (optional) of the following books:
- The Lollipop Shoes (Joanne Harris)
- The Last Dickens (Matthew Pearl)