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Grammar level guide

  • This guide offers suggestions for appropriate structures to cover at each level.  Pick and choose a few items from your assigned level (do not attempt to teach them all).  Always remember to present grammar in context.

True Beginners

  •          Meetings and greetings
  •          To be: statements, yes-no questions, information questions
  •          Subject pronouns
  •          Singular and plural nouns
  •          Possessive pronouns
  •          There is/there are
  •          Basic Subject –verb-object word order
  •          Key verbs- like, have, the modal ‘can’
  •          The present simple: statements, yes-no questions, information
             questions
  •          The present continuous
  •          Possessive pronouns
  •          Imperatives
  •          Propositions of time and place

Grammar is inseparable from vocabulary building at this level - family, weather, feelings, how to tell time, jobs, colors, hobbies, and everyday objects like furniture, food, clothes, places in the city, etc.

False Beginners/Low Intermediate

  •      Present Simple & Continuous(Progressive) – contrastive approach, questions & negatives
  •          Past Simple & Continuous(Progressive): Regular a basic irregular verbs, questions & negatives
  •          Will Future
  •          Question and negative formation
  •          Word Order, Sentence Structure
  •          Basic Modals (can, may, must)
  •          Cardinal & Ordinal Numbers
  •          Basic Articles
  •          Nouns: count, non-count, irreg. plurals, much/many
  •          Basic adjectives, formation, comparative and superlative
  •          Prepositions
  •          Frequency Adverbs
  •          Subject-Object-Possessive Pronouns
  •          Basic phrasal verbs & idioms                   

Intermediate

  •          Present and Past, Continuous(Progressive) – contrastive approach, questions & negatives –
  •          Present Perfect Simple & Continuous(Progressive), since, for, etc +
  •          Future tenses
  •          Modals – tenses, functions -
  •          Subject-Object-Possessive Pronouns
  •          Relative Pronouns
  •          Conditional – type I & II
  •          Used to x Be used to –ing
  •          adjectives, formation, comparative and superlative
  •          adverbs, formation, comparative and superlative
  •          Phrasal Verbs & Idioms
  •          Others like: prepositions, word order, question tags, Sentence Structure, Linking words, irreg. singulars and plurals, etc.
  •          Articles
  •          Sequence of tenses

Upper Intermediate

  •          Present, Past and Future, Continuous(Progressive) – contrastive approach, questions & negatives –
  •          Present Perfect Simple & Continuous(Progressive), since, for, etc +
  •          Past Perfect Simple & Continuous(Progressive), since, for, etc +
  •          Modals – tenses, functions –
  •          Phrasal Verbs
  •          Language Registers (Formal vs. Informal: very practical, example based approach), Style and Stylistic Inversion (seldom have we, Not only did,..)
  •          Conditionals I, II, III -
  •          Pronouns, Adjective & Adverb
  •          Gerund vs. Infinitive
  •          Participles
  •          Multiple Adjectives + their Order
  •          Others like: Prepositions, Word Order, Question Tags, Sentence Structure, Linking Words, irreg. singulars and plurals, etc. -
  •          Sequence of Tenses
  •          Articles
  •          Possibility: Focus on Advanced Skills: Presentation Skills, Job Search (CV & Job Interview Strategies), Negotiating, Effective Business Writing, Argumentation, Effective Communication to Motivate, Body Language, etc. - very practical, example based approach, video & audio tape examples

Advanced

  •          Simple Tense
  •          Continuous/Progressive Tense
  •          Perfective Tense
  •          Modals – tenses, functions -
  •          Conditionals I, II, III -
  •          Gerund vs. Infinitive
  •          Articles
  •          Advanced Phrasal Verbs + Idioms
  •          Multiple Adjectives + their Order
  •          Pronouns, Adjective, Adverb & Participle
  •          Sequence of Tenses
  •          Language Registers (Formal vs. Informal: very practical, example based approach), Style and Stylistic Inversion (seldom have we, Not only did,..)
  •          Others like: Prepositions, Word Order, Question Tags, Sentence Structure, Linking Words, irreg. singulars and plurals, etc. -
  •          Focus on Advanced Skills: Presentation Skills, Job Search (CV & Job Interview Strategies), Negotiating, Effective Business Writing, Argumentation, Effective Communication to Motivate, Body Language, etc. - very practical, example based approach, video & audio tape examples.