Here you will find a detailed list of what you will be able to do by the end of your A1 level course.
- I can take an active part in conversation, expressing clearly my points of view, ideas, or feelings naturally with effective turn-taking.
- I can evaluate advantages & disadvantages, and participate in reaching a decision in formal or informal discussion.
- I can sustain my opinions in discussion by providing relevant explanations, arguments, and comments.
- I can use the telephone to find out detailed information, provided the other person speaks clearly, and ask follow-up questions to check that I have understood a point fully.
- I can give clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects related to my fields of interest.
- I can develop a clear argument, linking my ideas logically and expanding and supporting my points with appropriate examples.
- I can present a topical issue in a critical manner and weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
- I can summarise information and arguments from a number of sources, such as articles or reports, discussions, interviews, presentations, etc.
- I can summarise orally the plot and sequence of events in a film or play.
- I can understand the main ideas of complex speech on concrete
and abstract topics delivered in a standard dialect, including technicaldiscussions in my field of specialisation.
- I can understand in detail what is said to me in standard spoken language.
- I can with some effort catch much of what is said around me, but may find it difficult to understand a discussion between several speakers who do not modify their language in any way.
- I can follow TV drama and the majority of films in standard dialect.
I can understand TV news, current affairs, documentaries, interviews, talk shows, etc.
- I can read with a large degree of independence, using dictionaries
and other reference sources selectively when necessary.
- I can understand articles, reports, and reviews in which the writers
express specific points of view (e.g., political commentary, critiques
of exhibitions, plays, films, etc).
- I can rapidly grasp the content and the significance of news, articles, and reports on topics connected with my interests or my job, and decide if a closer reading is worthwhile.
- I can understand the main points in formal and informal letters relating to my personal and professional interests, with the occasional use of a dictionary.
- I can write at length about topical issues, even though complex concepts may be oversimplified, and can correct many of my mistakes in the process.
- I can write clear, detailed descriptions on a variety of subjects related to my field of interest.
- I can express news, views, and feelings in correspondence, and respond to those of the other person.
- I can write standard formal letters requesting or communicating relevant information, following a template.
- I can use standard phrases like “That’s a difficult question to answer” to gain time and keep the turn while formulating what to say.
- I can help a discussion along on familiar ground confirming comprehension, inviting others in, etc.
- I can generally correct slips and errors if I become aware of them or if they have led to misunderstandings.
- I can make a note of “favourite mistakes” and consciously monitor speech for them.
Grammar and Vocabulary Objectives
To learn how to use English in these situations, you will need to know most of these language areas.
- Adjectives and adverbs
- Future continuous
- Future perfect
- Future perfect continuous
- Mixed conditionals
- Modals – can’t have, needn’t have
- Modals of deduction and speculation
- Narrative tenses
- Past perfect
- Past perfect continuous
- Phrasal verbs, extended
- Relative clauses
- Reported speech
- Will and going to, for prediction
- Would expressing habits, in the past
- Colloquial language
This is the type of language work you will be studying with your teacher. These phrases will be useful in the classroom and beyond.
- She screamed in anger at how stupid her brother had been.
- I am having a meeting with my boss on Friday.
- How long are you going to Jamaica for?
- I’d love to see the photos when you get back.
- To sum up, the government will need to cut spending for the next five years.
- All in all, it was a miserable performance.
- I wonder if John will be going to the party.
- What if Teresa hadn’t turned up?
- If I were you, I’d just say no.
- From her point of view, we have to do this as soon as possible.
- That’s just what I was thinking.
- That’s a good point.
- That’s ridiculous.
- Fantastic idea!
- How’s that possible?
- No way! I don’t believe it.
- In spite of its popularity I feel that ‘The Beach’ is a very overrated book which appeals mainly to gapyear students.
- It was really good when…
- As far as I am concerned this has nothing to do with the issue.
- One reason why…
- Another argument for/against…is…
- It could be argued/asserted that…
- Pilar, would you like to kick off?
- Shall we begin?
- We don’t have time to go into that matter right now.
- Let’s get back to the issue under discussion, shall we?
- I’d like to say a few words here.
- Yes, I think I can contribute to this point.
- Carry on.
- Go on.
- What makes you say that?
- I’m all ears.
- What do you reckon/think?
- Let’s hear what Gabriella has to say.
- Wow, that’s fantastic.
- Really? Tell me more.
- Subsequently, he went on to be one of our best salesmen.
- I know it would be good fun to watch the late-night film.
- Nevertheless, I think we should all get an early night before the big event tomorrow.
- In spite of her illness during the course, she managed to qualify successfully.
- Despite the rain we all had a great time.
- Although I was very young at the time, I remember what happened quite clearly.
- Consequently, we have to be prepared for a fall in profits next year.
- Regarding our position on nuclear power, that has not changed.
- Additionally, we will also provide support throughout the process.
- In conclusion, we have agreed to give £3,000 to the charity.
- He had had a terrible day up until that point.
- I was tired. I’d been working for sixteen hours.
- Had they been waiting long?
- You will succeed where I have failed.
- This time next year, I’ll be working in Japan and earning good money.
- She won’t have left by then.
- If I had studied harder, I’d be at university now.
- If I’d got that job I applied for I’d be working in Istanbul.
- I wish today wasn’t Monday.
- Let’s splash out on a bottle of champagne.
- I’ll take you up on that offer.
- I’m being eaten alive by these mosquitoes.
- I thought that I was being followed.
- She thought she could do it all herself.
- They reported that the volcano might erupt at any time.
- I told her I had to go.
- I’ve lost the books that I borrowed from the library.
- Shelly and Byron’s poetry, which used to be compulsory, has now been dropped from the syllabus.
- You should have asked her earlier. It’s too late now.
- I knew we might have to pay to get in.
- What can he have done with the keys? He can’t have lost them again.
- He went straight to work.
- Next draw a straight line across the top of the paper.
- The weather forecast is good. Nevertheless, you always need to be careful in the mountains.
- The resort has a range of luxury accommodation to offer.
- There’s no hurry. Let’s just chill out for an hour or two.
Source: CEFR Core Inventory British Council
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