Advanced (C1)



Welcome to the Lewis School’s online interactive syllabus.
Scroll down to learn more regarding TOPICS and CAN-DO STATEMENTS for this level.

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Each level follows a 12-week cycle. There are 6 weekly units of grammar (Weeks A-F), and 12 topics.
Each week you will study either Topic 1 OR Topic 2. After Week F, we return to Week A, and change from Topic 1 to Topic 2, or from Topic 2 to Topic 1. Check the General English calendar each week. D1 means you are studying Week D, Topic 1.
Click on the links below to practise this week’s topics


Can-Do Statements

To help you to measure your progress, we have listed the things you will be able to do after completing each week of the syllabus. We call these our ‘Can-Do’ Statements.
Read below the Can-Do statements for each week

I can…

  • talk about the digital age and current affairs
  • tell stories and talk about different types of human connections
  • accurately use reporting verbs with a range of verb structures
  • use narrative tenses including the passive
  • distinguish between and use participle clauses
  • recognise features of a range of accents
  • show that I am aware of silent letters
  • speak for fluency
  • write a summary

I can…

  • talk about crime and ethics
  • talk about topics connected to social issues and the mind
  • show I am aware of special uses of the past simple, eg ‘did you want to call someone?
  • use gerunds and infinitives
  • use would in a variety of structures eg would rather prefer / would prefer
  • write an article
  • use language of debate
  • use critical thinking approaches to identify and analyse arguments

I can…

  • talk about identity and taste
  • talk about topics connected to the written word and images
  • critique and review
  • emphasise what I want to say by using cleft sentences and auxiliary verbs
  • identify where to put the stress in cleft sentences
  • add meaning and description through the use of modifying adverbs, eg terribly, highly
  • recognise common verb and adverb collocations
  • use discourse markers when speaking
  • write a review

I can…

  • talk about successes and life changes
  • talk about topics connected to freedom and exploration
  • add emphasis using a variety of structures, eg inversion and fronting
  • use modals of deduction to talk about the past and present
  • express permission, obligation and necessity using modal verbs
  • use whoever, whenever and wherever
  • speculate
  • show that I am aware of multiple intelligences and of how this can help me study more effectively

I can…

  • talk about well-being and inspiration
  • talk about topics connected to globalisation and co-operation
  • use ellipsis and substitution
  • use a range of conditional language such as wish, if only, supposing
  • deduce meaning from context when reading and listening
  • recognise characteristics of connected speech and demonstrate this in controlled practice
  • listen for gist and specific information
  • paraphrase

I can…

  • talk about education and business
  • talk about science and power
  • use the passive voice in a variety of structures accurately (including with modal verbs and infinitives and phrases beginning with it…)
  • talk about the future seen from the past and use phrases such as was/were going to and supposed to
  • use have/get something done
  • use a range of future forms accurately
  • use skimming and scanning techniques when I read
  • understand and use technical language

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