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LEWIS ADULT SYLLABUS

HIGHER INTERMEDIATE

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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Topics

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

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Vocabulary
Listening
Reading
Reading
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Vocabulary
Speaking

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 current affairs and different cultures
  • talk about technology and creativity
  • use passive phrases, eg it is said…
  • give a presentation
  • interact with others on collaborative research projects
  • organise and structure arguments with signposting language, eg consequently, for instance, besides
  • recognise and use intonation to imply meaning

I can…

  • talk about the advertising and social media
  • talk about my home and community
  • use future forms without any mistakes
  • distinguish between formal and informal language
  • express degrees of certainty, eg potentially, definitely
  • understand vocabulary about the Internet
  • write an email
  • use online resources to support my studies

I can…

  • talk about consumerism and possessions
  • talk about dramas and laughs
  • use present forms accurately
  • use concessive clauses, eg ‘I like England, although it’s colder than my country’ and linking words, eg in spite of
  • identify and use common colloquial collocations and idiomatic language
  • give and justify opinions
  • critique and review
  • summarise a text

I can…

  • talk about adventures and memorable events
  • talk about mishaps and celebrations
  • use a range of narrative tenses accurately
  • understand the difference in meaning between can’t have, needn’t have, must have and didn’t need to, and use these correctly
  • use a range of time expressions and linkers, eg yet, prior to that, afterwards
  • use multiple adjectives in the correct order§
  • respond to speakers by showing a range of emotions including surprise, shock and indifference
  • hear and identify intrusive sounds which appear between words

I can…

  • talk about medicine and natural resources
  • talk about travel and foreign countries
  • use mixed conditionals
  • express obligation, necessity and permission with ‘time’ phrases, eg it’s (about) time
  • use articles and determiners in a range of contexts
  • give advice and make suggestions in a variety of situations
  • listen for gist and detailed information

I can…

  • talk about lifestyles and stereotypes
  • talk about topics connected to trends and generation gaps
  • use structures to compare and contrast, including adverbs of degree
  • use skimming and scanning techniques when I am reading
  • use indirect and embedded questions
  • use as and like
  • write a short essay including formal linkers

Our online syllabus has been made in co-operation with TeachYa.com, a free website for English language students.

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