Intermediate (B1)




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 fashion and my identity
  • talk about lifestyles and possessions
  • use make comparative and superlative sentences which include adverbs and modifiers, eg slightly, much, a great deal
  • use relative clauses to add information
  • structure an argument
  • use linking words to add information, contrast information, and describe cause and effect, eg furthermore, although, due to
  • express opinions, agreement and interrupt
  • notice and record vocabulary, especially collocations

I can…

  • talk about education and traditions
  • talk about memories and work
  • tell stories using past simple, past continuous and past perfect
  • understand the differences in use between the past simple and present perfect
  • pronounce –ed endings
  • use linkers to show time, eg first of all, then, following that, when, while
  • describe skills and abilities
  • show that I know what type of learner I am and if I learn in a visual, auditory or kinaesthetic way

I can…

  • talk about fame and fortune
  • talk about news and entertainment
  • use reported speech including reported questions
  • use passives
  • understand the rules of and use punctuation in direct speech
  • recognise and use connected speech
  • check my understanding of others and that they have understood me correctly

I can…

  • talk about the natural world and tourism
  • talk about trade and environmental issues
  • use the future continuous and future perfect
  • show that I have learnt how to use articles in a wider range of situations
  • complain and show that I am worried
  • give advice and make suggestions
  • describe a process or procedure
  • write a formal letter or email, eg a letter of application or an email of complaint
  • use linking words to describe a sequence of events, eg first, after that, next, lastly
  • tell the difference between fact and opinion

I can…

  • talk about special occasions and going out with friends
  • talk about shopping and my hobbies
  • understand the difference in use of gerunds and infinitives
  • use question tags and make indirect questions
  • stress different words in a sentence to emphasise different information, eg ‘I thought you were bringing the cake’ vs ‘I thought you were bringing the cake’.
  • say question tags with the correct intonation
  • record vocabulary
  • invite and persuade people to do something
  • use filler phrases when I need time to think, eg ‘What’s the word? Well, I suppose…’
  • show that I know how to listen for gist and specific information

I can…

  • talk about making important decisions
  • talk about different times and generations
  • talk about my family and friends
  • use the second and third conditionals
  • use must, have to, make, let and allow
  • describe your feelings and emotions
  • use skimming and scanning techniques when I am reading
  • show that I know about spelling rules
  • use online dictionaries effectively

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