Pre-Intermediate (A2)




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 how people look and their personality
  • talk about how I feel and my senses
  • understand the difference between the present simple and present continuous
  • understand and use adverbs of frequency without mistakes
  • ask and answer different types of questions
  • understand and use like in different ways
  • make comparatives and superlatives
  • show that I am aware of homophones
  • divide my writing into paragraphs
  • skim for general information and scan for important words when I am reading

I can…

  • talk about important historical events
  • talk about dangerous situations people have been in
  • talk about crime and gossip
  • use the past simple to make positive and negative statements without mistakes
  • understand and use the past simple to ask questions without mistakes
  • use basic time phrases, eg three weeks ago, last night, in the 1990’s
  • understand and use past continuous
  • understand and make wh- questions in the past including subject and object questions
  • use prepositions of time (on / in / at) without mistakes
  • notice and record prepositions
  • show a basic understanding of when to use a / an / the

I can…

  • talk about and describe my country and culture
  • talk about cooking and health
  • use and understand imperatives to give instructions without mistakes
  • identify and understand the difference between countable and uncountable nouns
  • use descriptive language to describe cultures and lifestyles
  • use quite, so, very and too to modify adjectives
  • use enough, too many and too much to modify nouns
  • ask and answer different types of questions
  • give and understand advice and make suggestions including should, shouldn’t andought to
  • recognise and pronounce different plural noun endings correctly
  • use a dictionary

I can…

  • talk about communities and relationships
  • talk about nature and social problems
  • use the second conditional
  • speculate about what might be true or possible using might and must
  • talk about things I have to do in the present and had to do in the past
  • understand when to use say and tell
  • give my opinions and talk about how I am similar to others, using me neither, me too, so do I
  • guess the meaning of new words by looking at all of the text
  • notice and record collocations

I can…

  • talk about study and work
  • talk about holidays and festivals
  • use and understand present perfect including for and since
  • use and understand used to for past habits
  • talk about my likes and dislikes using the ‘ing’ form
  • understand and use common phrasal verbs
  • recognise silent letters in some words
  • listen for specific detail

I can…

  • talk about money and my ambitions
  • talk about technology and different ways of communicating
  • use will and going to without mistakes
  • use present continuous to describe future plans
  • use and understand zero and first conditional
  • show that I know when to use the possessive ‘s’
  • make predictions
  • make requests
  • write an informal email
  • assess my own written work
  • understand and use adverbs and adjectives correctly

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