General
& Business English
- CEFR Level A2

Grammar

  1. present progressive – verbs not used in this form
  2. past progressive
  3. past progressive and past simple contrasted
  4. future (present progressive, ‘going to’ (review) / will – for predictions and spontaneous intention and present simple for timetabled/fixed events)
  5. use of shall ..i? / shall we …?
  6. modals: permission (may, can, could)
  7. modals – shall (offers and suggestions), should (advice),
  8. have (got) to (obligation),
  9. must (obligation), mustn’t (prohibition), need (necessity),
  10. needn’t (lack of necessity)
  1. present perfect (various uses: how long….? –
  2. have you ever…?; when talking about recent news/present result; with for and since
  3. indefinite past with yet, already, ever, never; with “it’s the first /second time …”
  4. past simple vs. present perfect use of “has been” and “has gone”
  5. infinitives (with and without to) after verbs and adjectives
  6. gerunds as subjects and objects
  7. relative pronouns and clauses
  8. passive (present and past simple)
  9. ‘0’ and first conditionals.
  10. no future after if and when
  1. compound nouns
  2. quantitative and indefinite
  3. pronouns (one, something, everybody, etc.)
  4. order of adjectives
  5. ‘-ing’ and ‘-ed’ adjectives
  6. regular and irregular adverbs
  7. adverbs of degree (very, too, rather, quite)
  8. what is x like? /what does x like? (contrasted)
  9. question tags
  10. (a) few, (a) little
  11. (revision) comparatives and
  12. superlatives; as ….. as, not so/as …. as
  13. infinitive of purpose (i went to the shop to buy milk.)

Vocabulary + all of a1

  1. town features
  2. hotels/restaurants
  3. workplace / school
  1. money and shopping
  2. entertainment
  3. travel
  1. holidays
  2. personal routine
  3. hobbies

Functions

  1. talking and writing about personal
    experiences
  2. talking about holidays
  3. talking about future events
  4. talking about ways of travelling
  5. describing your home town
  6. describing a photo
  7. writing a short description of a personal
  8. photo, including where and when it was taken and why it is liked
    writing short, simple descriptions of people
  9. giving and accepting advice
  10. making requests and agreeing and refusing to do things
  11. asking and answering questions about personal possessions
  12. asking for repetition and clarification
  13. interrupting a conversation
  1. identifying and describing accommodation
  2. buying and selling things (costs, amounts)
  3. following and giving simple instructions
  4. understanding simple signs and notices
  5. identifying and describing objects
  6. speaking on the phone
  7. very simple faxes and emails
  8. expressing purpose, cause and result, giving reasons
  9. making, granting, refusing simple requests
  10. expressing and responding to thanks
  11. giving and responding to invitations, both spoken and written
  12. giving warnings and stating prohibitions
  13. asking/telling people to do something
  1. expressing obligation and lack of obligation
  2. making and responding to apologies and excuses
  3. expressing agreement, disagreement,
  4. contradicting people
  5. paying compliments
  6. sympathizing
  7. expressing opinions and making choices
  8. expressing needs and wants
  9. expressing (in)ability in the present
  10. understanding and filling in forms giving personal details
  11. very short and simple formal letters, e.g. application
  12. describing a simple process / procedure (using the passive and imperative)

Useful Expressions

  1. be good/bad at
  2. be in a good/bad mood
  3. be homesick
  4. be keen on
  5. be on fire
  6. be stressed out
  7. be useless
  8. call for helP
  1. change one’s mind
  2. get + adjective/comparative
  3. get (buy/take/receive/find/obtain)
  4. have a look at heavens!
  5. how come ….?
  6. how about ..? / what about …?
  7. make up one’s mind
  1. no news is good news
  2. shut up!
  3. time flies
  4. the same to you
  5. what a mess!
  6. what a pity!
  7. what’s up?

pHRASAL vERBS + All of A1

  1. be fed up (with)
  2. be over
  3. be / come back
  4. come from
  5. cross out
  6. get back (return to place)
  7. get on with
  8. give back
  9. give up
  1. go away
  2. go back
  3. go on
  4. grow up
  5. hang up
  6. hurry up
  7. look forward to
  8. look out
  9. look into
  1. look up (a word)
  2. pick (somebody / something) up
  3. slow down
  4. speak up
  5. throw away
  6. turn around / round
  7. turn on / off / up / down
  8. turn up
  9. wash up

+ helping you build a strong vocabulary from the following range of topics

  1. Adjectives to describe appearance and personality:
  2. General adjectives:
  3. Adjectives to describe weather:
  4. Adjectives to describe towns, villages:
  5. Expressions and words linked to restaurants:
  6. Holiday language:
  1. Expressions and words linked to shopping:
  2. Expressions and words linked to giving directions:
  3. Expressions and words linked to travel:
  4. Talking about health:
  5. Compound nouns:
  6. Describing pictures:
  1. Expressions and words linked to telephone conversations:
  2. Set phrases:
  3. Easily confused words:
  4. Prepositional phrases and prepositions to be used with nouns, verbs and adjectives: