General
& Business English
- CEFR Level B1+

Grammar

  1. passives (all tenses)
  2. third conditional and mixed conditional
  3. in case / if – contrasted
  4. time clauses: after, as soon as, before, by the time, once, etc.)
  5. modal verbs: deduction in present/past (must be, must have been, can’t be / couldn’t have been)
  6. gerunds and infinitives
  1. if, when, unless, (review) even if, as long as, provided that, make sure
  2. adverbial clauses (+ ing clauses getting up, i went to see if the baby was alright)
  3. need + -ing
  4. wishes and regrets (wish + past perfect/if only as an alternative / wish + would) 
  5. prepositions + ing
  1. verbs of sensation (see/hear/feel/listen to/notice – when to use plain infinitive/-ing)
  2. causative constructions with have /get
  3. to be used to/to get used to (review)
  4. as/like
  5. connectors (review)
  6. word formation (from ‘root’ word)
  7. future progressive

Vocabulary + all of b1

  1. health and illness
  2. body care
  3. education, schools
  4. the environment
  5. world issues
  6. personal qualities
  1. career
  2. consumer complaints
  3. crime and punishment
  4. computers
  5.  job interviews and meetings
  6. telephoning
  1. relationships
  2. services
  3. intellectual and artistic pursuits
  4. arts and crafts
  5. sport

Functions

  1. describing regrets about the past
  2. describing a photo
  3. talking about the environment
  4. talking about world issues
  5. giving and acknowledging
  6. opinions on controversial issues
  7. talking about learning methods, strategies to improve
  8. describing personalities
  9. making formal and informal telephone calls
  10. compositions in general
  11. formal and informal letters
  1. understanding /discussing authentic newspaper articles
  2. take messages, communicating inquiries, explaining problems
  3. provide concrete information required in an interview
  4. preparing a cv
  5. interview / consultation: e.g. describe symptoms to a doctor
  6. explaining why something is a problem
  7. summarizing and giving opinion on article, short story, documentary, etc.
  8. carrying out a prepared interview
  1. communicating at work: understand employment advertisements, understand and follow joining procedures,
  2. understand safety and security regulations and instructions
  3. communicate appropriately with superiors, colleagues and subordinates
  4. participate in the social life of the company
  5. social conventions in English-speaking countries

Useful Expressions

  1. bark up the wrong tree
  2. be above board
  3. be a (total) pain in the neck
  4. I really must be off
  5. be on the go
  6. be on the same wavelength
  7. be on the tip of one’s tongue
  8. be up to one’s eyes in …
  9. be / feel under the weather
  10. bear in mind
  11. brand new
  12. catch somebody red-handed
  13. dirt cheap
  1. I can’t make (Monday), how about …?
  2. cost an arm and a leg
  3. I could do with (a holiday, etc.)
  4. easier said than done
  5. fall in love
  6. get in touch
  7. get to the bottom of something
  8. how’s it going?
  9. if all else fails, ….
  10. in all
  11. it’s a piece of cake!
  12. it’s not my kind of thing!
  13. learn by heart
  1. laugh one’s head off
  2. look like death warmed up
  3. look on the bright side
  4. long time, no see!
  5. keep cool – don’t lose your temper
  6. meet the deadline
  7. no rest/peace for the wicked!
  8. pull someone’s leg
  9. scared stiff
  10. slip the mind
  11. take for granted
  12. whereabouts (is it?)

pHRASAL vERBS + All of b1

  1. account for
  2. accuse of
  3. aim at
  4. approve of
  5. back up
  6. be down (fall / depress)
  7. be off (start a journey / gone bad)
  8. be out of
  9. belong to
  10. break out (start)
  11. bring on (cause, lead to)
  12. call for (require / collect
  13. someone/thing)
  14. call off (cancel)
  15. call on (visit)
  1. carry on
  2. cheer up
  3. clear up (tidy)
  4. count on
  5. come across
  6. cut down on
  7. deal with (do business with / do
  8. something about)
  9. face up to
  10. turn up
  11. get away with
  12. get behind
  13. get down
  14. get out of
  15. go on (happen / continue)
  1. go off (become bad/ of alarm – suddenly make a noise)
  2. go with (combine well with)
  3. grow up
  4. head for
  5. look up to
  6. look down on
  7. go off (go bad/explode)
  8. make out (manage to see or hear
  9. clearly)show up
  10. take after
  11. take up (a hobby)
  12. take to (like)
  13. turn out (produce)

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

  1. Newspaper language
  2. Verbs taking the infinitive:
  3. Verbs taking –ing:
  4. Collocations 
  1. Appearance:
  2. Crimes:
  3. Employment:
  4. Appearance and character: 
  1. Sports:
  2. Arts and crafts:
  3. Work:
  4. Cookery language: