General
& Business English
- CEFR Level B1

Grammar

  1. ‘always’ with present continuous*
  2. “used to” and would* (for past habits, routines and states)
  3. be/get used to + ing
  4. passive (present simple, past simple, present perfect, future simple)
  5. conditionals (zero, first (review) and second/introducing third conditional*)
  6. if, when, unless
  7. would for imaginary situations
  8. wish (wish + past simple – regrets about now)
  9. would you mind/like + -ing?
  10. gerunds and infinitives
  11. present perfect progressive
  12. present perfect simple vs. present perfect progressive
  13. past perfect simple and progressive
  14. indirect questions with know, wonder etc.
  1. relative clauses (defining/non defining or extra information clauses)
  2. adjectives (-ed/-ing endings) (review)
  3. had better (with plain infinitive)
  4. reported speech (requests / reporting verbs and their various patterns – e.g. agree to, remind someone to, suggest that, accuse of, deny + ing, refuse to, etc.)
  5. verbs with two objects
  6. tell and say
  7. reflexive pronouns
  8. connectors: although, even though, however, in case, despite, in spite of
  9. make, do and let
  10. word formation (from ‘root’ word)
  11. ‘echo’ questions
  12. neither … nor / either … or / both ..and
  13. so (do i) / neither / nor (do i) as /like / such as
  1. look / look like, feel / feel like, sound / sound like, taste / taste like, smell /smell like
  2. modals – general overview + specific situations as listed ahead
  3. may / might (possibility)
  4. drawing conclusions in the present (must / can’t / might / could)
  5. obligation (have to / to be obliged to/to be supposed to / need to)
  6. permission (can /to be allowed to)
  7. prohibition (can’t /not to be allowed)
  8. general ability in the past (could / couldn’t)
  9. when something was possible on a specific occasion in the past (was / were able to, meaning managed to)
  10. general ability and specific occasions (couldn’t)

Vocabulary + all of a2

  1. entertainment
  2. sports
  3. interests and free time
  4. childhood
  5. travel
  1. monuments and wonders around the world
  2. books and movies
  3. work / school careers
  4. tourism
  1. pollution and the environment
  2. town and country life
  3. health
  4. internet language

Functions

  1. talking about obligations, possibility and ability
  2. making predictions
  3. making suggestions
  4. apologizing
  5. giving advice, giving instructions
  6. imagining and hypothesizing
  7. offering, inviting, refusing
  1. describing education, qualifications and skills
  2. describing a photo
  3. drawing simple conclusions and making simple recommendations
  4. criticizing and complaining
  5. writing a description of someone
  6. writing a story
  1. writing simple letters / emails (both formal and informal)
  2. discussing advantages / disadvantages
  3. making arrangements
  4. expressing (in)ability in the past
  5. social conventions in English speaking countries

Useful Expressions

  1. didn’t catch (what you said)
  2. a fish out of water
  3. be in a jam
  4. be keen on
  5. be up to your eyes (in work)
  6. better late than never
  7. can/can’t tell (understand/recognise)
  8. can’t stand
  9. dead-end job
  10. drive one mad/crazy
  1. drop (someone at a place)
  2. feel under the weather
  3. foot the bill
  4. for a change
  5. get to the point
  6. go mad
  7. go round in circles
  8. go round the bend
  9. have time off
  10. hit the roof / lose your temper
  1. it’s (my) turn
  2. know like the back of your hand
  3. let your hair down
  4. look on the bright side
  5. make head or tail of
  6. make up your mind
  7. mind your own business
  8. on the dot
  9. shake hands
  10. talk shop

pHRASAL vERBS + All of A2

  1. be about to
  2. be back
  3. be fed up with
  4. break down (stop working)
  5. break in / into (enter a building to steal something)
  6. bring up (look after and educate)
  7. bump into
  8. call back
  9. call for
  10. carry on
  11. carry out (an order)
  12. catch up (with)
  13. close down
  14. come back
  1. depend on
  2. fall out
  3. fall through
  4. find out
  5. get away
  6. get back (receive back)
  7. get on with
  8. get over
  9. get rid of
  10. give back
  11. go through
  12. knock down
  13. let down
  14. make up (invent)
  15. make up for (compensate for)
  1. pick up (tickets, children, a
  2. language)
  3. pull down
  4. pull out / in / over / up (car)
  5. put off (a meeting)
  6. put out (a fire / cigarette)
  7. run out of
  8. see off
  9. set up
  10. send off for
  11. slow down
  12. take over
  13. take on (hire, work, responsibility)
  14. turn down

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

  1. Describing people:
  2. Pollution and the environment:
  3. Travel:
  4. Towns:
  5. Country:
  6. Health: 
  7. Collocations:
  1. Everyday problems:
  2. News vocabulary:
  3. Adjectives:
  4. Verbs forming –ing / -ed adjectives:
  5. Verbs:
  6.  Describing things:
  1. Prepositional phrases and prepositions to be used with nouns, verbs and adjectives:
  2. Human sounds:
  3. The body and what it does:
  4. Sports: