General
& Business English
- CEFR Level B2

Grammar

  1. it’s time/it’s high time / it’s about time + past tense
  2. linking words
  3. clauses of purpose (to / in order to / so that)
  4. countable/uncountable (special cases – wine / wines)
  5. the passive (review + get for informal use)
  6. causative verbs (revision of have / get something done)
  7. adverbs (manner / place /time / frequency / degree)
  1. contrasting conjunctions (but / however /
  2. despite / in spite of / although / even though) (review)
  3. future continuous (review)
  4. future perfect
  5. modals (review)
  6. gerunds and infinitives (revision and verbs
  7. used with both but with change of meaning –
  8. try / regret / remember / stop / go on / mean)
  1. reported speech (review)
  2. be (progressive forms “you’re being
  3. stupid”)
  4. prepositions (review)
  5. word formation (from ‘root’ word)
  6. didn’t need to / needn’t have – contrast ’d rather / ’d better – contrast
  7. verb + prepositions
  8. nouns + prepositions

Vocabulary + all of b1+

  1. false friends (sensible/sensitive – actually/currently, etc.)
  2. geographical descriptions
  1. technology and tools
  2. marketing
  3. banking
  1. politics
  2. understanding newspaper language (using ‘authentic’ material)

Functions

  1. advising and warning
  2. stating an opinion
  3. persuading
  4. writing letters of complaint
  5. writing business letters
  6. writing letters requesting information
  7. writing letters of application
  8. writing summaries
  9. writing a speech
  10. graph description
  1. note-taking
  2. describing a photo
  3. compositions in general
  4. preparing a CV/Resumé
  5. giving advice
  6. writing articles from headlines
  7. account for and sustain opinions in a discussion, providing relevant explanations, arguments and comments
  1. explaining a viewpoint on a topical issue, giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options
  2. explaining an argument, making it clear that the counterpart must make a concession
  3. speculate about causes, consequences, hypothetical situations
  4. correcting mistakes if they’ve led to misunderstandings

Useful Expressions

  1. at loggerheads
  2. on a shoestring
  3. be on cloud nine
  4. be long-winded
  5. be hard up
  6. be in a fix
  7. be in a tight corner
  8. be set in one’s ways
  9. can’t be bothered
  10. come again?
  11. come off it!
  12. come on!
  13. dirt cheap
  14. down in the dumps
  15. find (something) heavy-going
  16. from day one/scratch
  17. get off to a good/bad start 
  18. give someone the cold shoulder
  1. catch 22
  2. get on one’s nerves
  3. going great guns
  4. go to great lengths
  5. it goes without saying, …
  6. i need it yesterday
  7. it should be a two-way street
  8. it will never fly
  9. have a change of heart
  10. have one’s head in the clouds
  11. have one’s head screwed on
  12. high-flyer
  13. keep up with the joneses
  14. jump in with both feet
  15. light at the end of the tunnel
  16. lay cards on the table
  17. let the cat out of the bag
  18. live and let live
  1. make a go of something
  2. to moonlight
  3. on the brink
  4. once in a blue moon
  5. out of turn
  6. paint the town red
  7. pay through the nose
  8. put one’s foot down
  9. put one’s mind to …
  10. put one’s back up
  11. put two and two together
  12. spread like wildfire
  13. two heads are better than one
  14. turn a hair
  15. turn over a new leaf
  16. watch one’s step
  17. wear the trousers

pHRASAL vERBS + All of b1+

  1. be up (of time)
  2. be up to
  3. break out
  4. break up (from school)
  5. break up (relationships)
  6. bring about (cause to happen)
  7. bring in (a law)
  8. blow up
  9. build up (strength / business / housing)
  10. carry out (a survey/work/an/experiment)
  11. catch on (understand / become popular)
  12. change one’s mind
  13. check up on
  14. come across (find unexpectedly)
  15. come round (regain consciousness / visit)
  16. come up (happen unexpectedly)
  17. come up with
  18. come up against
  19. crack down
  20. cut down on
  21. cut off (disconnected / become isolated)
  22. do away with
  1. fill up
  2. fit in
  3. freshen up
  4. get by (manage)
  5. get on (progress)
  6. go far
  7. go through (experience / review)
  8. go without
  9. help oneself to
  10. keep up with
  11. knock over
  12. lay off
  13. let down
  14. let off (steam)
  15. move on to (something else)
  16. pass out (faint)
  17. put off (distract / postpone)
  18. put up
  19. put up with
  20. run across/into (happen to meet/find)
  21. run down (criticise)
  22. run over
  23. see through
  24. set off (leave)
  25. do without
  1. drink up 
  2. drop off
  3. end up
  4. set up
  5. show off
  6. slip up
  7. sort out (a problem)
  8. stand by (support / be in reserve)
  9. stand up to/for
  10. stop off (break a journey)
  11. sum up
  12. take after
  13. take back (retract)
  14. take down (write)
  15. take on (staff / work, responsibilities)
  16. take over
  17. talk at cross purposes
  18. talk rubbish
  19. talk shop
  20. tidy up
  21. turn down (refuse)
  22. turn up (appear)
  23. wear out (person / clothes)
  24. work out (a problem)
  25. wrap up (a meeting)

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

  1. Prepositions + noun:
  2. Noun + preposition:
  3. Adjective + preposition:
  4. Other Collocations: 
  5. Describing people:
  1. Describing feelings:
  2. Describing clothes:
  3. Describing jobs:
  4. Work: 
  1. Weather:
  2. Stock phrases:
  3. Proverbs:
  4. Similes and metaphors: