General
& Business English
- CEFR Level C1

Grammar

  1. emphatic structures (e.g. no sooner had i…/under no circumstances must you… so thick was the fog, that …)
  2. the future in the past
  3. adverb/verb collocations (e.g. strongly recommended/greatly appreciated/categorically denied etc.)
  4. modals (review)
  1. conditionals (revision and variations / mixed e.g. “were to” in type 2 to express remote responsibility etc.)
  2. the use of “ever” for emphasis (whatever, whenever, however, whoever etc.)
  3.  idioms (revision of those taught at previous levels + as many other
  1. commonly used idioms as possible)
  2. phrasal verbs (revision of those taught at previous levels + as many other commonly used phrasal verbs as possible)
  3. connectors and cohesive devices

Vocabulary + all of b2

  1. Life experiences and lifestyles
  2. Books and literature
  3. Money and business
  4. News and current affairs 
  1. Global issues
  2. Technology
  3. Scientific developments 
  1. Vague language
  2. Colloquial expressions
  3. Idiomatic expressions

Functions

  1. describing graphs and data
  2. describing a working environment or situation
  3. describing a photo (N.B. essential for the second part of the oral paper)
  4. giving opinions (for and against)
  5. analysing differences
  6. criticizing and praising
  1. recommending
  2. writing references
  3. writing reports
  4. understanding live broadcasts
  5. presenting a company, product or service
  6. preparing a cv along with a letter of application
  1. understanding of newspaper language (the study of authentic material, e.g. newspaper / magazine articles, is strongly recommended.)
  2. talking about politics and bureaucratic language
  3. dealing with the unexpected

Useful Expressions

  1. face / body: e.g. put your foot in it
  2. clothes: e.g. fit like a glove
  3. building: e.g. talk to the wall
  4. driving: e.g. take a back seat
  5. colours: e.g. see red
  6. eating: e.g. bite off more than you can chew
  1. life and death: e.g. look like death warmed up
  2. animal: e.g. I smell a rat
  3. mind: e.g. give someone a piece of your mind
  4. mood: e.g. be over the moon
  1. numbers: e.g. be on cloud nine
  2. temperature: e.g. a hot potato
  3. train: e.g. a one-track mind
  4. water: e.g. a drop in the ocean
  5. etc.

pHRASAL vERBS + All of b2

  1. aim at
  2. answer to
  3. back down
  4. back out of (withdraw from an agreement, etc.)
  5. back up (help and support)
  6. barge in
  7. be carried away (with emotion)
  8. be down with (caught an illness)
  9. blare out (music)
  10. black out (lose consciousness)
  11. blow over (of storm)
  12. bottle up (feelings)
  13. branch out (develop in new areas)
  14. bring forward (arrange to have earlier)
  15. brush up (improve skill)
  16. burst out (laughing)
  17. come down on (criticise)
  18. come in (useful)
  19. come into (inherit)
  20. come out (stain / news / secret / sun)
  21. coop up
  1.  crack down
  2. crack up
  3. crop up
  4. dawn on
  5. did up (discover)
  6. do away with
  7. drag on
  8. ease off
  9. fall off (decrease)
  10. feel up to
  11. fish for
  12. flare up
  13. fool …. into
  14. go down (of news)
  15. go for (attack)
  16. go under (of a company)
  17. head for
  18. hit it off
  19. hit on (idea)
  20. jump at
  21. laugh off
  22. keep off (subject / rain or snow / not eat)
  1. kick up (a fuss)
  2. live down
  3. liven up
  4. make out (pretend)
  5. open up (talk openly)
  6. own up
  7. play down
  8. rule out
  9. shop around
  10. sift through
  11. simmer down
  12. sink in
  13. slip out
  14. step up
  15. storm out
  16. strip down
  17. tail back
  18. tip off
  19. tone down
  20. water down
  21. while away (time)
  22. wind down

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

  1. Subtle’ meanings:
  2. Verbs connected to the body:
  3. Proverbs: 
  1. Similes and metaphors:
  2. Binomials:
  3. Text organisers: 
  1. Commonly confused words:
  2. Collocations:
  3. Newspaper language