Intermediate 1 First Half
High quality ESL instruction to non-native speakers of English


This course introduces students to write a longer text and develop speaking ability in a longer conversation through focused topics. The class is taught using a student-centered communicative approach to English language learning. The total time of the course is 108 hours.


Class schedule TBD

Length of Study

12 Weeks (108 Hours)

Course Code

Reading & Writing (R201)
Listening & Speaking (C201)

Relevant Level

Low Intermediate


Students will be able to communicate with and understand Intermediate I level written, spoken, and aural English. Students read several articles, write various types of paragraphs about various topics introduced in class, and actively participate in class discussions. In this course, the focus is on improving students’ ability to understand written and spoken English, and understand and discuss various aspects of American culture and society. The core competencies of reading, writing, listening, and speaking will be given equal importance.


Students will …


- Read several articles in a textbook.


-Gather information and ideas to write various types of writing such as:

  • A descriptive paragraph about a current trend and why it is popular.
  • A proposal about the colors the student will use for a new business.
  • A paragraph in response to a question on an online discussion board.
  • An opinion paragraph about how to improve performance with technology.


- Listen to a various types of audio such as:

  • A podcast
  • A conversation
  • A nature program
  • A panel presentation
  • A radio program
  • A news report


-Gather information and ideas to

  • Create a survey about trends.
  • Give a presentation about the uses of color.
  • Give a presentation about manners.
  • Participate in a panel discussion about how technology affects our relationships.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of Intermediate I level (first half), students will be able to

  • Identify the main idea of a paragraph.
  • Identify supporting details.

  • Write a descriptive paragraph.
  • Support main ideas with examples.
  • Write an opinion paragraph.

  • Identify main ideas.
  • Identify cause and effect.
  • Identify specific information.

  • Ask for and give examples.
  • Give advice and make recommendations.
  • Ask for and give clarification.

  • Use interjections and intonation.
  • Use the schwa in unstressed syllables.
  • Connect final /s/ or /z/ sounds.
  • Link consonant sounds.

  • Use suffixes and prefixes to change word forms.
  • Use collocations and compound nouns correctly.
  • Use synonyms correctly.
  • Use verbs, nouns and adjectives from word families.

  • Use the present continuous correctly.
  • Use the future with will correctly.
  • Use subject-verb agreement correctly.
  • Use modals correctly.
  • Use the present continuous.
  • Use there’s and it’s correctly.
  • Use the modal verbs should and shouldn’t correctly.
  • Use comparative correctly