Intermediate 1
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 216 hours.


Class schedule TBD

Length of Study

12 Weeks (216 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.


- 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
  • A lecture
  • An interview
  • A talk
  • A follow-up discussion after watching a video


-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.
  • A plan for a successful family business.
  • A paragraph describing the steps of a process.
  • An opinion paragraph about nature in a city.
  • An explanatory paragraph about an illness.


-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.
  • Give a speech about family.
  • Develop and present an educational game.
  • Role-play an interview about surviving in an extreme environment.
  • Participate in a discussion about the importance of clean water.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of Intermediate I level, students will be able to

  • Identify the main idea of a paragraph.
  • Identify supporting details.
  • Identify the author’s purpose.
  • Identify claims and support.

  • Write a descriptive paragraph.
  • Support main ideas with examples.
  • Write an opinion paragraph.
  • Write a paragraph with unified ideas.
  • Describe a step-by-step process.
  • Use a variety of sentences.
  • Write an explanatory paragraph.

  • Identify main ideas.
  • Identify cause and effect.
  • Identify specific information.
  • Identify reasons and explanations.
  • Identify dates and other numbers.
  • Identify a speaker’s attitude.
  • Identify facts and opinions.

  • Ask for and give examples.
  • Give advice and make recommendations.
  • Ask for and give clarification.
  • Express opinions.
  • Give clear instructions.
  • Summarize information.
  • Participate in a group discussion.

  • Use interjections and intonation.
  • Use the schwa in unstressed syllables.
  • Connect final /s/ or /z/ sounds.
  • Link consonant sounds.
  • Use intonation in questions with or.
  • Use correct word stress in compound nouns.
  • Stress function words properly.

  • Use suffixes and prefixes to change word forms.
  • Use phrasal verbs correctly.
  • 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 comparative and superlative adjectives correctly.
  • Use the infinitive of purpose correctly.
  • Use the simple past and past continuous correctly.
  • Use adverbs of manner and degree correctly.
  • Use there’s and it’s correctly.
  • Use the modal verbs should and shouldn’t correctly.
  • Use auxiliary verbs in questions correctly.
  • Use if clauses for future possibility correctly.