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Course Descriptions

Description of General English Courses at Olivet

The table below shows what a typical learner will be able to do by the end of each course.

Speaking and Listening Skills Reading Skills Writing Skills
Will be able to advise on or talk about complex or sensitive issues, understand colloquial references and deal confidently with questions. Will be able to understand documents, correspondence and reports, including the finer points of complex texts. Will be able to write letters on any subject and write full notes of meetings or seminars with good expression and accuracy.
Will be able to contribute effectively to meetings and seminars within own area of work or keep up a casual conversation with a good degree of fluency, coping with abstract expressions. Will be able to read quickly enough to cope with an academic course, read the media for information or to understand non-standard correspondence. Will be able to prepare or draft professional correspondence, take reasonably accurate notes in meetings or write an essay that shows a good ability to communicate.
Upper Intermediate
Will be able to follow or give a talk on a familiar topic or keep up a conversation on a fairly wide range of topics. Will be able to scan texts for relevant information, and understand detailed instructions or advice. Will be able to make notes while someone is talking or write a letter that includes making non-standard requests.
Will be able to express opinions on abstract and cultural matters in a limited way or offer advice within a known area, and understand instructions including public announcements. Will be able to understand routine information and articles, and the general meaning of non-routine information within a reasonably familiar area. Will be able to write letters or make notes on familiar or predictable matters with reasonable accuracy.
Low intermediate
Will be able to express simple opinions or requirements in a familiar context. Will be able to understand straightforward information within a known area, such as on products and signs and simple textbooks or reports on familiar matters. Will be able to complete forms and write short simple letters or postcards related to personal information.
Will be able to understand basic instructions or take part in basic factual conversations on a predictable topic. Will be able to understand basic notices, instructions or information. Will be able to complete basic forms, and write notes including times, dates and places.
Will be able to recognise and produce simple phrases and respond to basic questions. Will be able to understand common vocabulary and basic information in simple contexts or familiar topics. Will be able to complete simple basic notes or responses to simple questions about familiar topics.

Adapted from:
British Council – EAQUALS (2010)
Core Inventory for General English
ISBN: 978-086355-653-1

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