B1 ENGLISH COURSE:

BASIC TO LOWER INTERMEDIATE LEVEL.

COURSE INFORMATION

The English lower intermediate level course (A2-B1) is a basic English level course which is mainly focused on improving, in general terms, all the different skills which are within a language: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening and its main aim is to achieve the level for A2-B1 official examinations.

As we all know, one week is not enough to achieve such an important and relevant aim, as A2-B1 level of any language is quite an interesting level, but students will learn the different strategies and procedures to take into account when facing this kind of exams. It is commonly known that there exists a huge range of available resources not only in internet, but also in millions of English books, but the main issue that we will work on is to decide which useful resources are and how to use them correctly in order to prepare an official exam, and to improve our level.

The course is focused on the different skills of the English language, taking into account different strategies, for example the steps we need to follow when facing a writing, or how to analyse a listening, working on scanning and skimming, among others… The best way to face a challenge, as it could be the achievement of the A2-B1 English level, is working on it developing the different skills using the best resources and strategies and at the same time, having fun with different people whose aim is the same as ours.

 

Have you ever been involved in this kind of activities? Having fun will be our main goal, a didactic atmosphere and good conditions for learning oral and written skills in a foreign language will be guaranteed.

Our goal is that you enjoy this experience, and you take advantage of sharing it with other people with same goals as you from different countries, cooperating on the same goal, fostering integration and diversity which allow you to learn not only a language, but also cultural aspects, which is something so enriching and motivating.

METHODOLOGY

The methodology of this course is focused in the development and achievement of the linguistic competence. We will work a foreign language and resolve the associated problems that may arise in translation and communication. We will not only work in linguistics troubles, but it would be also a useful feedback exercise for the instructors in identifying common grammatical problems that participants may have, while at the same time providing opportunity to practice using different formats.

 

The methodology is also focus on the practice of the different exercises of the exam, apart from achieving the different grammar aspects, and also, all official English tittles follow an structure, that is why we will work on following models examples of exams of the same tittle as you are preparing, getting the level required. Reading and writing exam models to prepare these two skills, and regarding the speaking and listening skills, every day conversation and dialogue will take place, encouraging everyone to speak, not only about common and daily issues, but also different uncommon topics as we mentioned before.

In the second part of the course, Real learning will take place, where students will have to face real communication situations, inside and also outside the classroom. When the course takes place in English speaking countries, our main goal will be to practice the language with outdoors activities, with native speakers, in real situations of everyday life: supermarkets, Post office, Train station…

Grammar aspects and all concepts which contains the A2-B1 English level will be practiced with different resources such as games or songs, which may be very useful to adapt them in our daily routine, when teaching contents to our students. As we all know, the promoting of new ways of teaching is something that we all should work on, that is why some new methods will be presented.

MAIN OBJECTIVES

According to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) the main objectives of A2-B1 level are:

-       To take part in a routine conversation on simple predictable topics.

-       Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).

-       To communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.

-       To describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

-       To be able to understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.

-       Can deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling in an area where the language is spoken.

-       To be able to produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.

-       To describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

 

Moreover, at the end of the course, participants will be able to:

·       Discuss your personal and professional hopes and dreams for the future.

·       Arrange a job interview and interview for a job in your area of expertise.

·       Talk about your television viewing habits and favourite programs.

·       Describe your education and your plans for future training.

·       Talk about your favourite music and music trends and plan a night out to listen to live music.

·       Talk about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and give and get advice about healthy habits.

·       Talk about relationships and dating, including meeting people through social media.

·       Go to a restaurant, order food, engage in polite dinner conversation and pay for your food.

·       Participate in negotiations in your area of expertise, if you have help understanding some points.

·       Discuss workplace safety issues, report an injury and explain rules and regulations.

·       Discuss polite behaviour and respond appropriately to impolite behaviour.

DAILY PROGRAMME

The course’s managers usually welcome participants on Sunday evening and give them all the course material. The main activities, instruction and practices will take place from Monday to Friday. On another note, participants will be involved in networking activities run by PMS ERASMUS PLUS during afternoon time, most likely on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. In these networking initiatives all the participants of the company courses during the same week will meet and network. Moreover, on Thursday all participants will be able to explain their own school and KA1 project to all participants and work all together to set up future eTwinnings or even KA2 projects. After that, all of them will have the possibility to enjoy with an optional activity to deepen in the searching of new partners, enjoying a great day full of motivating, gamification, creative, mindfulness and funny activities all together. Finally, in the last day, the students could have a test about knowing the English level they have acquired.

 

Furthermore, the students will have the opportunity to learn how to create a blog, working on the design and elaborate and organize the contents and management in order to show what they will learn during their academic course.

 

ACTIVITIES SCHEDULED:

  • Initial test whose aim to check the students level as a starting point.

  • Meeting and greeting.

  • Individual orientation and information about the venue and the city.

  • Reception of all course material.

  • Working with news. Relevant vocabulary and pronunciation.

  • Practice: Use of English.

  • Group activities to review the main concepts in an enjoyable way.

  • Final task presentation. Students present the projects.

  • Time for discussing dissemination strategies.

  • Course evaluation.

  • Presentation of participants’ works.

  • Releasing of official course certifications.

  • Participants departure.

 

COMPLEMENTARY ACTIVITIES OF THE COURSE:

  • READING:

- Practice READING in English by, for example, reading English websites, newspapers or magazines- look for subjects in English that interest you.

- Try to understand the meaning of words you don´t know. Look at the whole sentence, the paragraph and the context and try to think of possible meanings of the word.

- Practice highlighting words or phrases that you think are important for your answer.

  • WRITING:

- Practice writing in three stages:

- Plan what you want to write.

- Write your answer

- Check your writing/answer.

- Check your work to see if it is : Organised, appropiate, accurate and legible. The four main aspects to take into account.

- Important to create a previous planning notes before writing the task.

- Practice doing samples exams.

- Practice writing in English outside class, for example, writing reviews of films you have seen or books you have read, writing emails or messages to friends in English.

  • SPEAKING:

- Be prepared to talk about all the conversation subject areas.

- Think about what questions the examiner could ask about the different conversation subject areas.

  • LISTENING:

- Practice listening to recorded English.

- Try to listen to different devices such as radios or different podcast.

- Practice listening taking notes while you listen.

- And don’t try to write down and understand from the listening everything you hear, you don´t need 100% of the information.

 

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES DURING THE WEEK:

- Free cultural activities: Discovering the city and its cultural heritage. You will visit the city and in a second day the best museum of the city in a guided tour included in course fees.

- Networking activity: Presentation of your own school and your KA1 PROJECT: 5W's. WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY with all participants from the course and other structured courses of the company. 

- Networking activity:  Guided session to find your best partner for a future JOB SHADOWING and/or KA229 PROJECT.

- Optional Cultural package: it depends of the city where the course is running, PMS ERASMUS PLUS will offer an optional package just to encourage networking and to know much more about cultural and historical from the country where you stay.

- Optional lunch or dinner, it depends on the city. Networking activity to deepen the relationship between all participants.

 DATES 

B1 ENGLISH course will attend sessions during 2021 and 2022 in following dates:

 

2021:

SPAIN – ALICANTE:

  • From Sunday 11th July to Saturday 17th.

  • From Sunday 10th October to Saturday 16th. CONFIRMED!

FINLAND – HELSINKI:

  • From Sunday 15th August to Saturday 21st.

SPAIN – CANARY ISLANDS (TENERIFE):

  • From Sunday 29th August to Saturday 4th September.

ICELAND – REYKJAVÍK:

  • From Sunday 25th July to Saturday 31st.

  • From Sunday 22nd August to Saturday 28th.

  • From Sunday 17th October to Saturday 23rd.

IRELAND – DUBLIN:

  • From Sunday 1st August to Saturday 7th.

FINLAND – ROVANIEMI:

  • From Sunday 5th December to Saturday 11th.

 

2022:

SPAIN – ALICANTE:

-       From Sunday 20th February to Saturday 26th.

-       From Sunday 10th April to Saturday 16th.

-       From Sunday 10th July to Saturday 16th.

-       From Sunday 7th August to Saturday 13th.

-       From Sunday 9th October to Saturday 15th.

-       From Sunday 11th December to Saturday 17th.

ICELAND – REYKJAVÍK:

  • From Sunday 24th April to Saturday 30th.

  • From Sunday 24th July to Saturday 30th.

  • From Sunday 21st August to Saturday 27th.

  • From Sunday 16th October to Saturday 22nd.

FINLAND – HELSINKI:

  • From Sunday 27th February to Saturday 5th March.

  • From Sunday 14th August to Saturday 20th.

SPAIN – CANARY ISLANDS (TENERIFE):

  • From Sunday 17th April to Saturday 23rd.

  • From Sunday 28th August to Saturday 3rd September.

IRELAND – DUBLIN:

  • From Sunday 31st July to Saturday 6th August.

FINLAND – ROVANIEMI:

  • From Sunday 4th December to Saturday 10th.

COSTS AND ERASMUS FUNDING

The cost of the seven day course is 490€, including course fee, certification and support fee, cultural and sport activities in the city. You will also receive a certificate of attendance. The cost includes arrival on Sunday and departure on Saturday. The company offers an Optional cultural package to deepen in relationship between all participants.


The training course is tailored to be fully funded by Erasmus + to teachers, trainers, headmasters and any other staff of education organizations. Furthermore trainers can help in Key Action 1 Application to ensure that participants can get the grant and could be eligible to receive an Erasmus + grant that cover all the costs of the course.