By: Joanne Abos-Padilla Velásquez.
* Paper 1: Reading
Detailed understanding of a text (expression of opinion, attitude, purpose, main idea, detail, tone and gist)
Recognize meaning from context and follow text organization features, such as exemplification, comparison and reference.
Follow the development of a long text.(Cohesion and coherence)
Locating specific information and detail, and recognizing opinion and attitude, in one long text or a group of short texts.
* Paper 2: Writing
Testing ability to respond to a letter or email, and accompanying notes.
Testing ability to write an article or an informal letter or a report or a composition.
* Paper 3: Use of English
* Paper4: Listening
Testing the candidates’ ability to listen for gist, detail, function, purpose, attitude, opinion, relationship, topic, place, situation, genre, agreement, etc. in a series of unrelated short texts.
Ability to listen for specific words or phrases focusing on detail, specific information and stated opinion, from a single long text, and produce written answers by completing gappedsentences.
Testing the candidates’ ability to listen for opinion and attitude, expressed in gist, main idea, and specific information, and based on one long text.
* Paper 5: Speaking
Giving personal information
Talking about present circumstances
Talking about past experience
Talking about future plans
Expressing opinions through comparing and contrasting
Exchanging information and opinionsExpressing and justifying opinions
Agreeing and/or disagreeing
Unit | Name | Vocabulary |
1 | Fashion Matters | Appearance and clothing Phrasal verbs |
2 | Only for needs | ComputersCompound nounsPositive and negative adjectives |
3 | Going Places | Travel and holidaysVerb-noun collocationsExpressions with doPrepositions of location |4 | Our four-legged friends | Animals and petsCompound adjectivesExpressions with time |
5 | Fear and loathing | FearIrregular verbs |
6 | What if? | Winning Phrases with inParts of speech |
7 | Life’s too short | SportPhrases expressing likes and dislikes |
8 | Downshifting | JobsWord formationExpressions with getPhrasal verbs with get |
9 | The hard shell | Products andpromotionAdjective – nounCollocations |
10 | The final frontier | SpaceSignposting words in textsPhrases with at |
11 | Like mother, like daughter | Personality-ed/-ing adjectivesPhrasal verbs |
12 | A great idea | Inventions Verb collocations |
13 | Education for life | School and educationExpressions with make |
14 | Career moves | The workplaceNegative prefixesExpressions with allAll/the whole |15 | Too many people? | The environmentWord formationExpressions with uncountable nouns |
16 | Good, plain cooking | FoodPrepositions of time |
17 | Collectors and creators | HobbiesPhrases with lookPhrasal verbs with look |
18 | What’s in a book | Books Phrasal verbs with come and go |
19 | An apple a day … | The bodyIt’s timePhrases with on |
20 | No place to hide | CrimeVerbs with achange in meaning: try, stop, regret, remember, forget, mean, go on |
21 | To have and have not | MoneyGoods and servicesAdjective – nounCollocationsPhrasal verbs with cut |
22 | A little night music | Music and concerts |
23 | Unexpected events | The natural worldPhrasal verbs with offVerb – nounCollocations |
24 | Priceless or worthless | ArtVerb collocationsConfusable words |
25 |Urban decay, suburban hell | City lifeWords with upWords with re- |
26 | Getting around | Means of transportPhrases with get |
27 | Material girl | Famous peoplePhrasal verbs and expressions |
28 | Sense and sensitivity | ColourVerbs/adjectives with prepositionsPhrasal verbs with out |
29 | Newshounds | The mediaEnglish Idioms |
30 | Anything for laugh | Humour |