English Conversation Workshop – Advanced level
Prerequisites : Self-Evaluation for Non-credit workshop at Advanced level:
• I understand most ideas delivered through various media. However, at times I do not comprehend idiomatic expressions and formal vocabulary.
•I can communicate my thoughts effectively on most subjects, but I need to expand my vocabulary and phrasal verbs in order to express more complex ideas.
•I have a good understanding of grammatical structures, but I believe I need to put my acquired knowledge into practice by speaking.
Duration: 25 hours
A variety of learning techniques, such as discussions, debates and presentations, will be used for oral
Material: There is no book required for this course. Photocopied material will be provided to students.
General Objectives :
This course aims to give students at the advanced level the opportunity to improve and practice their speaking and comprehension skills and to enrich their vocabulary, idiomatic expressions and phrasal verbs.
Through group discussions and debates, students will be able to interact with fluency and spontaneity.
They will gain further confidence as English speakers and will make interaction with native speakers
quite possible without strain for either party.
Emphasis will be placed on speaking skills and particular attention will be paid to the enrichment of
vocabulary, phrasal verbs and idiomatic expressions on a wide range of subjects.
The topics and subjects chosen are related to the workplace, the environment, the news, education,
culture, literature, health and relationships. The course focuses on refining the skills already acquired.
(Additional themes can be covered depending on the interests of the participants).
Specific objectives :
-Expressing main ideas of complex texts on both concrete and abstract topics
-Expressing viewpoints with reasons and explanations
-Giving advantages and disadvantages on various issues
-Presenting solutions to problems
-Expressing personal preference or experience
– Using the language for social, academic or professional situations
The course begins by introducing students to vocabulary enrichment and idiomatic expressions which
will assist them both in the conversations held in class and in their daily lives.
-Authentic material (TV broadcasts, podcasts …)
-Articles, short stories
-Extracts from films and novels