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Language Assistant Email Office hours for students
Timothy Clifford Bloom By appointment

Assigned to the Degree Course

Date Time Classroom / Location

Learning Objectives

The aim of the course is to bring students to a B1 level as described in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Students who plan to attend the course are expected to have already mastered the general language skills  that are described in the CEFR for levels A1 through A2.


The following language topics will be explored through reading, listening and speaking activities, as well as PowerPoint presentations and grammar exercises:


The present simple and continuous, action and non-action verbs; the present perfect and past simple; the past simple and past continuous;  the future forms: going to, will, the present continuous; comparatives and superlatives; articles (a, an, the and no article); gerunds and infinitives; defining relative clauses, have to and must.



Common verb phrases, spelling and numbers; describing people: appearance and personality; clothes, prepositions of time and place; holidays; verb phrases; airports; verbs + prepositions; expressions for paraphrasing; housework (make/do); shopping; time expressions; describing a town or a city; opposite verbs; verbs + back; adjectives + prepositions.



-  Final -s/-es; -ed endings; sentence stress and fast speech; word stress; sounding friendly; linking; sentence rhythm; weak forms of to; the letters ow; the letter i.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the language assistant in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the language assistant specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Teaching, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Course books

It is highly recommended that students purchase the following course pack: English File Digital Gold Pre-intermediate (A2/B1), fourth edition by Christina Latham-Koenig, Clive Oxenden and Jerry Lambert (Oxford University Press). The Digital Gold pack includes the student’s book, workbook (with key), e-book and online practice. ISBN 978-0-19-403634-4

The following grammar book, which will not be used in class, is suggested for students who need extra grammar revision and consolidation:  Oxford Grammar 360° with key and e-book, Oxford University Press.

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