Inglés - Nivel 3

BOOK USED: TOP NOTCH 2A

UNIT 1: Greetings and small talk

Communication Goals:

  • Get reacquainted with someone
  • Greet a visitor to your country
  • Discuss gestures and customs
  • Describe an interesting experiences

Vocabulary:

  • Tourist activities
  • Participial adjectives to describe experiences

Grammar:

  • The present perfect
  • Statements and yes / no questions
  • Form and usage
  • Past participles of irregular verbs
  • With already, yet, ever, and before
  • Common errors

GRAMMAR BOOSTER

  • The present perfect
  • Past participles: regular and irregular
  • Questions with What or Which
  • Yet and already: expansion
  • Ever, never, and before
  • Common errors

Conversation Strategies:

  • Use I don`t think so to soften a negative answer
  • Say I know! To exclaim that you`ve discovered an answer
  • Use Welcome to ____ to greet someone to a new place
  • Say That?s great to acknowledge someone?s positive experience

Listening/ Pronunciation:

Listening Skills:

  • Listen to associate
  • Listen for details

Pronunciation:

  • Sound reduction in the present perfect

Reading:

Texts:

  • A poster about customs
  • A magazine article about non-verbal communication
  • A geographical map
  • A photo story

Skills/strategies

  • Identify supporting details
  • Personalize information

Writing:

Task:

  • Write a description of a fascinating, strange, thrilling, or frightening experience

WRITING BOOSTER

  • Avoiding run-on sentences

UNIT 2: Movies and entertainment

Communication Goals:

  • Apologize for being late
  • Discuss preferences for movie genres
  • Describe and recommend movies
  • Discuss effects of movie violence on viewers

Vocabulary:

  • Explanations for being late 
  • Movie genres
  • Phrases to describe preferences
  • Adjectives to describe movies

Grammar:

  • The present perfect
  • With for and since
  • Other uses
  • Would rather  + base form
  • Form and usage
  • Statements, questions, and answers
  • Common errors

GRAMMAR BOOSTER

  • The present perfect continuous
  • The present participle: spelling
  • Expressing preferences: review

Conversation Strategies:

  • Apologize and provide a reason when late
  • Say That?s fine to reassure
  • Offer to repay someone with How much do I owe?
  • Use What would you say to ____? To propose an idea
  • Soften a negative response with To tell you the truth...

Listening/ Pronunciation:

  • Listening Skills:
  • Listen for main ideas
  • Listen to infer meaning
  • Dictation

Pronunciation:

  • Reduction of h

Reading:

Texts:

  • A movie website
  • Movie reviews
  • A textbook excerpt about violence in movies
  • A photo story

Skills/strategies:

  • Confirm content
  • Evaluate ideas

Writing:

Task:

  • Write an essay about violence in movies and on TV

WRITING BOOSTER

  • Paragraphs
  • Topic sentences

UNIT 3: Staying in Hotels

Communication Goals:

  • Check into a hotel
  • Leave and take a telephone message
  • Request hotel housekeeping services
  • Choose hotels and explain reasons for choices

Vocabulary:

  • Hotel room types and features
  • Hotel services
  • Hotel room amenities and services

Grammar:

  • Had better
  • Usage
  • Vs. should
  • Contradictions
  • The future with will
  • Form and usage
  • Contradictions
  • Obligation: have to / must
  • Suggestions and advice: could / should / ought to / had better
  • Expectation: be supposed to
  • Will: other uses; vs. be going to

Conversation Strategies:

  • Say Let?s see to indicate you?re checking information
  • Make a formal, polite request with May I ___?
  • Say Here you go when handing someone something
  • Use By the way... to introduce new information
  • Say Would you like to leave a message? If someone isn?t available

Listening/ Pronunciation:

Listening Skills:

  • Listen to take phone messages
  • Listen for main ideas
  • Listen for details

Pronunciation:

  • Contradictions with will

Reading:

Texts:

  • A hotel website
  • Phone message slips
  • A hotel guide book
  • A city map
  • A photo story

Skills/strategies:

  • Draw conclusions
  • Identify supporting details
  • Interpret a map

Writing:

Task:

  • Write a paragraph explaining the reasons for choosing a hotel

WRITING BOOSTER

  • Avoiding sentence fragments with because or since

UNIT 4: Cars and Driving

Communication Goals:

  • Describe a car accident
  • Report a problem with a car
  • Rent a car
  • Discuss good and bad driving

Vocabulary:

  • Car types
  • Car parts
  • Ways to show concern
  • Causes of car accidents
  • Phrasal verbs for talking about cars
  • Aggressive driving behavior

Grammar:

  • The past continuous
  • Form and usage
  • Vs. the simple past tense
  • Direct objects with phrasal verbs

GRAMMAR BOOSTER

  • The past continuous: other uses
  • Nouns and pronouns: review

Conversation Strategies:

  • Express concern about another?s condition after an accident
  • Express relief when hearing all is OK
  • Use Only to minimize the seriousness of situation
  • Use actually to soften negative information
  • Empathize with I?m sorry to hear that

Listening/ Pronunciation:

Listening Skills:

  • Listen to summarize
  • Listen to infer outcomes
  • Listen for main ideas

Pronunciation:

  • Stress of particles in phrasal verbs

Reading:

Texts:

  • A rental car brochure
  • Rental car case studies
  • A feature article about defensive driving
  • A driving behaviour survey
  • A photo story

Skills/strategies:

  • Understand from context
  • Critical thinking

Writing:

Task:

  • Write a paragraph comparing good and bad drivers

WRITING BOOSTER

  • Connecting words and sentences: and, in addition, furthermore, and therefore

UNIT 5: Personal care and appearence

Communication Goals:

  • Ask for something in a store
  • Request salon services
  • Discuss ways to improve one?s appearance
  • Define and discuss the meaning of beauty

Vocabulary:

  • Salon services
  • Personal care products
  • Ways to discuss beauty

Grammar:

  • Indefinite quantities and amounts
  • Some and any
  • A lot of, many, and much
  • Indefinite pronouns: someone / no one / anyone 

GRAMMAR BOOSTER

  • Some and any: indefiniteness
  • Too many, too much, and enough
  • Indefinite pronouns: something, anything, and nothing

Conversation Strategies:

  • Use Excuse me to initiate a conversation with salesperson
  • Confirm information by repeating it with rising intonation
  • Use Not at all to show you don?t mind an inconvenience

Listening/ Pronunciation:

Listening Skills:

  • Listen to summarize
  • Listen to take notes

Pronunciation:

  • Pronunciation of unstressed vowels

Reading:

Texts:

  • A hotel spa advertisement
  • A health advice column
  • A photo story

Skills/strategies:

  • Predict
  • Confirm content
  • Apply information

Writing:

Task:

  • Write a letter on how to improve appearance

WRITING BOOSTER

  • Writing a formal letter