Spoken English - Intermediate Level

This course assumes that the participants understand basic English before they start the course, have a reasonable vocabulary and are able to speak in phrases that may or may not be grammatically correct. The objective of this course is to improve the students’ ability to converse comfortably in English by developing their vocabulary, their listening and comprehension skills, their fluency and confidence. Every lesson is interactive and the focus is on speaking and conversation, with very little discussion of the grammar that is typically taught in a language course. The class size will be limited to 8 students per instructor to give ample opportunity to every student to practice as well as get individual feedback from the instructor.

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The course is divided into three modules: Simple, Medium, and Complex. During the first module (Simple), students will learn to express themselves using easy, complete sentences on topics that are familiar to them such as their family, their personal information, their school and college, their daily activities, seasons and festivals, shopping, travel. At the end of the Simple Module, the students should be able to: engage in limited conversation on these everyday topics, ask simple questions, express basic facts and comprehend the main points of a short passage of 50-70 words.

During the next module (Medium), the students will gradually progress to conversation on harder topics and more nuanced grammatical expressions. The range of topics will include: small talk in formal and informal settings, taking and leaving messages, dealing with emergency situations, expressing likes and dislikes, preferences and needs, apologies, describing objects, places and people, common idioms and metaphors, homonyms and homophones. At the end of this module, the students should be able to start and keep a conversation going on a much wider range of topics, and be comfortable using present, past and future tenses, and incorporating adjectives and adverbs in their language. They should be able to ask and respond to questions on a wide range of topics. They should also be able to comprehend passages of about 100-150 words and restate the basic facts of the passage and ask and answer questions about it.

During the Complex Module, the focus will be on further building their listening and speaking skills by discussing more open-ended topics such as current news, life experiences, music, books, cinema, relationships, social issues, advice, ambitions. At the end of this module, students should be able to express opinions and state reasons, as well as agree or disagree with others’ reasons; they should be able to ask for and give advice; accept and reject ideas; comprehend passages of about 300 words (two paragraphs) and restate the essence of the passage, offer opinions on it, and ask and answer questions about it.

Student assessments are planned at the end of each module to measure their progress throughout the course.
The final 3-4 weeks of the course will be focused on Email etiquette and tips, and Job Interviewing skills.

Prerequisites & Course Duration

Expecations of students

Basic knowledge of English: some vocabulary, ability to understand and answer questions in English. There will be an assessment test to qualify students for this level vs the Beginner Spoken English .

Classes will be 90 minutes long and held 3 times a week. Approximate duration of the course will be 20-24 weeks.

    The class is completely interactive, so all students must participate to learn in this class. In addition,

  1. Students must commit to attending all the lessons for the full duration of each lesson, unless there is an emergency.
  2. The lessons will be via Zoom/Whatsapp. Students must be familiar with these applications and have data plans that allow them to attend the lessons in full (on their phones or laptops).
  3. Students must log on 5-10 minutes before the start of the class so lesson time is not spent on connectivity issues.
  4. Home work will be assigned after each lesson. Students must complete the homework and send it in before the next lesson.
  5. After the course, the students will be tested for satisfactory completion of the course and the students who complete satisfactorily will be refunded their deposit money.

Note: Material developed by: Vision-Aid and has been reviewed by experienced, professional teachers including teachers of English as a Second Language, and teachers of English at Graduate Level.

Are you interested in this training program? Please fill in this Google form with your details and we will add you to the waiting list for the course and contact you when the enrolment for the course next begins. Vision-Aid offers this course multiple times a year. Space in each course is limited,  and we encourage interested learners to fill out the form early so that they can be added to the wait list early.

Course Designers

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D. Sara Khosla

I am basically from Odisha. I born and brought up in Hyderabad and I did my entire education in Hyderabad itself and did my graduation in Mathematics, statistics and computer science .Since 2011 been associated with different development sectors contributing my service in various areas like Education, Health, Social security , Women Empowerment, Persons with disabilities empowerment. Work closely with state and district administration towards the improvement of the quality of life of a Rural and Urban Poor. I speak languages proficiently in English, Hindi , Telugu and odiya. I love travelling and explore new things.

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Paramesh Garimella

Paramesh Garimella has been serving on the Board of Vision-Aid for the past 15 years, right from its inception. He was the first President of Vision-Aid from 2005 to 2007 and then continued to serve as a board member. He is very passionate about the needs of the visually impaired because of his father’s low vision during his old age. When Ramakrishna Raju, the founder of Vision-Aid approached Paramesh to join Vision-Aid in 2005, he immediately accepted as it struck a chord with him. Paramesh Garimella is an IT professional and was working with Novartis Vaccines till 2018 before taking early retirement. He is now an independent IT consultant leveraging his experience from his consultancy days with PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM.
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Pallavi Deshpande

Pallavi Deshpande is currently serving as an America India Foundation Clinton Fellow at Vision Aid, Visakhapatnam. She graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a degree in Economics. At Vision Aid, she has been working with the Vision Aid Online Academy team to develop the platform and has designed two courses – Life Skills and Rights of Persons with Disabilities – during her time at the organization.

Trainers

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Justin

Justin with post graduation in Economics is an experienced trainer in Spoken English and is passionate about teaching Spoken English. He engages students in the class very well. Students look upto him, enjoy his teaching and look forward to his classes.

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