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Promising B1 in English language

Upper-Intermediate is a slightly different level than a standard Intermediate. While both levels have limitations in speech and understanding, students are often capable of speaking about familiar topics. These are CEFR B1 and B2. At the first sight, B1 appears to be a low level but it offers proficiency essential for everyday English.

B1 is a very promising development stage. B1 level means that students can describe their experiences and needs, for example: they know how to order a meal at a restaurant, can ask for clothes of their size and know how to ask for directions.

Limitations are rather in vocabulary. In most cases, B1 learners need subtitles when they watch an English movie or document but they follow simple storylines and understand the overall meaning of given information.

Practice makes the master – or at least B2

B1 English

Intermediate ESL lessons not only teach words but in most cases, they give English blocks or chunks. Language chunks are patterns of words ready to use at once. They make spoken and written language more natural and native-like.

B2 users are ready to memorize and later on use correctly connotations, pronouns and phrasal verbs – something that lower levels are not yet capable of.

Crucial part of learning process is to realize that students themselves can and should expand their word bank. Listening to podcasts may be more effective than simply memorizing words by heart because the first method includes students personal interests.

As teachers, we can observe that students are more devoted to doing something they like or at least can match it to their own experience.

Understanding and control

Higher levels of proficiency often mention thinking in foreign language. This is a very
powerful practice. When students form English constructions and sentences in their mind it
means they no longer need to translate it from native tongue to target language. This is the
real fluency. B2 are known in CEFR as school Upper-Intermediate and this level offers more
possibilities than only everyday English. B2 levels are students who operated on
Intermediate ESL lessons and gained fluency. Believe it or not but B2 is a level that most
employers accept at their workplace. It is also enough to begin life in an English speaking
country. This level is sometimes underestimated but its a very good basis.

Arguments and accents

Intermediate ESL lessons are based on speaking. Once students have knowledge, they
need practice to gain confidence in all language skills. The most tricky is accent because
many students feel that the way they speak is not good enough. You as a teacher can help
them by phonetic lessons, podcasts and of course classroom practice.

One of the ideas is to convince students to speak with native speakers via internet. Its easy, fun and may be as effective as eventually leading to some friendships. As for classroom speaking practice, pair-work is a good start. Many students are not confident enough to participate in discussions.

However, you may be surprised how even students you consider shy enjoy taking part in brainstorming. Brainstorming is giving one idea, one word even which shy students dont usually mind giving. The more interesting and thought-provoking the topic is, the more students will join. Can you handle their energy and creativity?

B1 students along with B2 students are very special because their potential is enormous and they just need to be guided in order to develop fully. Through practice and self – determination, Intermediate and Upper – Intermediate become Advanced. And make you proud.

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