Come back to (American) English at IIE – Summer course for High Levels

June 28 to July 21 – Mondays and Wednesdays from 16:00-18:00

16-hour summer minicourse

Often, when teachers at IIE ask our higher-level students what they are most in need of to improve their English, the answers we get are “more vocabulary” or “more grammar”.

It is true that expanding your range of vocabulary is essential. Also, our students could benefit from more accurately using a fuller range of grammatical structures when speaking English. However, the fact is that there is much more to having a good conversation with your English-speaking clients, colleagues, or friends.

Please join me here at the Institute this July for my new “American English” summer minicourse, Conversation strategies for high level students. Of course, you will have plenty of opportunities to learn new vocabulary and improve your grammar; however, we will also work on more general speaking skills.

Conversation tip: how to express shades of opinion and uncertainty

Spanish speakers who are learning English tend to overuse the expression “it depends”, when answering complex questions. To the listener in a long discussion, the repetitive use of “it depends” can become a little irritating. Fortunately, there are plenty of easy-to-remember expressions to add variety when expressing shades of opinion and uncertainty in your conversations:

“It’s likely true.”

“That might be the case.”

“It’s conceivable that…”

“It’s possible, but unlikely because…”

“It’s doubtful.”

In each class we will practice different strategies

We will have a lot of fun discussing the most important topics that concern the world that we live in. You can enroll in the course here. Students must have at least a B2 level. If you are uncertain of your level, please take our free placement test here. After the written test one of our teachers will contact you to schedule the speaking test.

See you next week!

Ben Smith

Director, North American Language and Culture Program

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