This book is the first of four that compose a series designed to comply with the update of the syllabi for the program of the subject Lengua Adicional al Espanol (English). This subject corresponds to the curriculum of the General Baccalaureate 2009 program which incorporates a competence based approach, established by the Common Curricular Framework or CCF (Marco Curricular Comun, MCM in Spanish).
English 1 is one of the subjects that belong to the communication area of the curriculum, along with two other subjects: Taller de Lectura y Redaction (Spanish Reading and Composition) and Informatica (Computing). According to the CCF, the areas main objective is to promote in students the development of the following skills: critical reading, argumentation of ideas, effective communication in the students native language and an additional language (in this case, English).
This subject is taught in the first semester and its antecedent is the subject Foreign Language taught in the basic education level («secundaria”). Its purpose is to increase and consolidate the social practices of language, this is, what the expert users of the language do to interpret and produce oral and written texts, preserving the social function of such acts. The four courses of the English program focused on the competence based approach, don’t ignore previous approaches, specially the communicative approach, which has been one of the most relevant ones.
The main goal of English 1 is to develop the communicative competence of the second language student by developing linguistic communicative skills: oral and written production and listening and reading comprehension.
This book is divided into four blocks.
Each one develops a particular theme, which is common in the life of our students and is developed in specific contexts where communication and the use oflanguage are performed naturally. In this way, the student develops his or her proficiency by acquiring new vocabulary, reinforcing the knowledge of grammar structures learned previously and by developing linguistic skills with appropriate practice and evaluation.
The blocks are the following.
BLOCK 1: Who Are You?
BLOCK 2: What I Do and how I Live
BLOCK 3: I Describe what Is Happening
BLOCK 4: Expressing Measurements and Quantities
Block 1: The main objective in this block is for students to demonstrate that they can provide personal information to others, understand when others provide their own personal information and fill out authentic formats and documents that require this type of data.
Block 2: In this block, students confirm their capacity to express and share information about their daily life and routines and are able to express this orally and in writing.
Block 3: The goal of this block is to demonstrate that students can understand and describe orally and in writing, what people are doing at the moment of speaking.
Block 4: The main objective of this block is to provide students with the knowledge and opportunities to demonstrate that they can ask for and give information related to shopping for supermarket goods appropriately.
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