Course Description:

The General English language courses to be offered at Ventspils University of Applied Sciences (VUAS) Summer School cover beginning, elementary, pre-intermediate, intermediate and upper-intermediate levels of speaking, listening, reading and writing in English, including grammar and vocabulary skills. These classes will allow students to develop the four skills in English Language in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) so that they can successfully communicate in the target language.


Course Material:

New English File (Oxford University Press)


Placement Test:

Students will be allocated to classes on the basis of their performance in placement tests that will be given by the course coordinators. The tests comprise reading, vocabulary and grammar components and each test takes 40 minutes to complete.


Student Progress Assessment:

Assessment activities involve exams that are designated to evaluate whether a student’s progress meets the learning objectives for that particular course. Students will be assessed by the course instructors via a mid-term (40%) and a final (60%) exam.






Level Expectations:




LEVEL 1 (A1.1 – A1.2)

Student can

•         communicate basic personal information to deal with everyday situations

•         write simple sentences on familiar topics

•         follow very simple instructions

•         read and extract information from short texts






LEVEL 2 (A2.1 – A2.2)

Student can

•         deal with more complex communication for problem solving in everyday life

•         write simple paragraphs dealing with factual matter and expressing opinions

•         understand and respond to questions in familiar situations

•         read, understand and interpret longer texts






LEVEL 3 (B1.1 – B1.2)

Student can

•         communicate reasonably comfortably in familiar situations and on some more abstract topics

•         write letters, short essays and articles

•         understand and respond to questions in most situations, including the unfamiliar

•         read, understand and interpret longer texts, newspaper articles and novels







LEVEL 4 (B2.1 – B2.2)






Student can

•         handle communication in most situations, using generally accurate linguistic resources

•         contribute comfortably to classroom interaction and discussions on a range of topics

•         write essays, research and present projects

•         read, understand and interpret longer, more complex texts on a variety of subjects

•         interact comfortably with native speakers, producing generally coherent discourse









Course Outcomes:

Upon completing the course, as appropriate to their ages and in accordance with their needs and interests, students are expected to be able to accomplish the following receptive and productive skills:

·         Reading: to be able to read and understand language and descriptions of topics from a variety of texts.

·         Writing: to be able to write describing people, places, feelings and experiences and to write about familiar topics.

·         Listening: to be able to understand familiar topics and be able to understand speech on a variety of subjects such as work, school, leisure and the main points when listening to current affairs.

·         Speaking: to be able to talk about familiar topics and to give explanations and reasons for opinions, past actions and future plans.

·         Grammar: to be able understand and apply the body of rules surrounding English grammar in everyday contexts, including the use of nouns, adjectives, verbs, prepositions, tenses, sentence structure and phrases.

·         Vocabulary: develop vocabulary connected with topics such as leisure, work and employment, entertainment, travel, home and money.