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A2 Course

Course Code A2
Course duration (face-to-face) 48 hours
Prerequisites Placement test Level 2 / Course Level 1
Text Book CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH EMPOWER - Adrian Doff, Craig Thaine, Herbert Puchta, Jeff Stranks, Peter Lewis-Jones

Text Book Description

Cambridge English Empower is a general adult course that combines course content from Cambridge University Press with validated assessment from the experts at Cambridge English Language Assessment.

The Elementary Student's Book gives learners an immediate sense of purpose and clear learning objectives. It provides core grammar and vocabulary input alongside a mix of skills. Speaking lessons offer a unique combination of functional language, pronunciation and conversation skills, alongside video filmed in the real world. Each unit ends with a consolidation of core language from the unit and focuses on writing within the context of a highly communicative mixed-skills lesson. This version of the Student's Book does not provide access to the video, assessment package and online workbook. A version with full access is available separately.

Course Descriptors

    The course is designed according to the CEFR language descriptors below, and students at this level:
  • Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
  • Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
  • Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
  • Can understand enough to be able to meet needs of a concrete type provided speech is clearly and slowly articulated.
  • Can understand short, simple texts on familiar matters of a concrete type which consist of high frequency every day or job-related language
  • Can understand short, simple texts containing the highest frequency vocabulary, including a proportion of shared international vocabulary items.
  • Can interact with reasonable ease in structured situations and short conversations, provided the other person helps if necessary.
  • Can manage simple, routine exchanges without undue effort.
  • Can ask and answer questions and exchange ideas and information on familiar topics in predictable everyday situations.
  • Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters to do with work and free time.
  • Can handle very short social exchanges but is rarely able to understand enough to keep conversation going of his/her own accord.
  • Can give a simple description or presentation of people, living or working conditions, daily routines. Likes/dislikes etc. as a short series of simple phrases and sentences linked into a list.
  • A2 Can write a series of simple phrases and sentences linked with simple connectors like “and", “but” and “because”.

Class policies

  • Attend all classes, be on time, and be ready to begin work.
  • Show respect to the instructor and other students.
  • Do not cause any disruption in class.
  • Turn off your cell phone.
  • Do not eat or drink in the classroom.
  • Speak only English in the classroom.
  • Bring your own textbooks. Failure to do so may result in exclusion from the classroom.

Attendance policy

A student may withdraw from the program if he or she is absent for up to 25 percent of the course provided he/she does so within the time permitted for withdrawal which is during the first twelve weeks of the academic semester. If the absence exceeds 25 percent, a student will not be allowed to withdraw from the course and will not be permitted to attend lectures or sit the final examination and will receive a failing grade of 'F' on the course. The student shall be given at least one warning before being placed on the excluded list.


    Students must receive a minimum of 50% pass overall to go to the next level. The assessment is based on the following criteria:
  • Classroom-based and Home-based assessment
  • Participation
  • Midterm Assessment
  • Final