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Teachers' Notes for 4-Skills Course 1: Intermediate to High-Intermediate Students

March 20, 2020

Learning Objectives

  • Learn and practice discussions and debates about globally relevant topics. Themes include history, environmental science, technology, and emergencies.
  • Introduce verb collocations and phrasal verbs.
  • Learn and practice using the passive voice.
  • Introduce causative verbs.
  • Begin writing essays and longer personal responses.

Teachers’ Notes

The following list is a suggested order for lessons at the intermediate to high‑intermediate level. These materials are useful for students who are comfortable using the four main English skills at an intermediate level. Many students will remain at this level for a long time.

Unsure if this is the right level for your students? Try Grammar Test 3 and see how your students do. Learn more here.

You do not need to follow this exact order or use all of these lessons. This is just a guideline, and you can adapt the order and content based on your students’ needs and the length of your course.

You can choose additional or alternative lessons from the suggested sections below (under the More Content heading). Use the level filter marked Int – High Int when looking for other materials to teach at this level.

Some of the suggested lessons have digital tasks so that you can teach your students online or assign digital homework. If you need help using the digital platform, visit our Help Docs.

If you are only able to teach online at this time and you want to use a lesson that is currently only available as a PDF, you can download the Student PDF and email it to your student(s) or you can open it on a shared screen while you teach an online lesson.


  1. Historic Events: The Thai Cave Rescue
  2. Writing in English: How to Write an Introductory Paragraph 
  3. Everyday Dialogues: Calling 911
  4. Functional English: Handling a Medial Emergency
  5. Historic Events: World War II
  6. Writing in English: How to Write Body Paragraphs 
  7. Functional English: Making a Complaint
  8. Historic Events: The Great Depression
  9. Grammar Practice Worksheets: Passive
  10. Historic Events: Apollo 11
  11. Writing in English: How to Write a Concluding Paragraph 
  12. Famous People: 9/11 Heroes
  13. Historic Events: The Underground Railroad
  14. Grammar Practice Worksheets: Third Conditional
  15. Famous Things: Tornadoes
  16. Discussion Starters: Climate Change
  17. Discussion Starters: Deforestation
  18. Grammar Practice Worksheets: Verb Collocations
  19. Famous Places: Amazon Rainforest
  20. Famous Things: Wind Farms
  21. Famous Things: Solar Eclipses
  22. Grammar Practice Worksheets: Phrasal Verbs 
  23. Famous People: Stephen Hawking
  24. Discussion Starters: Talking to Technology
  25. Famous People: Hedy Lamarr
  26. Grammar Practice Worksheets: Causative Verbs
  27. Discussion Starters: Cruise Ships
  28. Discussion Starters: Distracted Driving

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