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Practical English

General & Business English

Project Description

Practical English is the ideal course for anyone wanting to quickly improve their core English language skills. With 350 lessons, custom-generated learning paths tailored to each learner’s needs, exciting multimedia content and fun, interactive activities, learning English has never been more effective. And with lessons accessible from any computer or mobile device, finding the time to study has never been so easy!

English for business and practical daily use

  • Initial diagnostic test to measure language strengths and weaknesses.
  • 330 one-hour lessons focusing on grammar, listening and reading.
  • Personalized learning paths for faster, more effective progress.
  • Detailed explanations for all questions in all activities.
  • Immediate feedback on performance.
  • Comprehensive learner resources including a Grammar Reference Guide, downloadable podcasts and printable lesson summaries.

Study flow

  1. Take the Diagnostic Test to analyze your English language strengths and weaknesses.
  2. The system automatically selects your first 5 lessons based on your results.
  3. Depending on your performance in the preceding 5 lessons, the system continues to select the most relevant lessons until you complete the course (you can study any of the lessons as many times as you like during the course period).
  4. Print your course completion certificate.

Requirements to pass the course

Recommended: Pass fifty lessons (80% or more in each lesson test)

Target audience

Individuals with a TOEIC® score of 255-780 or equivalent

Study period

Recommended: six months

Grammar

Learners can improve English grammar and pronunciation

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Reading

Learners can improve English reading skills and vocabulary

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Listening

Learners can improve English reading skills and vocabulary

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Grammar (80 lessons)

Adjective

  • A good place to live
  • Expressions about personal possessions
  • Japan and America
  • Twins
  • Two places with similarities

Adverb

  • A resume
  • Describing people and places
  • Foreign lifestyles
  • Green products
  • Healthy habits
  • My new life
  • Things we are not happy with
  • Upset plans
  • Ways of doing things

Linking words

  • A Japanese writer living in the U.K.
  • Airport security
  • Choosing someone for a job
  • Food I love
  • Making excuses
  • New colleagues
  • Reporting on progress

Noun phrases

  • Candidates for a job
  • Complaints about work environment
  • Cooking and food
  • Living and working in Shanghai
  • Paintings and plays
  • Preparing for a party
  • Where I work

Prepositions

  • Layout of an office
  • Scheduling a meeting
  • Where is it?
  • Where things are

Indirect questions

  • Asking questions politely

Wh-questions

  • Everyday questions
  • General knowledge

Yes/No questions

  • Talking about a trip
  • Welcoming guests at the airport

Verbs and tenses

Auxiliary verb

  • Advice for a sick friend
  • Enthusiastic soccer fans
  • Past mistakes
  • Responsibilities at work
  • Someone is missing
  • Traffic rules
  • Trouble in the office

Conditionals

  • A big promotion!
  • Getting in touch
  • Studying abroad
  • Wishing things were different

Future

  • Arranging meetings
  • Planning a wedding
  • Report on completion of a project
  • Space exploration

Other

  • A new start
  • The rules of happiness
  • Ways to spend your free time

Passive

  • Business plans
  • Famous buildings in London
  • Reality television in the U.S.
  • Work overseas

Past

  • A boring weekend
  • A disastrous holiday
  • A famous sports person
  • A life-and-death experience
  • A night out
  • An unusual Olympic athlete
  • Bad credit
  • Telling a story
  • Working experience
  • Yoko Ono’s life

Present

  • Everyday activities
  • My daily routine
  • Taking business trips

Reported speech

  • A bad experience at a restaurant
  • Political debates
  • Tell me about you

Word formation

  • An unlucky day
  • Executive meetings
  • Gossip
  • Harry Potter
  • Words of advice

Reading (125 lessons)

Business

Business success

  • Creating brand awareness
  • Diversifying in business
  • Innovation in business
  • Successful business leaders

Computers

  • Computer equipment

Customer service

  • Developing customer loyalty

E-commerce

  • Internet business

Interviews

  • Applying for a job

Management

  • Business leadership
  • Managing change
  • Managing people
  • What makes a good manager?

Meetings

  • Arranging meetings
  • Meeting to talk

Offices

  • Working in an office

Sales and marketing

  • Analyzing market trends
  • Let’s go shopping
  • Market research
  • Marketing effectively
  • Reporting on past sales performance
  • Sales forecasts
  • Successful advertising

Soft skills

  • Delegating effectively
  • Developing business relationships
  • EQ communication in teams
  • Evaluating colleagues
  • Influencing and persuading others
  • Making effective presentations
  • Managing conflict in the workplace
  • Managing diversity in the workplace
  • Networking successfully
  • Working effectively as a team member

Technology

  • New products

The global economy

  • Air travel overseas
  • Challenges of globalization
  • Green business
  • International business

Using the land

  • Agriculture and crops

Work conditions

  • Work conditions
  • Working environment

Everyday life

Customer service

  • Complaining

Eating

  • Good food

Equipment

  • Answering the phone

Food

  • Chili Peppers

Health

  • Healthy changes
  • Keeping fit by working out
  • Sleep

Housing

  • Buying property in the U.K.
  • Homes
  • Housing and real estate

Money

  • The cost of living

Numbers

  • Numbers and dates

Shopping

  • Mail order business

Leisure and entertainment

Festivals

  • Famous world festivals

Gardening

  • Making a garden

Leisure time

  • Enjoying yourself
  • Extreme sports
  • Going out
  • People and their free time
  • Spending time on hobbies

Movies and plays

  • Life in the movies

Sports

  • Getting to the top
  • Watching sports

Television

  • Various TV programs

Nature and the environment

Animals

  • Farm animals and pets
  • Wild animals
  • Wild animals for sale

Ecology

  • Preserving the planet
  • Protecting the environment

Landscape

  • Types of landscape

Science

  • Explaining science

Weather

  • Climate change

People and relationships

Ambitions

  • High achievers

Appearance

  • Looks and appearance

Character

  • Geniuses of the world
  • Personality

Communication

Body language

Complaining

  • Complaining about poor service

Family and friends

  • Family and relatives
  • Friendship
  • Good friends

Feelings

  • A bad day
  • Good feelings
  • How you feel is important

Romance

  • Successful relationships

Society

Culture

  • A rich culture
  • Happy New Year!
  • Weddings

Education

  • Different ways of learning
  • Forms of education
  • Memory and learning
  • Studying at college
  • Taking tests
  • The e-learning revolution

Experiences

  • Strong feelings

Law and order

  • A smart criminal
  • Crime and punishment
  • Identity theft

Sports

  • The benefits of the Olympics

Study abroad

  • Culture shock
  • Finding an apartment
  • Getting a bank account
  • Living with a roommate
  • Registering for classes

Technology

  • Past and future inventions
  • The explosion of text messaging

The web

  • Blogging
  • Podcasting

Town and country

  • City and countryside

Politics

  • Style or substance?

Travel and transportation

Directions

  • Directing someone around the office

Survival English

  • Airplane safety
  • At the airport
  • Boarding a flight
  • Having a comfortable flight

Transportation

  • New technologies
  • Travel problems during a trip

Traveling

  • Getting around
  • On the road
  • What can go wrong

Vacations

  • Enjoying a vacation
  • Hotel facilities and services
  • Tourist industry
  • Travel advice and information
  • Unusual vacations

Listening (125 lessons)

Business

Business Success

  • Floating a company

Commuting

  • Travel problems

E-commerce

  • Online shopping

Everyday work

  • Agreeing and disagreeing in meetings
  • Apologizing
  • Arranging a business trip
  • Inquiring about a job
  • Interrupting politely
  • Making a complaint
  • Making appointments
  • Making yourself clear
  • My working day
  • Offering a customer assistance
  • Office equipment
  • Office jobs
  • Ordering office supplies
  • Requesting information
  • Welcoming and introducing visitors

Interviews

  • Job interviews

Jobs

  • Jobs and careers
  • Motivating people
  • Various occupations

Management

  • Being a good project manager
  • Being a responsible manager

Meetings

  • Answering questions in a presentation
  • Making speeches
  • Negotiating

Offices

  • Operating office equipment
  • Working in an office

Sales and marketing

  • Making the sale
  • Sales activities

The global economy

  • Culture and business
  • International trade
  • Video and teleconferencing

The web

  • Social networking and your business

Using the land

  • Mining and metals

Everyday life

Clothing

  • Clothing and fashion

Eating

  • Cooking
  • Describing a meal
  • Eating at a restaurant
  • Ordering at a fast food restaurant

Equipment

  • Essential gadgets
  • Time-saving equipment

Food

  • The weekly shopping trip

Health

  • Describing minor illnesses
  • Health problems
  • Parts of the body

Housing

  • Renting an apartment

Jobs

  • Losing your job

Money

  • Saving for the future
  • Success in business

Routines

  • A typical day

Shopping

  • At the supermarket
  • Designer shopping
  • Shopping

Technology

  • Text messaging

Leisure and entertainment

Gardening

  • Growing plants

Leisure time

  • Enjoying the weekend
  • Free time activities
  • Online gaming
  • Work-life balance

Movies and plays

  • Automated inquiries
  • At the movie theater
  • Talking about a movie

Sports

  • Playing soccer
  • Playing sports

Television

  • Game shows
  • Operating a TV set

The web

  • Social networking: protecting yourself

Nature and the environment

Ecology

  • Pollution and environmental problems

Exploration

  • Man and the elements

Farming

  • Making a living from the land

Landscape

  • Natural disasters and consequences
  • Transforming the land

Science

  • Gene technology

Weather

  • Weather in New York

People and relationships

Character

  • Describing co-workers

Complaining

  • Complaining about a service

Experiences

  • Closing the generation gap

Family and friends

  • Family trees
  • Making friends
  • The extended family

Neighbors

  • Living with the neighbors

Romance

  • Breaking up

Social arrangements

  • Changing arrangements
  • Planning to go out

Society

  • Education
  • College education
  • Why e-learning is good

Experiences

  • Unsung heroes

Law and order

  • Criminal sentencing and prisons
  • The courtroom

Media

  • Celebrity and the press
  • War and peace

Politics

  • Local politics
  • Politics and elections

Study abroad

  • Fitting into a new culture
  • Getting help from a counselor
  • Homestay: Living with a family
  • Keeping safe

Travel and transportation

Directions

  • Directing someone around town
  • Global Position Systems (GPS)

Survival English

  • Asking for and giving recommendations
  • Asking for tourist information
  • At passport control
  • At the bank
  • At the doctors’ office
  • At the post office
  • Booking an ecotour
  • Changing a flight reservation
  • Checking in at your hotel
  • Checking in for a flight
  • Complaining about your meal
  • Getting to your hotel
  • Losing your baggage
  • Ordering a meal in a restaurant

Transportation

  • Airport announcements
  • Airport facilities
  • Buying a train ticket
  • Using transportation
  • When it all goes wrong

Traveling

  • Memorable flights
  • Doing it in style

Vacations

  • Hotel reservations
  • How to enjoy a trip
  • Sightseeing spots

  • A PC which can be connected to the Internet (ADSL or Broadband).
  • Microsoft OS (Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7) with Internet Explorer version 7 or above or latest version of Google Chrome or Firefox, OS X with the latest version of Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari.
  • Cookies and JavaScript must be enabled. Adobe Flash Player 9.0.45.0 or above (latest version is always recommended), Adobe Reader version 5 or above.
  • A resolution of 1024×768 or higher.

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