SMART Advanced is a course that is designed to help students further develop their language proficiency as well as the skills needed to thrive at university and in the workplace. This is achieved through working on a project each week related to some engaging topics that contribute to a final task.

The course is especially designed for school leavers and exam finishers.

Why Choose SMART Advanced

Engaging Topics

Each week lessons follow a key theme or topic. Care has been taken to select topics that are relevant, engaging and likely to provoke discussion. Students will have the opportunity to expand their vocabulary in relation to these topics as well as develop key skills.

Project work

Each week students will work on a project that builds towards a task. These tasks include taking part in a discussion, making a presentation, as well as debating. This will all feed into a final project of participating in a panel discussion.

21st Century Skills

As students work on these projects and tasks, they will have the opportunity to develop some important 21st century skills that are key for both university study and the workplace. The topics and tasks selected will provide students the opportunity to develop skill such as critical thinking, communication, creativity, collaboration and problem solving. 

Course Outline

Week 1

Language skills focus

You will learn how to take part in a discussion, including:

  • How to take the floor (start speaking)
  • How to interrupt
  • How to ask others to contribute or to back you up (support your argument)
  • How to contradict or concede (admit you were wrong)
Topic focus Technology and Media

Project work

You will take part in discussions on Technology. Topics could include:

  • Will chatbots replace human beings?
  • Is digital detox a good idea?
  • Do we still need memory now that we can Google everything?
  • Is popularity gained from social media justified?

Week 2

Language skills focus

You will learn how to make a presentation, including:

  • How to plan what you’re going to say using mind maps
  • How to begin and end a presentation
  • How to refer to graphs and data
  • How to stage and sequence your talk
Topic focus

Education

Project work

You will make presentations about Education. Topics could include:

  • What are the best study habits?
  • How to become a fast reader and improve your literacy skills
  • How having a passion helps us learn better
  • Do you think technology aids learning, or is it a distraction?

Week 3

Language skills focus

You will learn how to debate, including:

  • How to build a strong argument
  • How to agree/disagree with an argument
  • How to sound convincing
  • How to make notes to prepare for a debate
Topic focus Law and Order
Project work

You will take part in mini debates. Topics could include:

  • CCTV – good or bad?
  • Is it OK to give someone a ‘tip’ to get preferential treatment?
  • Climate change – fact or fiction
  • English as a global language – pros and cons

Week 4

Language skills focus

You will learn how to take part in panel discussions, including:

  • How to use intonation to express your opinions
  • How to respond to other speakers
  • How to show you’re not sure
  • How to suggest possible outcomes

Topic focus

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion  

Project work

You will take part in a panel discussion. Topics could include:

  • Pros and cons of multiculturalism
  • Positive discrimination – good or bad?
  • Will we ever find life on other planets?
  • Animal rights are as important as human rights