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Compass

Compass is a culture-themed course designed for adult students of general English. It can be used as the sole focus of a general English programme, or alternatively as a project-based thread running alongside other content. It will contain twelve one-and-a-half-hour lessons which complement each other. Each lesson plan is accompanied by a detailed set of teacher’s notes.

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Inside Compass

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    Welcome to Compass

    Author: Lizzie Pinard Level: Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Article, Reference material, Teaching notes

    Lizzie Pinard introduces a series of cultural lessons for adults at an upper intermediate level. This article provides information about the series and guidance on how to use the teacher’s notes.

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    Approaches used in Compass

    Author: Lizzie Pinard Level: Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Article, Reference material, Teaching notes

    In this article, Lizzie Pinard explains the theory behind the teaching approaches used in Compass and offers advice on how to use them effectively.

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    Compass: Lesson 1: Culture Shock

    Author: Lizzie Pinard Level: Upper intermediate Type: General lesson plan Video materialPrint material

    In this lesson, students watch a video about culture shock, discuss what culture means to them and practise asking and answering interview questions. 

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    Compass: Lesson 2: Cultural interviews

    Author: Lizzie Pinard Level: Upper intermediate Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomVideo materialPrint material

    The second lesson of this new series from award-winning author Lizzie Pinard.

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    Compass: Lesson 3: Eating habits

    Author: Lizzie Pinard Level: Upper intermediate Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomVideo materialPrint material

    The third lesson of this new series from award-winning author Lizzie Pinard.

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    Compass: Lesson 4: Expressing opinions

    Author: Lizzie Pinard Level: Upper intermediate Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomAudio materialPrint material

    In this listening lesson, students are encouraged to express their opinions.

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    Compass: Lesson 5: Attitudes to culture

    Author: Lizzie Pinard Level: Upper intermediate Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    In this fifth lesson, students discuss different attitudes to culture.

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    Compass: Lesson 6: Questions of culture

    Author: Lizzie Pinard Level: Upper intermediate Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    In this sixth lesson, students ask different questions about culture.

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    Compass: Lesson 7: Preparing an interview

    Author: Lizzie Pinard Level: Upper intermediate Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    In this seventh lesson, students learn how to prepare for interviews.

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    Compass: Lesson 8: Politeness and dealing with problems

    Author: Lizzie Pinard Level: Upper intermediate Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    In this eighth lesson, students learn to deal with awkward situations when interviewing people.

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    Compass: Lesson 9: Telling a story

    Author: Lizzie Pinard Level: Upper intermediate Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    In this ninth lesson, students practice listening for meaning and learn how stories are structured.

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    Compass: Lesson 10: Preparing a project

    Author: Lizzie Pinard Level: Upper intermediate Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    In this tenth lesson, students practice preparing interview data for presentation.

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    Compass: Lesson 11: Teamwork

    Author: Lizzie Pinard Level: Upper intermediate Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    In this eleventh lesson, students learn the language needed for effective group work.

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    Compass: Lesson 12: Project presentations

    Author: Lizzie Pinard Level: Upper intermediate Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    In this final lesson, students complete their projects.

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Readers' comments (4)

  • Hi Helen,

    Thanks for your feedback. Compass has its own section because it is a new series using integrated skills based on culture and aimed at upper intermediate teenage and adult students.

    It was launched last September and there has been one lesson published each month since then, the 5th instalment being published today. The lessons are intended to be used in sequence, although they can also be used as stand alone lessons. Overall there will be 12 lessons in the series by summer 2016.

    Have you had the chance to use any of the lessons with your classes and how useful have you found them?

    Best wishes,

    The onestopenglish team

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  • All in all there are 3 lessons in this section. Why a special section then?
    HB, France.

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  • Hi Shahla,

    Thanks for your lovely feedback. Great to hear that you like the new series. Lesson 2 will be published in October. Enjoy!

    Best wishes,

    The onestopenglish team

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  • It's perfect, thank you.

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