B1 Lessons - Intermediate English Course
Intermediate English opens new doors for your career and education. At this level, you can reliably understand native speakers and handle most common situations abroad.
However, many learners give up on the road from A2 to B1. It seems like a daunting task - grammar gets increasingly complex, and it's hard to tell where to start. Worse yet, textbooks are far too generic, and many are already outdated the second they come out.
That's why we help you learn with practical tasks tailored to your personal goals and interests. Taking English Intermediate courses relevant to your needs with a certified tutor will help grow your confidence and set you up for success.
Get an individual plan and level up your English with Promova!
Learners will be able to
Comprehend the main points about both factual and abstract topics delivered in standard speech. Follow discussions and complex lines of argument about familiar topics.
Discuss familiar topics and use suitable phrases to get the floor. Initiate and maintain conversations in your field of interest and professional experience.
Write connected texts, notes, and personal letters on a range of familiar topics. Get important points across and provide examples both in writing and while giving presentations.
Show interest and empathy by asking and answering simple questions. Respond to suggestions, ask for agreement, and propose alternatives when appropriate.
Explain the main points made in long texts within your area of interest, provided you can check the meaning of certain expressions and colloquialisms.
Introduce people from different cultures and backgrounds, showing awareness of how certain questions may be perceived. Express opinions about cultural topics such as books, films, etc.
What you’ll learn in our B1 Intermediate English courses
The Intermediate level of English builds on your previous knowledge of grammar to help you comfortably express opinions. You’ll focus on clarity of communication and learn to get your point across in writing and conversation.
Some of the topics covered in our B1 level English program include:
- Your personal qualities and accomplishments.
- How to prepare food - your favorite recipe.
- Time and money. Discussing quality of life.
- Prices and cost - the relative value of things.
- Social situations - making, accepting, refusing offers.
- Apologies and explanations for problems in the past.
- People in the media - viral stories and pop culture.
- Advertising. Speculating about a picture and meaning.
- Stories. Describing stories, telling someone’s life story.
- Charity and volunteer work. Charity organizations.
- Making and breaking plans. Stories related to plans.
- Communication, social media, and your preferences.
- Jobs and work lifestyles. Unusual jobs
- Work/life balance - wishes and responsibilities.
- Rules and history. Unusual laws from the past.
- Science. Folk remedies and changes over time.
- Right and wrong. Speculating about past events.
- Global trends. Discuss ideas to avoid food waste, etc.
- College life. Education, events you’ll never forget.
- Important memories - telling a story behind a photo.
- Tense review (Simple and Continuous)
- Dynamic and stative verbs.
- Real Conditionals - if…then.
- Clauses with after, until, and when.
- Modifying comparisons - slightly, a bit, etc.
- Modals for speculation - must, might, could.
- Subject and object relative clauses.
- Past Perfect and its common use.
- Expectations - were going to; was supposed to…etc.
- Present and Past Passive.
- Passive with modals - modal verbs in the past.
- Reported speech and reported questions.
- Present unreal conditionals - imaginary situations.
- I wish - expressing abstract desire.
- Prohibition, permission, obligation (Past and Present).
- Past unreal conditionals - imagining outcomes.
- Modals for past probability - may, could + have.
- Gerund and infinitive after forget, remember, stop.
- Causative verbs - let, help, make.
- Substitution and referencing to avoid repetition.
Classes for B1 EnglishPromova offers two tutoring programs for online B1 English lessons:
- 1x1 time with a certified tutor who helps you develop an individual learning plan
- Direct conversational practice with a native-like speaker
- Immediate feedback and correction of your mistakes
- Topics and subjects tailored to your personal interests
- Flexible schedule with 25-, 50-, and 90-minute lessons
- Lessons in friendly groups averaging 3 learners of the same level
- Focus on teamwork and collaboration during exercises
- Lots of conversational practice with fellow learners
- Pace and program designed for overall group progress
- Motivating atmosphere of mutual learning and support
What are the lessons like
Your B1 course will start by identifying why you need English and how you apply it in your personal and professional life. Every learner is unique, and you may not even know how to articulate your goals yet - that's okay! Your tutor will ask a series of questions to help you find motivation for your lessons.
After that, you'll work out an individual plan tailored to your skills and interests. For example, suppose you're studying to immigrate to Australia. In that case, your plan will include many Australian English materials and local movies. Alternatively, if you want to work at an international company, your B1 lessons will focus on business English practice.
To summarize, your tutor will act as a guide to help you articulate your learning goals and put them into practice during lessons.
If you're taking B1 classes, you probably already know quite a few things. Whether a professional in your field or a university student, you know a lot about specific subjects. Becoming an intermediate in English will start by conquering your domain of experience.
In other words, your tutor will help you get comfortable with factual topics in your work and personal life. From there, you can use this competence to hold presentations and talk to friends and colleagues about things you already know and love.
This approach will ensure you’re not only interested during lessons but also develop a better understanding of your own field while studying it in English.
One of the hardest things for new learners is moving from concrete facts to abstract ideas. The move from A2 to B1 also means becoming an independent speaker. In other words, being able to express thoughts and opinions without help or having to look things up.
To help you start thinking in ideas, your tutor will gradually introduce you to expressing things such as cause and effect in English. You’ll also learn about desires and probabilities to help add nuance and depth to your speaking and writing.
Over time, thinking in ideas will become automatic, and you will be ready to hold fluent conversations without any effort.
Meet some of our Intermediate English Tutors
TEFL Certificate; ESL University of Regina, SK, Canada; 2 years teaching experience; In addition to work, I love to cook, read about science and swimming.
More than 4 years teaching experience; BA in General English and MA in British/American Civilization and Literature; In addition to work, I am a huge fan of movies, series, and books.
14 years teaching experience; Cambridge CELTA; Master of English Linguistics; In addition to work, I like spending time with my dog and birds and enjoy listening to awesome music at live events.
4 years teaching experience; 3 years mentoring and coaching experience; TEFL certified; In addition to work, I like listening to podcasts, baking everything sweet.
10 years teaching experience; I’ll help you to learn business English and boost your confidence in the corporate world; In addition to work, I am very fond of reading and inspired by all the novels I’ve read.
More than 3 years teaching experience; Cambridge CELTA certified; TESOL certified; In addition to work, I love baking, listening to music and travelling.
More than 9 years teaching experience; Cambridge CELTA certified; I’ll help you to take an IELTS or Cambridge tests; In addition to work, I am a huge fan of The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter.
More then 11 years teaching experience; TEFL certified; I’ll help you to gain confidence speaking English to business partners and improve your writing skills; Beside English and Persian, I speak some French and Turkish.
Reviews from our learners
I have already completed three levels on your platform and I am always very satisfied. You have very good teachers who give a very high level of knowledge. I hope to continue my studies with you in the future and improve my English.
After listening to the English intermediate course on the Promova platform, I got the information I needed. I will definitely go to the next level, as I have felt progress during the course. I also want to note the high level of teaching. Thanks to your organization and the people working for you.
I have studied English for the intermediate course; I have significantly improved my level of English. The quality of the material supply plays an important role. I can say that only a very good and qualified teacher makes the learning process exciting and fruitful.
Before I came to these courses, I tried to study at other schools. My patience was enough for 2-3 months, after which I gave up trying to learn the language. At the same time, I was accompanied by a state of my own dissatisfaction. Most of all, I liked on Promova that about 80% of the lesson is built in the form of communication with the teacher and classmates, and the grammatical material is presented unobtrusively.
Thank Promova for the high quality of the courses, and well-selected educational literature. Special thanks to the tutor for conducting interesting, exciting classes. Thanks for allowing every student to show his abilities in the language and learn a lot of new and very useful material.
Frequently asked questions
Who is this course for?
We also aim to help you develop balanced skills. Everyone has strong and weak points in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Your tutor will find out what you're best at and help you develop all four skills. This way, if you take an IELTS or TOEFL test in the future, you can understand all components of English with confidence.
What is the intermediate English level?
You move from basic knowledge to independent language use at this level. If you're at B1 level English, you can do your own research and discuss everyday and professional topics with relative freedom. You should also understand standard English speech at a regular cadence, provided it's within your area of interest.
When you have mastered English at the intermediate level, you can talk to natives with relative comfort. You also unlock opportunities at international organizations and companies.
Is English B1 level good?
Once you reach Intermediate English, you can handle everyday situations such as travel, job-related activities, and professional studies. It's a good level of English to communicate with friends and colleagues from different backgrounds. However, B1 learners still struggle with complex topics, unfamiliar accents, and colloquialisms. It takes effort and dedicated study to reach true fluency.
How can I improve my English intermediate Level?
You must immerse yourself in an English-speaking environment to grow past the B1 level. This means watching different media in English, reading books, and speaking to friends and colleagues. In addition, you must develop an intuitive understanding of grammar and comfortably use it in day-to-day communication.
Many students struggle with practice, and doing it alone takes a lot of dedicated effort. That's why Promova offers group lessons with fellow intermediate learners and individual lessons with a certified tutor. Over time, you can practice understanding different accents by ear and improve your speaking confidence.
What should I read in English for intermediate?
To improve your English, you must read as much as possible and improve your vocabulary.
First, find materials you actually enjoy. Are you into sci-fi, short stories, comic books, or nonfiction? Maybe you like magazine articles or professional journals - the choice depends on what you find helpful and fun.
Here are some great book recommendations in English for the Intermediate (B1) level:
- “Charlotte's Web” - E.B. White
- “James and the Giant Peach” - Roald Dahl
- “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” - Arthur Conan Doyle
- “The Black Cat” - Edgar Allan Poe
- “Breakfast at Tiffany's” - Truman Capote
This list is by no means mandatory. You can ask friends and your tutor for other suggestions - any focused reading practice will help you improve.