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IN ENGLISH is a 5-volume video set of sequential lessons starting at the very beginning level. (Volume 1 structures also apply to IN ENGLISH ON YOUR OWN, Units 1-4.)
Unit One (20-40 hrs instruction)
  1. this, these; it, they
  2. the verb "to be", present tense
  3. "wh" questions: Where, Who, What
  4. adjectives (new car, old car)
  5. a, an, no article
  6. the imperatives of a few verbs
  7. prepositions (in, on, with, etc.)
Vocabulary: 104 new
Topics: greetings
Unit Two (20-40 hrs instruction)
  1. that, those
  2. the verb "to be", present
  3. adjectives, colors
  4. "wh" questions: Where, Who, What
  5. prepositions: under, of
Vocabulary: 96 new
Topics: time, numbers, colors, personal identification
Unit Three (20-40 hrs instruction)
  1. there is, there are
  2. "wh" questions: Who, What, Which one, Where
  3. adverbs of frequency: always, never
  4. noun substitutes: one, ones
  5. preposition (at)
Vocabulary: 75 new
Topics: weather, days of the week, introductions
Unit Four (20-40 hrs instruction)
  1. there is/there are
  2. questions: How many, When, Who, Where, What is the date?
  3. adverbs of frequency: sometimes, ever
  4. you, him, her, us...: object pronouns
  5. contractions (e.g. sky's blue)
  6. other/another
Vocabulary: 105 new
Topics: months, seasons, feelings, directions
Unit Five (30-40 hrs instruction)
  1. present tense of drink, have, walk, etc.
  2. How much?
  3. some, any, a little, much, a lot of
  4. How? How is the soup? It's good!
  5. Whose? (possessive adjectives and pronouns)
  6. Why? because
  7. When?
  8. before/after
Vocabulary: 196 new
Topics: money, family, directions (N, S, E, and W), weekly routines, polite expressions, ordering in a restaurant, daily activities
Unit Six (30-40 hrs instruction)
  1. present progressive
  2. now vs. "habitual" present
  3. imperative (e.g. Help me!)
  4. "3 wants": I want a car; I want to buy a car; I want him to buy me a car
  5. get (as in become)
  6. how much/how many
  7. articles: definite, indefinite (a, the/some)
  8. How does he write? He writes well. How do you open your apartment door? With a key.
  9. How do you come here? ... by bus.
  10. Introduction of comparatives (His bill is higher than hers.)
Vocabulary: 160 new
Topics: addresses, telephone numbers, hotel, cardinal and ordinal numbers, housing, personal likes and dislikes
Unit Seven (30-40 hrs instruction)
  1. past of "to be"
  2. future: "going to"
  3. the familiar "you" (e.g. You need to eat every day.)
  4. I have the time to (+ verb)
  5. something, anything, nothing
  6. How do you get there?
  7. Imperative (negative and positive)
  8. How far?
  9. How long does it take to (+ verb)?
  10. How often?
  11. know how to (+ verb)
  12. comparative, intro to superlative: good/better, more/fewer
  13. embedded statements (I know that Richard is coming.)
  14. too/enough
Vocabulary: 194 new
Topics: food, prices, shopping, holidays, directions
Unit Eight (30-40 hrs instruction)
  1. past of regular verbs
  2. past of three irregular verbs: go, come, put
  3. comparatives, superlatives: good/better/best, more/most, bad/worse/worst, less/least
  4. everybody, somebody, nobody, anybody
  5. somewhere, anywhere
  6. embedded "wh" clauses (I know where he is from.)
Vocabulary: 134 new
Topics: social language apologizing, disagreeing, information/asking for clarification, marital status, etc.
Unit Nine (30-40 hrs instruction)
  1. will (future)
  2. can
  3. ... and Joe can too./ ... and so can Joe.
  4. ... and Joe can't either./ ... and neither can Joe.
  5. past of irregular verbs
  6. who, that, which, as relative pronouns
  7. It is difficult to (+ verb)
Vocabulary: 131 new
Topics: picnics, cultural differences, American women's and men's roles, problem-solving, advice, describing recent activities, personal choices
Unit Ten (30-40 hrs instruction)
  1. modals: should, must, have to, be able to (can)
  2. comparisons: the same as, different from, as big as, as much as, as many as, similar to, like
  3. relative clauses
  4. past progressive: He told me while we were walking. We were walking when he told me.
  5. tag questions; present to future
  6. past of additional irregular verbs
Vocabulary: 175 new
Topics: shopping for services, smoking and health, expressing feelings: pleasure, displeasure, congratulations
Unit Eleven (30-40 hrs instruction)
  1. present perfect: I have lived here ... (for or since)
  2. still, yet, already
  3. past vs. present perfect
  4. How many times ...?
  5. ... used to (+ verb)
  6. anymore
  7. modals: must (conclusion); could (past of can); might; may
Vocabulary: 184 new
Topics: renting an apartment, movies, buying a used car, outdoor activities/sports
Unit Twelve (30-40 hrs instruction)
  1. present perfect progressive: I have been living here since...
  2. How long have you been (verb + ing)?
  3. reported speech: He asked her if ...
    He told her that ..., She told him to ...
  4. say/tell
  5. reflexives (myself, yourself, etc.)
  6. either/or, neither/nor
  7. review of comparative/superlative with adverbs
Vocabulary: 163 new
Topics: outdoor activities, telephone skills, reporting what others have said or asked, appreciating nature

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