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Advanced General English (CEFR Level C1 – C2)

  Course Description:

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Our Advanced level courses are for people with a high level of English who want to make further progress in the language.  Typical learners at this level are able to use the language easily and fluently, and are aware of the relationship between language and culture, and of the significance of register. They are therefore able to adapt their language to a variety of situations and can use English in a creative and flexible way, and can respond appropriately to unexpected and unusual situations.  However, they may have trouble with particularly complex situations, and responding to multiple sources of information on unfamiliar topics.

The classes from 09:00 - 11:30 and 14:00 - 16:30 focus on all aspects of the language, including grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, speaking, listening, reading and writing.

The lessons from 11:45 - 12:30 and 13:00 - 13:45 build on the language from these classes, with a focus on communication and practical skills.

All our lessons give students the opportunity to learn and use English in realistic situations, and our teachers give regular homework to help you practice.

  Course Content:

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The classes use a range of methodologies and activities to help students learn and use the language.  The classes use a set coursebook, and these are supplemented with authentic materials, video and interactive technology.

There are regular progress tests and tutorials, which helps the teachers identify students’ strengths and weakness, and allows the students to check their progress in English.

Please click here for a sample timetable for our Advanced General English course.

  Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete our Advanced General English course…

  • are more confident in their use of English.
  • can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning.
  • can express themselves fluently and spontaneously.
  • can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
  • can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.

These descriptors are summarised from the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).  For more information please see: www.coe.int/t/dg4/linguistic/Source/Framework_EN.pdf

Examinations:

It is a good idea to take an internationally-recognised examination to prove your language skills to employers or academic institutions.  The following English Language Examinations are suitable for people who have taken one of our Advanced level courses:

General English Examinations

  Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams/advanced/ Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams/proficiency/

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Academic English Examinations

Business English Examinations

  What next?

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After finishing your Advanced General English course, try doing these:

  • Read articles and news stories about unfamiliar subjects in English Language newspapers and blogs using colloquial language
  • Listen to lectures in English (eg Ted Talks)
  • Help other people with their English
  • Write blog posts about unfamiliar subjects in English
  • Take a Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Preparation Course
  • Take a Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) Preparation Course
  • Take a Business English course
  • Take an English for Specific Purposes course
  • Take an IELTS Preparation course to prepare for university
  • Take one of our online courses
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