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Cambridge English: First (FCE) Examination Preparation

  Course Description:

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At Burlington School, we have been preparing our students for the Cambridge English: First (FCE) Examination for many years, and we have an in-depth knowledge of needs of candidates and the demands of the test.  Our Cambridge English: First (FCE) Examination Preparation courses are designed to meet these needs.

Our Cambridge First (FCE) preparation courses are for people with a high intermediate level of English who are studying for the Cambridge First exam, whether for study, work or pleasure.  Cambridge English exams are accepted by over 20,000 universities, employers and governments around the world as proof of your level of English.  Typical learners at this level are able to use the main structures of the language with some confidence and have a wide range of vocabulary.  They can adapt their language to a variety of situations, and they do not rely on fixed patterns of language or short, simple utterances.  However, they may have trouble with some unfamiliar subject areas, and lack control over longer, more complex language.

Burlington’s Language Centers in New York and Miami Beach are two of the very few Cambridge Examination Centers in the United States.

  Course Content

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We believe there are three main areas that students should work on when preparing for any test: overall language improvement, specific exam-related language improvement (this includes the grammar and vocabulary that the exam focuses on, as well as study skills and exam skills), and authentic exam practice. 

The core classes focus on all aspects of the language in the context of the exam, including grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, speaking, listening, reading and writing.

The elective classes build on the core classes, focussing on specific sections of the exams as well as overall fluency.

There are regular practice tests in class, which helps the teachers identify students’ strengths and weakness, and allows the students to check their progress and to give students authentic practice under exam conditions.

Please click here for a sample timetable for our Cambridge English: First (FCE) Examination Preparation course.

  Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete our Cambridge English: First (FCE) Examination Preparation course…

  • are more confident in their use of English.
  • have a good understanding of the skills and language required for the test.
  • can use their language to the best of their ability to satisfy the demands of the test.
  • can understand the main ideas of complex text, including technical discussions about subjects they are interested in.
  • can interact with native speakers fluently and spontaneously.
  • can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue, giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

  What next?

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After finishing your Cambridge English: First (FCE) Examination Preparation 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)
  • Speak to people in English
  • Write blog posts about subjects you are familiar with in English
  • Take an Advanced level course
  • Take a Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Preparation Course
  • Take a Business English course
  • Take a TOEFL or IELTS Preparation course to prepare for university
  • Take one of our online courses
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