English Advanced course (B2 → C1)

Level: Advanced (B2/C1)

Are you looking to get your English skills to the level you need for university studies or to work completely in English? Or are you planning to move to an English speaking country? Do you want to greatly increase your higher level vocabulary knowledge? This fast-paced course will take you towards level C1.

Do you want to make use of the STAP budget? Please follow the steps on this page.

490,-

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Starting from 15 November 2022

+ 3 more dates

About the course

This course is for students who are at level B2. This means that you perhaps sometimes already work in English and are happy communicating with people about your opinions and ideas. You can probably already read and listen to most English without too many problems – it’s just the odd word or phrase that you lose! What you miss are some of the subtleties, idioms, and less common bits of vocabulary.

In this course, our teachers will help you to take your English to level C1. They will work on fluency and accuracy in both writing and speaking, adding to your knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. Learning about formal and informal language in writing and speaking is an important part of this course.

You can start with this course if you have completed our B2 course or if you have attained B2 level via another route. Would you like to know your current language level? Try our free language level test!

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Learning goals

In this course you will work towards level C1:

  • You will feel considerably more confident using English and will know many more words and phrases that help you to express complex ideas in speaking and writing. You will be able to present and discuss abstract ideas and information, and feel at ease with whatever social and workplace situations come your way.
  • This course will also give you the language you need to succeed in the Cambridge English Advanced Exam (C1), if your goal is to get a certificate proving you are at level C1. You may need this for immigration purposes in some countries.

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Method

All Babel’s courses are taught by highly-qualified, professional teachers and are interactive, fun, and focused on students’ needs.

This means we:

  • Are flexible to what a group needs.
  • Ask for your feedback on how the lessons are going, and respond to what you tell us.
  • Use high-quality materials.
  • Do a lot of speaking activities, in small groups and as a whole group.
  • Teach grammar and vocabulary in a way that connects you to real life use.
  • Encourage you to learn outside the classroom too.

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Time investment

  • This course consists of 18 classes of 1hr45 minutes. Alongside this, you will need to do some homework and preparation for your lessons. You should expect to spend at least 3 hours a week on this. You can submit writing practise to your teacher for feedback.
  • The more time you give to learning, the more you will benefit. There are lots of exercises to practise at home available to you. There are also many websites where you can read more English texts, and many ways to listen to more English online. Your teacher will show you these, and you can decide for yourself how much you want to do and what suits you.

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Practical

  • The language of instruction is English.
  • You will be working with a book. You can order this book on our special book page. Please ensure you have your book ready for the first session.
  • If you are learning online, you can order the e-book version of the student book.
  • You will receive a certificate of participation if you follow at least 80% of the classes.
  • If you work or study at Utrecht University you will receive a 15% discount. Please register with your UU email address. Your registration will then be processed automatically.

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Schedule

  • Starting date: 15 November 2022 (Utrecht)
    Day Date Start End
    Tuesday 15 November 2022 18:00 19:45
    Thursday 17 November 2022 18:00 19:45
    Tuesday 22 November 2022 18:00 19:45
    Thursday 24 November 2022 18:00 19:45
    Tuesday 29 November 2022 18:00 19:45
    Thursday 1 December 2022 18:00 19:45
    Tuesday 6 December 2022 18:00 19:45
    Thursday 8 December 2022 18:00 19:45
    Tuesday 13 December 2022 18:00 19:45
    Thursday 15 December 2022 18:00 19:45
    Tuesday 20 December 2022 18:00 19:45
    Thursday 22 December 2022 18:00 19:45
    Tuesday 3 January 2023 18:00 19:45
    Thursday 5 January 2023 18:00 19:45
    Tuesday 10 January 2023 18:00 19:45
    Thursday 12 January 2023 18:00 19:45
    Tuesday 17 January 2023 18:00 19:45
    Thursday 19 January 2023 18:00 19:45

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  • Starting date: 15 November 2022 (Virtual Classroom)
    Day Date Start End
    Tuesday 15 November 2022 13:15 15:00
    Tuesday 22 November 2022 13:15 15:00
    Tuesday 29 November 2022 13:15 15:00
    Tuesday 6 December 2022 13:15 15:00
    Tuesday 13 December 2022 13:15 15:00
    Tuesday 20 December 2022 13:15 15:00
    Tuesday 3 January 2023 13:15 15:00
    Tuesday 10 January 2023 13:15 15:00
    Tuesday 17 January 2023 13:15 15:00
    Tuesday 24 January 2023 13:15 15:00
    Tuesday 31 January 2023 13:15 15:00
    Tuesday 7 February 2023 13:15 15:00
    Tuesday 14 February 2023 13:15 15:00
    Tuesday 21 February 2023 13:15 15:00
    Tuesday 28 February 2023 13:15 15:00
    Tuesday 7 March 2023 13:15 15:00
    Tuesday 14 March 2023 13:15 15:00
    Tuesday 21 March 2023 13:15 15:00

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  • Starting date: 16 November 2022 (Utrecht)
    Day Date Start End
    Wednesday 16 November 2022 15:15 17:00
    Wednesday 23 November 2022 15:15 17:00
    Wednesday 30 November 2022 15:15 17:00
    Wednesday 7 December 2022 15:15 17:00
    Wednesday 14 December 2022 15:15 17:00
    Wednesday 21 December 2022 15:15 17:00
    Wednesday 4 January 2023 15:15 17:00
    Wednesday 11 January 2023 15:15 17:00
    Wednesday 18 January 2023 15:15 17:00
    Wednesday 25 January 2023 15:15 17:00
    Wednesday 1 February 2023 15:15 17:00
    Wednesday 8 February 2023 15:15 17:00
    Wednesday 15 February 2023 15:15 17:00
    Wednesday 22 February 2023 15:15 17:00
    Wednesday 1 March 2023 15:15 17:00
    Wednesday 8 March 2023 15:15 17:00
    Wednesday 15 March 2023 15:15 17:00
    Wednesday 22 March 2023 15:15 17:00

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Would you like to know your current language level? Babel offers a free language placement test! You will receive personal advice from one of our teachers about your current level and which language course suits you best.