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.

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

490,-

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Starting from 6 February 2023

+ 6 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 English Upper-Intermediate 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.

After this course 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.
  • have 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: 6 February 2023 (Utrecht)
    Day Date Start End
    Monday 6 February 2023 20:00 21:45
    Wednesday 8 February 2023 20:00 21:45
    Monday 13 February 2023 20:00 21:45
    Wednesday 15 February 2023 20:00 21:45
    Monday 20 February 2023 20:00 21:45
    Wednesday 22 February 2023 20:00 21:45
    Monday 27 February 2023 20:00 21:45
    Wednesday 1 March 2023 20:00 21:45
    Monday 6 March 2023 20:00 21:45
    Wednesday 8 March 2023 20:00 21:45
    Monday 13 March 2023 20:00 21:45
    Wednesday 15 March 2023 20:00 21:45
    Monday 20 March 2023 20:00 21:45
    Wednesday 22 March 2023 20:00 21:45
    Monday 27 March 2023 20:00 21:45
    Wednesday 29 March 2023 20:00 21:45
    Monday 3 April 2023 20:00 21:45
    Wednesday 5 April 2023 20:00 21:45

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  • Starting date: 8 February 2023 (Utrecht)
    Day Date Start End
    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
    Wednesday 29 March 2023 15:15 17:00
    Wednesday 5 April 2023 15:15 17:00
    Wednesday 19 April 2023 15:15 17:00
    Wednesday 26 April 2023 15:15 17:00
    Wednesday 3 May 2023 15:15 17:00
    Wednesday 10 May 2023 15:15 17:00
    Wednesday 17 May 2023 15:15 17:00
    Wednesday 24 May 2023 15:15 17:00
    Wednesday 31 May 2023 15:15 17:00
    Wednesday 7 June 2023 15:15 17:00
    Wednesday 14 June 2023 15:15 17:00

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  • Starting date: 8 February 2023 (Virtual Classroom)
    Day Date Start End
    Wednesday 8 February 2023 13:15 15:00
    Wednesday 15 February 2023 13:15 15:00
    Wednesday 22 February 2023 13:15 15:00
    Wednesday 1 March 2023 13:15 15:00
    Wednesday 8 March 2023 13:15 15:00
    Wednesday 15 March 2023 13:15 15:00
    Wednesday 22 March 2023 13:15 15:00
    Wednesday 29 March 2023 13:15 15:00
    Wednesday 5 April 2023 13:15 15:00
    Wednesday 19 April 2023 13:15 15:00
    Wednesday 26 April 2023 13:15 15:00
    Wednesday 3 May 2023 13:15 15:00
    Wednesday 10 May 2023 13:15 15:00
    Wednesday 17 May 2023 13:15 15:00
    Wednesday 24 May 2023 13:15 15:00
    Wednesday 31 May 2023 13:15 15:00
    Wednesday 7 June 2023 13:15 15:00
    Wednesday 14 June 2023 13:15 15:00

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  • Starting date: 17 April 2023 (Utrecht)
    Day Date Start End
    Monday 17 April 2023 18:00 19:45
    Monday 24 April 2023 18:00 19:45
    Monday 1 May 2023 18:00 19:45
    Monday 8 May 2023 18:00 19:45
    Monday 15 May 2023 18:00 19:45
    Monday 22 May 2023 18:00 19:45
    Monday 5 June 2023 18:00 19:45
    Monday 12 June 2023 18:00 19:45
    Monday 26 June 2023 18:00 19:45
    Monday 3 July 2023 18:00 19:45
    Monday 10 July 2023 18:00 19:45
    Monday 17 July 2023 18:00 19:45
    Monday 24 July 2023 18:00 19:45
    Monday 31 July 2023 18:00 19:45
    Monday 7 August 2023 18:00 19:45
    Monday 14 August 2023 18:00 19:45
    Monday 21 August 2023 18:00 19:45
    Monday 28 August 2023 18:00 19:45

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  • Starting date: 18 April 2023 (Utrecht)
    Day Date Start End
    Tuesday 18 April 2023 13:15 15:00
    Thursday 20 April 2023 13:15 15:00
    Tuesday 25 April 2023 13:15 15:00
    Tuesday 2 May 2023 13:15 15:00
    Thursday 4 May 2023 13:15 15:00
    Tuesday 9 May 2023 13:15 15:00
    Thursday 11 May 2023 13:15 15:00
    Tuesday 16 May 2023 13:15 15:00
    Tuesday 23 May 2023 13:15 15:00
    Thursday 25 May 2023 13:15 15:00
    Tuesday 30 May 2023 13:15 15:00
    Thursday 1 June 2023 13:15 15:00
    Tuesday 6 June 2023 13:15 15:00
    Thursday 8 June 2023 13:15 15:00
    Tuesday 13 June 2023 13:15 15:00
    Thursday 15 June 2023 13:15 15:00
    Tuesday 20 June 2023 13:15 15:00
    Thursday 22 June 2023 13:15 15:00

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  • Starting date: 19 April 2023 (Virtual Classroom)
    Day Date Start End
    Wednesday 19 April 2023 18:00 19:45
    Wednesday 26 April 2023 18:00 19:45
    Wednesday 3 May 2023 18:00 19:45
    Wednesday 10 May 2023 18:00 19:45
    Wednesday 17 May 2023 18:00 19:45
    Wednesday 24 May 2023 18:00 19:45
    Wednesday 31 May 2023 18:00 19:45
    Wednesday 7 June 2023 18:00 19:45
    Wednesday 14 June 2023 18:00 19:45
    Wednesday 28 June 2023 18:00 19:45
    Wednesday 5 July 2023 18:00 19:45
    Wednesday 12 July 2023 18:00 19:45
    Wednesday 19 July 2023 18:00 19:45
    Wednesday 26 July 2023 18:00 19:45
    Wednesday 2 August 2023 18:00 19:45
    Wednesday 9 August 2023 18:00 19:45
    Wednesday 16 August 2023 18:00 19:45
    Wednesday 23 August 2023 18:00 19:45

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