English Upper-Intermediate course (B1 → B2)

Level: Upper-Intermediate (B1/B2)

Ready to go to the next level with your English? Are you already able to use English for practical daily life activities but now want to go beyond this into expressing more developed or abstract ideas in speaking and writing? Are you looking to expand or refresh your vocabulary and grammar knowledge in a fast-paced course? In this course you work towards level B2.

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

460,-

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Starting from 14 November 2022

+ 2 more dates

About the course

This course is for students who are at level B1. This means that you can already talk with people in English about yourself and your opinions and ideas, and you probably sometimes read English news and watch TV in English (with subtitles), but you don’t always know exactly how to say what you want to say. Maybe in your writing you know you make some grammar mistakes, but you’re not quite sure how to fix them.

In this course, our teachers will help you to take your English to B2 level. They will work on fluency and accuracy in both writing and speaking, adding to your knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. You will look at how to give more detailed, abstract and nuanced information. You will have lots of chances to speak and receive feedback on your spoken production.

You can start with this course if you have completed our B1 course or if you have attained B1 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

This course will take you towards level B2.

By the end of this course:

  • You will feel considerably more confident using English and will know many more words and phrases that help you to express yourself in speaking and writing. You will be able to present and discuss abstract ideas and information more easily. You will have practising speaking on a range of topics.
  • You will probably understand a lot more of the English you read and hear around you too. Maybe you’ll risk turning the subtitles off in an English language film every now and then!
  • This course will also give you the language you need to succeed in the Cambridge English First Exam (B2), if your goal is to get a certificate proving you are at level B2. 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 them to real life use.
  • Encourage students 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.
  • However, 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. Your teacher will show you some of these, and you can decide for yourself how much you want to do. We recommend jumping in!

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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 can do this here.
  • 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: 14 November 2022 (Virtual Classroom)
    Day Date Start End
    Monday 14 November 2022 20:00 21:45
    Monday 21 November 2022 20:00 21:45
    Monday 28 November 2022 20:00 21:45
    Monday 5 December 2022 20:00 21:45
    Monday 12 December 2022 20:00 21:45
    Monday 19 December 2022 20:00 21:45
    Monday 2 January 2023 20:00 21:45
    Monday 9 January 2023 20:00 21:45
    Monday 16 January 2023 20:00 21:45
    Monday 23 January 2023 20:00 21:45
    Monday 6 February 2023 20:00 21:45
    Monday 13 February 2023 20:00 21:45
    Monday 20 February 2023 20:00 21:45
    Monday 27 February 2023 20:00 21:45
    Monday 6 March 2023 20:00 21:45
    Monday 13 March 2023 20:00 21:45
    Monday 20 March 2023 20:00 21:45
    Monday 27 March 2023 20:00 21:45

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  • Starting date: 14 November 2022 (Utrecht)
    Day Date Start End
    Monday 14 November 2022 18:00 19:45
    Wednesday 16 November 2022 18:00 19:45
    Monday 21 November 2022 18:00 19:45
    Wednesday 23 November 2022 18:00 19:45
    Monday 28 November 2022 18:00 19:45
    Wednesday 30 November 2022 18:00 19:45
    Monday 5 December 2022 18:00 19:45
    Wednesday 7 December 2022 18:00 19:45
    Monday 12 December 2022 18:00 19:45
    Wednesday 14 December 2022 18:00 19:45
    Monday 19 December 2022 18:00 19:45
    Wednesday 21 December 2022 18:00 19:45
    Monday 2 January 2023 18:00 19:45
    Wednesday 4 January 2023 18:00 19:45
    Monday 9 January 2023 18:00 19:45
    Wednesday 11 January 2023 18:00 19:45
    Monday 16 January 2023 18:00 19:45
    Wednesday 18 January 2023 18:00 19:45

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