English Upper-Intermediate course (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? Then this is the one for you!

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



Starting from 28 June 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 the next 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. This course will also give you the language you need to succeed in the Cambridge English B2 First exam.


Learning goals

  • 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!
  • You can add to this course with our specialised Cambridge First Exam Training, if your goal is to get a certificate proving you are at level B2. Babel is a Cambridge exam centre, in partnership with the British Council. We are highly experienced in preparing students for their Cambridge exams and will support you every step of the way towards success in your exam.



We use the book English File Upper Intermediate. This book has a lot of online activities for self-study and homework included, and you can also download a special Pronunciation App to go with the course. Your trainer will work on activities from the book with you in every lesson, but will add other things too, depending on what you need.

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


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!



  • 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.



  • Starting date: 28 June 2022 (Virtual Classroom)
    Tuesday28 June 202218:0019:45
    Tuesday5 July 202218:0019:45
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  • Starting date: 6 September 2022 (Virtual Classroom)
    Tuesday6 September 202220:0021:45
    Thursday8 September 202220:0021:45
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    Thursday15 September 202220:0021:45
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  • Starting date: 8 September 2022 (Utrecht)
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    Thursday22 September 202218:0019:45
    Thursday29 September 202218:0019:45
    Thursday6 October 202218:0019:45
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    Thursday20 October 202218:0019:45
    Thursday27 October 202218:0019:45
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