English Cambridge First (FCE)

Level: Intermediate (B1/B2)

Would you like to develop your English language skills and achieve a solid intermediate English level? During the interactive course English Cambridge First (FCE), we will help you on your way! You can also take this course if you wish to prepare for the Cambridge First Certificate exam.

In order to give you a worry-free start of your group course, we have put measures in place against the coronavirus and we offer you flexible booking. You can cancel or reschedule your enrolment for courses that start in November, without any additional costs. This is possible up to 10 days prior to the start date of the course.

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Starting from 17 November 2020

+ 3 more dates

Virtual classroom

€ 385,00

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Starting from 16 November 2020

+ 2 more dates

About the English Cambridge First (FCE) course

We will use a great variety of exercises and classroom activities to work on all your language skills and help you to reach a B2 level.

This course aims to improve your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, and learn self-study strategies. The course is also suitable for those who wish to sit the Cambridge First Certificate exam.

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Learning goals

This English Cambridge First is aimed at those who wish to reach level B2 in a short period of time and for those we wishes to take the Cambridge First exam. You can start with level B1+. Please note: this course follows after English level 4. You are not required to have followed the Level 4 course but completing the English placement test is strongly recommended. The course focuses on:

  • Increasing your general conversational skills: talking about emotions, the workplace, the environment; reporting what others say; practicing ways to speculate and deduce
  • Expanding your vocabulary: using new word combinations relating hobbies, city life, music; talking about hopes and dreams and other abstract or hypothetical ideas
  • Improving your pronunciation: receive feedback on spoken production; final sound of irregular verbs in past tense
  • Increasing your knowledge of grammar: reporting, using conditional structures, perfect tenses, passive structures, the order of adjectives
  • Developing your reading skills and acquiring self-study skills;
  • Improving your listening skills: following conversations and discussions about more abstract topics
  • Honing your writing skills: writing short reports, essays, articles

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The focus in the course sessions is on speaking and practical exercises with an emphasis on cooperative work and task-based activities. Grammar revision and vocabulary work are covered both in class and on a self-study basis.

You will be working with the Cambridge Objective First Certificate book. You can order all books required for the course on our special book page. Please ensure you bring your books to the first session.

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Time Investment

This English Cambridge First course consists of 18 sessions at Babel in Utrecht. The advised self-study load is 2-3 hours per session.

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  • The language of instruction is English. Active participation is essential if you want to benefit most from this course. Also allow yourself plenty of  time for self-study.
  • You will receive a certificate of participation if you attend at least 14 meetings.
  • 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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This course is included in two different programmes. You can choose between meeting once or twice a week:

  • Starting date: 16 November 2020 (Virtual Classroom)
    Monday16 November 202020:0021:45
    Wednesday18 November 202020:0021:45
    Monday23 November 202020:0021:45
    Wednesday25 November 202020:0021:45
    Monday30 November 202020:0021:45
    Wednesday2 December 202020:0021:45
    Monday7 December 202020:0021:45
    Wednesday9 December 202020:0021:45
    Monday14 December 202020:0021:45
    Wednesday16 December 202020:0021:45
    Monday4 January 202120:0021:45
    Wednesday6 January 202120:0021:45
    Monday11 January 202120:0021:45
    Wednesday13 January 202120:0021:45
    Monday18 January 202120:0021:45
    Wednesday20 January 202120:0021:45
    Monday25 January 202120:0021:45
    Wednesday27 January 202120:0021:45

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  • Starting date: 17 November 2020 (Utrecht)
    Tuesday17 November 202018:0019:45
    Thursday19 November 202018:0019:45
    Tuesday24 November 202018:0019:45
    Thursday26 November 202018:0019:45
    Tuesday1 December 202018:0019:45
    Thursday3 December 202018:0019:45
    Tuesday8 December 202018:0019:45
    Thursday10 December 202018:0019:45
    Tuesday15 December 202018:0019:45
    Thursday17 December 202018:0019:45
    Tuesday5 January 202118:0019:45
    Thursday7 January 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday12 January 202118:0019:45
    Thursday14 January 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday19 January 202118:0019:45
    Thursday21 January 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday26 January 202118:0019:45
    Thursday28 January 202118:0019:45

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  • Starting date: 9 February 2021 (Virtual Classroom)
    Tuesday9 February 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday16 February 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday23 February 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday2 March 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday9 March 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday16 March 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday23 March 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday30 March 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday6 April 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday20 April 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday4 May 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday11 May 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday18 May 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday25 May 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday1 June 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday8 June 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday15 June 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday22 June 202118:0019:45

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  • Starting date: 10 February 2021 (Utrecht)
    Wednesday10 February 202116:0017:45
    Wednesday17 February 202116:0017:45
    Wednesday24 February 202116:0017:45
    Wednesday3 March 202116:0017:45
    Wednesday10 March 202116:0017:45
    Wednesday17 March 202116:0017:45
    Wednesday24 March 202116:0017:45
    Wednesday31 March 202116:0017:45
    Wednesday7 April 202116:0017:45
    Wednesday21 April 202116:0017:45
    Wednesday28 April 202116:0017:45
    Wednesday5 May 202116:0017:45
    Wednesday12 May 202116:0017:45
    Wednesday19 May 202116:0017:45
    Wednesday26 May 202116:0017:45
    Wednesday2 June 202116:0017:45
    Wednesday9 June 202116:0017:45
    Wednesday16 June 202116:0017:45

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  • Starting date: 11 February 2021 (Utrecht)
    Thursday11 February 202120:1522:00
    Thursday18 February 202120:1522:00
    Thursday25 February 202120:1522:00
    Thursday4 March 202120:1522:00
    Thursday11 March 202120:1522:00
    Thursday18 March 202120:1522:00
    Thursday25 March 202120:1522:00
    Thursday1 April 202120:1522:00
    Thursday8 April 202120:1522:00
    Thursday22 April 202120:1522:00
    Thursday29 April 202120:1522:00
    Thursday6 May 202120:1522:00
    Thursday20 May 202120:1522:00
    Thursday27 May 202120:1522:00
    Thursday3 June 202120:1522:00
    Thursday10 June 202120:1522:00
    Thursday17 June 202120:1522:00
    Thursday24 June 202120:1522:00

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  • Starting date: 19 April 2021 (Virtual Classroom)
    Monday19 April 202118:0019:45
    Wednesday21 April 202118:0019:45
    Monday26 April 202118:0019:45
    Wednesday28 April 202118:0019:45
    Monday3 May 202118:0019:45
    Wednesday5 May 202118:0019:45
    Monday10 May 202118:0019:45
    Wednesday12 May 202118:0019:45
    Monday17 May 202118:0019:45
    Wednesday19 May 202118:0019:45
    Wednesday26 May 202118:0019:45
    Monday31 May 202118:0019:45
    Wednesday2 June 202118:0019:45
    Monday7 June 202118:0019:45
    Wednesday9 June 202118:0019:45
    Monday14 June 202118:0019:45
    Wednesday16 June 202118:0019:45
    Monday21 June 202118:0019:45

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  • Starting date: 20 April 2021 (Utrecht)
    Tuesday20 April 202118:0019:45
    Thursday22 April 202118:0019:45
    Thursday29 April 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday4 May 202118:0019:45
    Thursday6 May 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday11 May 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday18 May 202118:0019:45
    Thursday20 May 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday25 May 202118:0019:45
    Thursday27 May 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday1 June 202118:0019:45
    Thursday3 June 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday8 June 202118:0019:45
    Thursday10 June 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday15 June 202118:0019:45
    Thursday17 June 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday22 June 202118:0019:45
    Thursday24 June 202118:0019:45

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