English Cambridge First

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, we will help you on your way! You can also take this course if you wish to prepare for the Cambridge First Certificate exam.

COVID-19: As long as the measures against the coronavirus are still in place, we will continue to host our classes in virtual classrooms. For the courses that start in the week of 20 April, we offer a free flexible booking policy.


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Starting from 20 April 2020

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About the English Cambridge First 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. 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

Moreover, if you are interested in taking the Cambridge First exam, the book used in this course offers these features to help you on your way:

  • ‘Writing folders’ develop the full range of writing skills needed for the Cambridge First exam – an area many Cambridge English: First candidates find challenging.
  • ‘Exam folders’ provide helpful advice for each part of the exam so that candidates are reassured that they will know what to expect in the exam and how best to tackle it.
  • The course draws upon the Cambridge English Corpus to provide examples of authentic and up-to-date English, and highlight areas of the exam that students find most challenging.
  • Vocabulary sections are informed by English Profile which ensures students learn the language expected of them at B2 level.

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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: 20 April 2020
    Monday20 April 202018:0019:45
    Wednesday22 April 202018:0019:45
    Wednesday29 April 202018:0019:45
    Monday4 May 202018:0019:45
    Wednesday6 May 202018:0019:45
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    Monday25 May 202018:0019:45
    Wednesday27 May 202018:0019:45
    Wednesday3 June 202018:0019:45
    Monday8 June 202018:0019:45
    Wednesday10 June 202018:0019:45
    Monday15 June 202018:0019:45
    Wednesday17 June 202018:0019:45
    Monday22 June 202018:0019:45
    Wednesday24 June 202018:0019:45

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  • Starting date: 8 September 2020
    Tuesday8 September 202018:0019:45
    Tuesday15 September 202018:0019:45
    Tuesday22 September 202018:0019:45
    Tuesday29 September 202018:0019:45
    Tuesday6 October 202018:0019:45
    Tuesday13 October 202018:0019:45
    Tuesday20 October 202018:0019:45
    Tuesday27 October 202018:0019:45
    Tuesday3 November 202018:0019:45
    Tuesday17 November 202018:0019:45
    Tuesday24 November 202018:0019:45
    Tuesday1 December 202018:0019:45
    Tuesday8 December 202018:0019:45
    Tuesday15 December 202018:0019:45
    Tuesday5 January 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday12 January 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday19 January 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday26 January 202118:0019:45

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  • Starting date: 10 September 2020
    Thursday10 September 202015:1517:00
    Thursday17 September 202015:1517:00
    Thursday24 September 202015:1517:00
    Thursday1 October 202015:1517:00
    Thursday8 October 202015:1517:00
    Thursday15 October 202015:1517:00
    Thursday22 October 202015:1517:00
    Thursday29 October 202015:1517:00
    Thursday5 November 202015:1517:00
    Thursday19 November 202015:1517:00
    Thursday26 November 202015:1517:00
    Thursday3 December 202015:1517:00
    Thursday10 December 202015:1517:00
    Thursday17 December 202015:1517:00
    Thursday7 January 202115:1517:00
    Thursday14 January 202115:1517:00
    Thursday21 January 202115:1517:00
    Thursday28 January 202115:1517:00

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