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.

This course is also offered on location. Read more under the Practical tab.

Are you curious what it is like to attend language classes in our virtual classroom? Watch our demo and take a (online) tour in our virtual classroom.

Classroom course

€440,00

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Starting from 10 September 2020

+ 2 more dates

Virtual classroom

€ 385,00

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Starting from 8 September 2020

+ 1 more dates

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 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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Method

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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Practical

  • 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.
  • This course will be offered on-location at our teaching centre in Utrecht. To guarantee 1.5 metre distance between students, the classes will take place in small groups with a maximum of 8 participants. Due to this small group size, the teacher will be able to give you extra personal attention. Click here for course dates and prices and to enrol for this on-location course. Please make sure that you enrol for the course that is listed as being ‘location Utrecht Nieuwegracht’, because this course is also taught in the virtual classroom.

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Schedule

This course is included in two different programmes. You can choose between meeting once or twice a week:

  • Starting date: 8 September 2020 (Virtual Classroom)
    DayDateStartEnd
    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 (Utrecht)
    DayDateStartEnd
    Thursday10 September 202015:4517:30
    Thursday17 September 202015:4517:30
    Thursday24 September 202015:4517:30
    Thursday1 October 202015:4517:30
    Thursday8 October 202015:4517:30
    Thursday15 October 202015:4517:30
    Thursday22 October 202015:4517:30
    Thursday29 October 202015:4517:30
    Thursday5 November 202015:4517:30
    Thursday19 November 202015:4517:30
    Thursday26 November 202015:4517:30
    Thursday3 December 202015:4517:30
    Thursday10 December 202015:4517:30
    Thursday17 December 202015:4517:30
    Thursday7 January 202115:4517:30
    Thursday14 January 202115:4517:30
    Thursday21 January 202115:4517:30
    Thursday28 January 202115:4517:30

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  • Starting date: 10 September 2020 (Utrecht)
    DayDateStartEnd
    Thursday10 September 202018:0019:45
    Thursday17 September 202018:0019:45
    Thursday24 September 202018:0019:45
    Thursday1 October 202018:0019:45
    Thursday8 October 202018:0019:45
    Thursday15 October 202018:0019:45
    Thursday22 October 202018:0019:45
    Thursday29 October 202018:0019:45
    Thursday5 November 202018:0019:45
    Thursday19 November 202018:0019:45
    Thursday26 November 202018:0019:45
    Thursday3 December 202018:0019:45
    Thursday10 December 202018:0019:45
    Thursday17 December 202018:0019:45
    Thursday7 January 202118:0019:45
    Thursday14 January 202118:0019:45
    Thursday21 January 202118:0019:45
    Thursday28 January 202118:0019:45

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  • Starting date: 16 November 2020 (Utrecht)
    DayDateStartEnd
    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)
    DayDateStartEnd
    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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