English Cambridge Preliminary (PET)

Level: Intermediate (B1/B2)

Would you like to develop your ability to communicate in English for practical tasks and situations and accomplish this in an effective way while making considerable progress? The intermediate course English Cambridge Preliminary (PET) will help you on your way.

Make use of our flexible booking policy for classroom-based courses. With our flexible booking policy, you can cancel or reschedule your enrolment for on-site courses that start in September, without any additional costs.

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Starting from 17 November 2020

Virtual classroom

€ 380,00

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Starting from 16 November 2020

About the English Cambridge Preliminary (PET) course

Do you need to improve your English for work or for your studies? Would you like to prepare for an internationally recognized qualification? This fast-track course will help you on your way. We will use a great variety of exercises enabling you to work on all your language skills.

This intensive course (2 evenings per week) aims to improve listening, speaking, reading and writing skills at a faster pace. Self-study strategies will also be covered.

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Learning goals

This course is aimed at those with a higher educational background who wish to achieve level B1+ in a short period of time. You can start with level A2+. The course focuses on:

  • Increasing your knowledge of grammar: talking about your daily life, future plans and accomplishments; using just, already and yet correctly
  • Expanding your vocabulary and idioms: learning to describe people’s appearance, personality, and interests. Moreover, learning to give advice and make appointments
  • Increasing your general conversational skills: learning to make invitations and respond to invitations as well as asking polite questions and saying you don’t understand
  • Developing better reading and comprehension skills: being able to read short texts about everyday topics
  • Improving and correcting your pronunciation: saying days, months, and times; the final sound of regular verbs in the past tense
  • Improving your listening skills: learning to follow basic conversations
  • Developing your writing skills: writing basic letters and emails
  • Acquiring self-study skills.

Conversation practice about everyday topics will increase your vocabulary and fluency. Grammar revision will make you more confident about your accuracy in using English. This course will also provide you with the knowledge you need for more advanced courses and for the Cambridge Preliminary (PET) exam.

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During the course, the focus is on speaking and practical, hands-on exercises using task-based activities. Grammar revision and vocabulary work are covered in class and on a self-study basis.

You will be working with the Cambridge Objective Preliminary book and workbook. 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 course consists of 18 sessions at Babel in Utrecht. The advised self-study load is 6-8 hours a week.

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  • The language of instruction is English.
  • You will be working with the Cambridge Objective Preliminary book and workbook. You can order all books required for the course on our special book page. Please ensure you bring your books to the first session.
  • Active participation is preferred during the course meetings and ample time for self-study, preferably spread out evenly over the week. You will receive a certificate of participation if you attend at least 80% of the 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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  • Starting date: 16 November 2020 (Virtual Classroom)
    Monday16 November 202018:0019:45
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  • Starting date: 17 November 2020 (Utrecht)
    Tuesday17 November 202018:1520:00
    Tuesday24 November 202018:1520:00
    Tuesday1 December 202018:1520:00
    Tuesday8 December 202018:1520:00
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    Tuesday30 March 202118:1520:00
    Tuesday6 April 202118:1520:00

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