English Cambridge Proficiency

Level: Advanced (C1/C2)

If you wish to express yourself flexibly in English in a wide variety of situations, this is the course for you! The course English Cambridge Proficiency will also provide you with the knowledge you need to pass the Cambridge Proficiency Exam (CPE).

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

€455,00

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Starting from 9 September 2020

+ 2 more dates

Virtual classroom

€ 395,00

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Starting from 7 July 2020

+ 2 more dates

About the English Cambridge Proficiency course

In this high-level course, you will become aware of the subtleties of English and learn to master a near-native range of everyday vocabulary and language structures. Interactive software will provide extra practice. The course will also provide you with the knowledge you need to pass the Cambridge Proficiency Exam (CPE).

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Learning goals

This English Cambridge Proficiency course is aimed at those who wish to achieve level C2 in a short period of time. You can start with level C1. This course offers you extensive practice in writing, speaking, listening and reading at a high level. Self-study strategies will also feature in this course. The course focuses on:

  • Improving advanced communication skill: using idioms to talk about emotions; using metaphors in your speech; expressing wishes; reporting what others have said; talking about abstract ideas at length
  • Expanding your vocabulary: using synonyms and learning how to phrase your ideas in a more sophisticated manner, using idioms with music words; learning about idioms to do with hardship
  • Improving your pronunciation and intonation: learn to use your intonation to convey nuances, work on stress and emphasis; review homophones and silent consonants
  • Increasing your knowledge of advanced grammar points: review inversion, concessive clauses, review of modals, gerunds and infinitives
  • Developing high-level reading skills and acquiring self-study skills;
  • Improving high-level listening skills: increase your comprehension of conversations about research and theories
  • Improving high-level writing skills: writing detailed letters, articles, reports, essays, and reviews

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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. The trainer will provide regular feedback on the spoken and written performance of participants. Grammar revision and vocabulary work are covered in class and done on a self-study basis.

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 Proficiency course consists of 18 sessions of 1 hour 45 minutes at Babel in Utrecht. The advised self-study load is 2-3 hours per session, preferably spread out evenly over the week.

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Practical

  • The language of instruction is English.
  • 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 in the course sessions and ample time for self-study are essential if you want to meet the requirements of this advanced proficiency course. You 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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Schedule

  • Starting date: 7 July 2020 (Virtual Classroom)
    DayDateStartEnd
    Tuesday7 July 202009:0010:45
    Thursday9 July 202009:0010:45
    Tuesday14 July 202009:0010:45
    Thursday16 July 202009:0010:45
    Tuesday21 July 202009:0010:45
    Thursday23 July 202009:0010:45
    Tuesday28 July 202009:0010:45
    Thursday30 July 202009:0010:45
    Tuesday4 August 202009:0010:45
    Thursday6 August 202009:0010:45
    Tuesday11 August 202009:0010:45
    Thursday13 August 202009:0010:45
    Tuesday18 August 202009:0010:45
    Thursday20 August 202009:0010:45
    Tuesday25 August 202009:0010:45
    Thursday27 August 202009:0010:45
    Tuesday1 September 202009:0010:45
    Thursday3 September 202009:0010:45

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  • Starting date: 8 September 2020 (Virtual Classroom)
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    Tuesday8 September 202020:0021:45
    Tuesday15 September 202020:0021:45
    Tuesday22 September 202020:0021:45
    Tuesday29 September 202020:0021:45
    Tuesday6 October 202020:0021:45
    Tuesday13 October 202020:0021:45
    Tuesday20 October 202020:0021:45
    Tuesday27 October 202020:0021:45
    Tuesday3 November 202020:0021:45
    Tuesday17 November 202020:0021:45
    Tuesday24 November 202020:0021:45
    Tuesday1 December 202020:0021:45
    Tuesday8 December 202020:0021:45
    Tuesday15 December 202020:0021:45
    Tuesday5 January 202120:0021:45
    Tuesday12 January 202120:0021:45
    Tuesday19 January 202120:0021:45
    Tuesday26 January 202120:0021:45

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  • Starting date: 9 September 2020 (Utrecht)
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    Wednesday9 September 202020:1522:00
    Wednesday16 September 202020:1522:00
    Wednesday23 September 202020:1522:00
    Wednesday30 September 202020:1522:00
    Wednesday7 October 202020:1522:00
    Wednesday14 October 202020:1522:00
    Wednesday21 October 202020:1522:00
    Wednesday28 October 202020:1522:00
    Wednesday4 November 202020:1522:00
    Wednesday18 November 202020:1522:00
    Wednesday25 November 202020:1522:00
    Wednesday2 December 202020:1522:00
    Wednesday9 December 202020:1522:00
    Wednesday16 December 202020:1522:00
    Wednesday6 January 202120:1522:00
    Wednesday13 January 202120:1522:00
    Wednesday20 January 202120:1522:00
    Wednesday27 January 202120:1522:00

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  • Starting date: 17 November 2020 (Utrecht)
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    Tuesday17 November 202020:1522:00
    Tuesday24 November 202020:1522:00
    Tuesday1 December 202020:1522:00
    Tuesday8 December 202020:1522:00
    Tuesday15 December 202020:1522:00
    Tuesday5 January 202120:1522:00
    Tuesday12 January 202120:1522:00
    Tuesday19 January 202120:1522:00
    Tuesday26 January 202120:1522:00
    Tuesday9 February 202120:1522:00
    Tuesday16 February 202120:1522:00
    Tuesday23 February 202120:1522:00
    Tuesday2 March 202120:1522:00
    Tuesday9 March 202120:1522:00
    Tuesday16 March 202120:1522:00
    Tuesday23 March 202120:1522:00
    Tuesday30 March 202120:1522:00
    Tuesday6 April 202120:1522:00

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  • Starting date: 18 November 2020 (Virtual Classroom)
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    Wednesday18 November 202018:0019:45
    Wednesday25 November 202018:0019:45
    Wednesday2 December 202018:0019:45
    Wednesday9 December 202018:0019:45
    Wednesday16 December 202018:0019:45
    Wednesday6 January 202118:0019:45
    Wednesday13 January 202118:0019:45
    Wednesday20 January 202118:0019:45
    Wednesday27 January 202118:0019:45
    Wednesday10 February 202118:0019:45
    Wednesday17 February 202118:0019:45
    Wednesday24 February 202118:0019:45
    Wednesday3 March 202118:0019:45
    Wednesday10 March 202118:0019:45
    Wednesday17 March 202118:0019:45
    Wednesday24 March 202118:0019:45
    Wednesday31 March 202118:0019:45
    Wednesday7 April 202118:0019:45

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  • Starting date: 20 November 2020 (Utrecht)
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    Friday20 November 202011:3013:15
    Friday27 November 202011:3013:15
    Friday4 December 202011:3013:15
    Friday11 December 202011:3013:15
    Friday18 December 202011:3013:15
    Friday8 January 202111:3013:15
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    Friday29 January 202111:3013:15
    Friday5 February 202111:3013:15
    Friday12 February 202111:3013:15
    Friday19 February 202111:3013:15
    Friday26 February 202111:3013:15
    Friday5 March 202111:3013:15
    Friday12 March 202111:3013:15
    Friday19 March 202111:3013:15
    Friday26 March 202111:3013:15
    Friday2 April 202111:3013:15

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