Upper-Intermediate classes (B2)
This level is for students who have vocabulary exceeding 2,000 words, and are fairly fluent speakers, writers, readers and listeners.
Quite surprisingly to intermediate learners, Upper- Intermediate grammar revisits many areas already known to them but it examines them in more depth. This is how they learn about exceptions to many grammar rules learnt earlier, irregularities and smaller or larger differences in meaning and use between frequently confused structures, e.g. be used to doing st/used to do st, have done st/have st done. There is still more to be learnt about the use and non- use of articles, the way conditionals combine and about the nuanced meanings of some structures. With the realisation that a lot of English is governed by usage, not grammar, students need to readjust their learning strategies, with which our teachers are on hand to help.
Also in the study of vocabulary, more attention is now paid to usage, namely to established collocations, dependent prepositions, prepositional and adverbial phrases, phrasal verbs, idioms and other fixed expressions. After completing this level, students should be able to recognise and form new words based on their knowledge of prefixes and suffixes.
In writing lessons, we help B2 students explore and try many genres likely to come up in real life or the Cambridge First Certificate Test (FCE): an article, a discursive essay, a formal letter, etc. looking at their organisation, style and conventions. Whether students eventually choose to sit for it or not, FCE papers are occasionally brought in to allow students to benchmark their reading and listening skills.
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* Please note that all our classes are available subject to demand.