English Advanced 1

Course information

English Advanced 1 is intended for students with an advanced knowledge of English. You should be able to carry on a conversation without thinking too long about how to formulate a reaction and be able to read texts on a wide range of topics.

This course focuses on reading, writing, speaking and listening. Grammar and vocabulary are also covered as components of these skills.

During English Advanced 1, you will be introduced to the nuances of spoken English. For example, you will learn to idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms, and you will become increasingly adept at using figurative and witty language. If you make an error in speech, you will be able to correct yourself without interruption.

By the end of this course, you will be able to write texts as an independent language user. For example, you will be able to write a reaction in which you use such vocabulary as you’re spot on and I’m in two minds about that. You will be able to read texts on a variety of topics, including private, academic and professional.

The grammar covered during English Advanced 1 is of a high level. Skills you will learn include the use of the future in the past (he was about to get on the bus) and compound nouns (game consolepasser-by).

If you successfully complete this course, you will receive a certificate showing the level you have attained and you will be able to continue to English Advanced 2.


The intake procedure for this course comprises: intake interview, online test

After you have registered for this course, we will invite you for an assessment to determine your level. We recommend that you enrol at least two weeks before the start of the course. If you enrol later than this, we cannot guarantee there will be time for the intake procedure.

If you have completed the English Upper Intermediate 2 course at UvA Talen, an assessment will not be necessary.

Course materials

Cambridge English Empower Advanced, € 55 (chapter 1-5)
The course material is not included in the course price. If you buy the books via UvA Talen, you will receive them from the teacher during the first lesson.

Schedule and registration

This course can also be taken as an intensive summer course.
This course is also available as a crash course in December.

Day(s) Start End Time Hours Price
Mon-Tue-Wed-Thu-Fri 10 Aug 2020 04 Sep 2020 11:15 - 13:15 40 620 Enrol NOW!
Mon-Tue-Wed-Thu-Fri 07 Sep 2020 02 Oct 2020 11:15 - 13:15 40 620 Enrol NOW!
Mon-Tue-Wed-Thu-Fri 05 Oct 2020 30 Oct 2020 11:15 - 13:15 40 620 Enrol NOW!
Tuesdays & Thursdays 06 Oct 2020 10 Dec 2020 19:00 - 21:00 40 620 Enrol NOW!
Mon-Tue-Wed-Thu-Fri 02 Nov 2020 27 Nov 2020 11:15 - 13:15 40 620 Enrol NOW!
Mon-Tue-Wed-Thu-Fri 30 Nov 2020 18 Dec 2020 13:00 - 16:00 45 620 Enrol NOW!