English Upper Intermediate 1

Course information

The language course English Upper Intermediate 1 is suitable for students with a reasonably advanced knowledge of English. For example, you should be able to discuss symptoms or complaints with a family doctor and to understand a television programme about a familiar topic.

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

During English Upper Intermediate 1, you will learn how to write and tell stories. In the process, you will use vocabulary to indicate cause and effect (caused byeffect and affect) and use descriptive language (disappointingmind-blowingdull and unforgettable).

Skills you will have mastered by the end of this course include being able to understand complex spoken instructions and being able to carry on a fluent conversation without having to think for long about your response. You will also be able to understand the content of a news report, article or blog with ease.

The grammar covered in English Upper Intermediate 1 includes the formation of positive and negative questions (Why isn’t my computer working?) and indirect questions (Can you tell me…?). By the end of this course you will be familiar with many different verb forms in the present and past tenses.

Boost your English before English Upper Intermediate 1

If you have completed English Pre-Intermediate 2, you can start English Upper Intermediate 1 without an intake assessment. If you feel that your active English-language skills after English Pre-Intermediate 2 could use a boost, you could also choose to first take the Everyday English course, which focuses primarily on active language usage (including speaking, conversation and vocabulary).

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 Upper Intermediate 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 Pre-Intermediate 2 course at UvA Talen, an assesment will not be necessary.

Course materials

Cambridge English Empower Upper Intermediate, € 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 is also available as a crash course in December.

Day(s) Start End Time Hours Price
Mon-Tue-Wed-Thu-Fri 09 Sep 2019 04 Oct 2019 09:00 - 11:00 40 620 Enrol NOW!
Tuesdays & Thursdays 01 Oct 2019 05 Dec 2019 19:00 - 21:00 40 620 Enrol NOW!
Mon-Tue-Wed-Thu-Fri 07 Oct 2019 01 Nov 2019 09:00 - 11:00 40 620 Enrol NOW!
Mon-Tue-Wed-Thu-Fri 04 Nov 2019 29 Nov 2019 09:00 - 11:00 40 620 Enrol NOW!
Mon-Tue-Wed-Thu-Fri 02 Dec 2019 20 Dec 2019 09:00 - 12:00 45 620 Enrol NOW!