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English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

English as a Foreign Language

In our General English classes our international students are taught alongside ESOL students. This means that you will be taught in classes where students from different countries come together to learn English and to achieve their varied goals.

Which level should I apply for?

You will take a placement test on arrival which covers grammar, writing, listening and speaking. The result of the test will determine the level at which you start, but the level at which you finish will depend on how long you are staying and how hard you study.

What materials will I use?

General English classes cover reading, writing, speaking (including pronunciation) and listening. They are based on a course book.

Course books are not usually included in the course fees and you will have to buy the course book once we have determined your level.

Teachers don’t just use the course book, but usually add materials from other sources depending on students’ needs and interests. For example, they may bring in newspaper articles, use pronunciation websites or other online resources, or use news items from British television.

What does the syllabus cover?

In addition to the content specific to every level, the course also includes

  • dictionary and study skills so that you can continue to learn after you have finished your class
  • pronunciation skills (reading and understanding sounds so you can pronounce known words and new words correctly)
  • British culture and way of life
  • exam skills
  • work-related topics (for example, understanding job adverts, where to look for work, volunteering) and skills (cv writing, presentation skills, interpersonal skills)
  • oral presentation skills

What should I expect from the lessons?

In your lessons you will be asked to be active and participate in a variety of activities (e.g. grammar exercises, pair and group work, communication, self and peer correction, oral presentations, exam preparation). It is important that you ask questions when you do not understand. You will also be able to comment on your classes and tell us if you want additional topics or activities).
More information about the program HERE.

Where does the course take place?

The course takes place at Cambridge Regional College, Kings Hedges Road, Cambridge, CB4 2QT. Look on the college website for maps and information about our facilities.

Which options can I choose?

Specialised options include: Academic English, Speaking & Listening, IELTS Exam Preparation, English for Specific Purposes (e.g. English for Medicine, English for Technology, English for Business, English for IT) and English with a specialist subject (for example, English and Business Administration, English and IT or English and Business Management .

These classes develop independent learning skills, analytical and critical thinking, academic communication, confidence in using English in your field and strategies for entry to Higher Education or employment.

Is this course internationally recognised?

International students have a choice of internationally recognised General and Academic English examinations: the most popular with our students are IELTS and the Cambridge Suite of Examinations.

Cambridge Examinations

Level 1 Key English Test (KET) – A2
Level 2 Preliminary English Test (PET) – B1
Level 3 First Certificate of English (FCE) – B2
Level 4 Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) – C1
Level 5 Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) – C2

We can offer other examinations upon request.

How much does the course cost?

£150.00 per week (for 15 hours a week)
£50 registration fee

£25 – £100 for course books (depending on how long you are staying and which course you choose to study).

If you wish to take an IELTS test, please go to http://www.ielts.org for fees and other important information concerning studying in the UK.

If you wish to take a Cambridge Suite exam while you are studying at Cambridge Regional College, please click on this link  : http://www.cambridgeopencentre.org/asp_pages/examinations.asp

NB: we can help you with exam registration, but the exam fee is not included in your course fee so you will have to pay for this separately.

How do I apply for a place on the course?

You can apply online by clicking on the button below. Prospective candidates will be assessed initially through their application form and then with an interview face-to-face or via Skype. The purpose of this interview is both for tutors to assess your suitability for the course and also to give you the opportunity to find out more about the commitment you are taking on.

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