The course at a Glance
The course is aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference (or “CEFR”). The CEFR helps you to find your current level of English ability and the level of English you need for the future.
The course is divided into 12 modules. Two modules combine to make up one level of the CEFR (excluding B1). If you took the full course it can help you progress from CEFR level A1 to level C1. If you study as recommended, you can expect to complete a module in three months – this is equivalent to advancing a level of the CEFR in six months.
Each module includes learning, exercises and tests which work together to grow and test comprehension and improve your ability. There are at least 50 hours of learning available in each module, more in the higher levels, along with many additional resources. These create a fully involved learning experience, which is unlike any other course provider.
An integrated English test at the start of the course will help to place you at the correct starting module. For example, if your current level of English is A2 then the test will place you into Module 5. It’s important that you start with the most relevant module – if you start too low you will find the course too easy but start to high and you will not learn as quickly as you are able.
As each module is completed, a certificate is awarded to evidence and recognise the achievement of completing each level.
Also, the course prepares learners for the IELTS, TOEIC and TOEFL exams which are recognised by universities, employers and governments around the world.
Upper-Advanced Plus corresponds to the second part of the C1 of CEFR
This level moves you towards mastery of English with a particular emphasis on business. By the time you finish this module, you willl be able to express ideas fluently and spontaneously.
Practically, you will learn workplace based tasks such as talk about training and discuss employer / employee expectations and difficult conversations. You will give an impromptu sales presentation where you need to use influence and persuasion skills and enter into and conclude complex negotiations. You will discuss ethics and values and the wider challenges and issues related to the Enron collapse. Other tasks include writing a complex proposal and a sales & marketing email.
Grammatically, you learn how to distance and depersonalize what you say using the passive, use discourse markers, emphasize using inversion, and use participle clauses, in addition to other important structures.
Upper-Advanced corresponds to the first part of the C1 level of the CEFR
Once completed, you will be able to express ideas fluently and spontaneously without obvious effort, use language flexibly and effectively for academic, professional and social purposes, understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning.
Practically by the end of this module, you will have the confidence to perform key business tasks such as managing meetings and teleconferences and give formal presentations. They will be able to handle difficult objections and situations in sales meetings and negotiations and problem solve & brainstorm in a group environment and many other business and professional tasks. You will also revise the verb tenses, learn how to speculate about the future in a discussion on banking risk, add emphasis using fronting, cleft sentences, and adverbs, and reference using pronouns, in addition to other important sentence structures.
Advanced corresponds to the second part of the B2 level of the CEFR
You will be able to speak naturally, hold a fluent conversation, understand in detail what is being said in standard English, even in a noisy environment, react spontaneously, adapt to changes of direction in conversations, and correct mistakes and errors which may cause misunderstanding.
You learn, among other things, to use the conditional structures, the future perfect, verbs expressing deduction and perception and reported speech. You will also learn vocabulary relating to forms of government, business, hospitals, crimes, expressions with off, phrasal verbs and expressions with get.
Advanced corresponds to the first part of the B2 level of the CEFR
This level allows you to speak naturally, hold a fluent conversation, understand in detail what is being said in standard English – even in a noisy environment; react spontaneously, adapt to changes of direction in conversations and correct mistakes and errors which may cause misunderstanding.
You will use the future continuous, the past perfect continuous, express ability and obligation in the future and in the present perfect, and to use the continuous tenses and the passive infinitive. You also learn vocabulary related to technology, facial features, photography, geography, arts, phrasal verbs, expressions with have, and many other topics.
Upper-Intermediate Plus corresponds to the second part of the B1+ level of the CEFR.
Successfully completing this module will allow a student to give specific information during an interview summarize and give their opinion on a text, talk, debate, interview, or documentary, and to answer questions which require specific detail.
They will learn, among other things, to use the passive voice and the past perfect, reported speech, express permission, obligation, and prohibition with modal verbs. You will also learn vocabulary related to food, lifestyle, phrasal verbs, work history and many other topics.
Upper Intermediate corresponds to the first part of the B1+ level of the CEFR
You will be able to give specific information during an interview or medical examination, explain the cause of a problem, summarize and give an opinion on a text, talk, debate, interview, or documentary and answer questions which require specific detail.
You will learn, among other things, to use the present perfect continuous, to make indirect questions, express reason, cause, or contrast. They will also learn vocabulary related to literature, phone conversations, business, music and phrasal verbs.
Intermediate Plus corresponds to the second part of the B1 level of the CEFR
By the end of the module, you will be able to use the conditionals, adjectives and adverbs of probability, the verbs tell and say, and infinitive structures. You will also learn vocabulary related to mathematics, airports, legal matters, feelings expressed with do and make.
Intermediate corresponds to the first part of the B1 level of the CEFR
This level allows you to understand the main ideas of debates, ask and give personal opinions in discussion, express in a clear manner the main idea of the issue, deal with situations such as on public transport or when travelling abroad.
By the end of the module, you will be able to use the present perfect, the passive voice both in the past and present, indefinite pronouns and defining relative clauses. You will also learn vocabulary related to food, vehicles, the Internet, materials, differences between British and American English.
Pre-Intermediate Plus corresponds to the second part of the A2 level of the CEFR
After completing this level a learner will be able to ask and answer questions about what they do at work and in their free time, to give and accept invitations, and to talk about the things they need to do.
They will learn to use the past continuous (‘He was singing’), to make requests and offers (‘May I help you?’), to make suggestions (‘Let’s go dancing’), and comparative and superlative adjectives. They will also learn vocabulary related to colours, health problems, study, cinema, banks, and many other topics.
Pre-Intermediate corresponds to the first part of the A2 level of the CEFR
In this level you learn greetings, to react to news, to engage in short social interactions, to ask and answer questions about what you do for work and free time, to give and accept invitations, and to talk about the things you need to do.
They will learn to use the past simple, future with going to, countable and uncountable nouns, as well as would like, some, and any. You will also learn vocabulary related to food and drink, jobs, the weather, music, and money.
Elementary Plus corresponds to the second part of the A1 level of the CEFR
After completing this level you will be able to interact in English simply, ask and answer questions about yourself and make simple sentences about everyday topics.
You will learn, to use the present simple and present continuous , prepositions of location (in, on, at, etc.), to ask questions, and to express likes. In addition they will learn vocabulary related to sports and hobbies, work, and other topics.
Elementary corresponds to the first part of the A1 of thte CEFR
After completing this module, you should be able to interact in English in a simple manner, ask and answer questions about yourself, the place you live, the people you know and the things you have, and make simple sentences about everyday topics. They will have learned, amongst other things, to use the verb to be, the demonstrative adjectives (this, that, these, and those), the articles (a, an, and the) and the imperative (‘Listen!’). You will also find vocabulary related to numbers, countries, nationalities, professions, means of transport, clothes, family, and many other topics.