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Proficiency I

Adults ∙ Exam Prep Courses

This course aims at the intensive completion of the C1 & C2 levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The course includes reading, writing, listening and speaking components that draw on new trends in educational technology and language teaching. It typically aims to prepare students for the ECPE1 they are to sit for after the end of the course.

At this level, students are typically expected to be able to:

  • express themselves spontaneously fluently and precisely, differentiating subtle conceptual nuances even in more complex situations
  • summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments in a coherent presentation
  • produce clear, detailed, and well-structured texts on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices
  • understand with ease virtually everything heard or read
  • take part in the C2 level certification exams of the University of Michigan (ECPE)


This course provides practice in vocabulary, grammar, speaking, listening, reading, writing. It also includes familiarization with the ECPE format and preparation for the examination.

  • The reading component typically consists of longer, adapted and authentic, texts as included in the selected textbooks used or in the additional teaching material designed by the Academic Team specifically for the needs of the course. Some of the topics covered include the environment, technology, science, society and civilization, art, culture, etc.
  • The listening component typically consists of listening to a variety of TV/radio interviews, commentaries, conversations, lectures, and technical or scientific analyses, etc. Students will also practice exam-type listening activities for the ECPE.
  • The writing component consists of writing descriptive and opinion essays, articles, proposals, etc.
  • The speaking component typically consists of intonation and pronunciation practice, discussing topics, describing events, role-playing, dialogues, giving both sides of an argument, reaching a consensus, etc., and practice in the types of speaking activities found in the ECPE.
  • The grammar component consists of the complete verb system and its subcases, inversion, the use of gerunds/infinitives and the subcases-exceptions to their use, direct and indirect speech, passive voice, causative form, conditionals and wishes, etc.
  •  The vocabulary component consists of phrases, synonyms-antonyms, word building, expressions, idioms, proverbs, collocations, dependent prepositions, subtle conceptual nuances and variations, euphemism and sophisticated vocabulary associated with the topics under discussion, etc. Particular emphasis will be given to the vocabulary contained in the practice tests for the ECPE.


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  • Remedial Lessons
  • Support Lessons
  • Discount for Speaking classes
  • Workshops

Weekly Schedule


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The ECPE constitutes an official certification of knowledge of the English language at C2 level.

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