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Basic English

Would you like to improve your basic speaking and listening skills in English? The focus of the course is on practical skills, but ample attention is also given to English culture.

Classes take place on the Wageningen University & Research Campus, in the Forum building.

Target groups

Basic English is a course for Wageningen University & Research Language Policy, and is for all employees who want to acquire a solid foundation in English in a short amount of time. The course is also open to external participants.

Course level

Basic English: A1/A2 CEFR


The following topics are included in the course:

  • Providing personal information
  • Explaining yourself to others: asking and answering questions
  • Establishing grammar, vocabulary foundation
  • Practising pronunciation
  • Reading and writing basics


This course runs for 12 classes. There will be 1 weekly class of 1 hour and 30 minutes. In addition to the classes, you will be spending 2 to 3 hours on homework each week.

Dates and times

This course is offered in February and September each year.

Startdate Enddate Day Time
11 September 4 December Monday 15.30 - 17.00 hrs.

Course material

  • English Unlimited - Elementary self-study pack (workbook + dvd)
    ISBN: 9780521697743

  • Recommended:
    English Grammar in Use, with answers + CD-Rom, Thrid edition
    ISBN: 9780521189392


If you are taking the course in the context of Wageningen University & Research Language Policy, your skills will be tested in the final class. If you pass this test, you will receive a Wageningen in’to Languages certificate. Should you not pass, you will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance (providing you have attended enough classes).


  • WUR employees € 418
  • Regular fee € 465

Prior to registration: placement test

To make sure everyone is placed in the right course, new course participants are obliged to take the free Oxford Online Placement Test. This course needs a score of at least 40. Please note: registration cannot be confirmed without a placement test result. Arrange an appointment through our online calendar.

Please note that it is not possible to withdraw your subscription online. If you are unable to attend your appointment please let us know by phone (+31 317 48 25 52) or send an e-mail to