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Advanced Speaking Skills (online course)

Do you have a good command of English but would like to speak even more fluently? This is your chance! Advanced Speaking Skills offers you the opportunity to practise under the guidance of a native speaker!

Level

Advanced Speaking Skills: C1-C2 (CEFR)

Course contents

Each session has a specific theme. These may range from discussing current affairs based on a thought-provoking column to talking through a case study. The themes of each class are partially determined by the students on the course, thus creating a course that caters to student’s need’s.

The course covers the following themes:

•    Effective vocabulary recording and learning techniques
•    The world of work: discussing your work and professional experience
•    Developing an argument and the use of persuasive language
•    Debating/presenting/defending an argument
•    Discussing your future plans and making predictions
•    Discussing current affairs 
•    Using vague language
•    Tactful and diplomatic language
•    The importance of vocabulary and tone
•    Socialising and telling anecdotes
•    Idioms and expressions
•    The idiosyncrasies of English

Planning

The course meets once a week for 10 weeks. Each class is 1.5 hours. You should plan to spend 2 hours on homework each week.

Dates and times

This course is offered again in March 2021.

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Course material

  • 21st Century Communication 4
    ISBN: 9781305955479

Fees

Employee fee: € 555 (Excluding course material)
Regular fee: € 650 (Excluding course material)

Prior to registration: placement test

For Advanced Speaking Skills an OOPT score of at least 80 is required. You can apply for the online OOPT by emailing us at into@wur.nl. You will then receive an email containing a login code and an explanation of the test. You can take the test when it suits you. We advise you, however, to do so at your earliest opportunity. Tip: Make sure you are able to take the test without being disturbed. The test lasts a maximum of 80 minutes. It is not possible to pause the test and finish it at a later time. The test contains a listening component. Please use good headphones or speakers to listen to the audio fragments.

Results

Test completed? Please send an email to into@wur.nl so we can share your results with you. If you have any questions about this test, you can reach us via + 31 (0) 317 48 25 52 or into@wur.nl.