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English Skills Lab 1: Academic Grammar & Vocabulary refresher course (online course)

Do you sometimes have difficulty accurately using English grammar in your academic studies? Would you like to develop the academic vocabulary you need to perform well in all your academic activities? This online course equips students to operate effectively in English during their academic journey. It reviews and develops the use of the essential aspects of English grammar and vocabulary that you need to succeed at the university level.

This course is taught entirely online using the Virtual Classroom in Brightspace.

Target group

English Skills Lab 1 is for Bachelor’s and Master’s students looking to refresh their academic grammar and vocabulary skills. The maximum number of participants per group is 16.

Course level

English Skills Lab 1: B1/B2

Course content

Each session will focus on specific language areas – both grammar and vocabulary – and will offer ample opportunity to practise and gain confidence in the accurate use of that language within the session. The course expects students to complete language assignments during self-study, thus freeing up more class time for questions, feedback and practice.

  • Grammar covered: A review of past, present and future tenses; making comparisons; and word order in English.
  • Vocabulary covered: A range of topics dealing with academic verbs, adjectives, nouns, adverbs, collocations, discussing visuals and speculating in academic English.


This course includes 8 online classes, one per week. Each session is 1 hour and 45 minutes. You should expect to spend 2 to 3 hours on homework each week.

Dates and times

Day Start date End date Time
Monday 27 September 29 November 19:30-21:15 hrs

View the full schedule here.

If you would like to take this course but it is either full or does not list a starting date that suits you, please click here and you will be notified once you can sign up for new dates.

Course material

Participants will have access to Brightspace, where all the required materials will be available.

Certification and exam

To receive a Wageningen in'to Languages certificate, a minimum attendance of 80% is required. After completing English Lab Skills 1, you can further develop your all-round academic language skills in English Skills Lab 2.


BSc/Msc WUR Students € 60
WUR Employees € 250
Regular fee € 275