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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.

After completing English Lab Skills 1, you can further develop your all-round academic English in English Skills Lab 2.


    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

    The course English Skills Lab 1 is offered annually in January, April and at the end of September/beginning of October.

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    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.


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

    Prior to registration: placement test

    For English Skills Lab 1 an OOPT score between 50 and 70 is required. You can apply for the online OOPT by emailing us at
    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.

    Test completed? Please send an email to 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