Course Information

Central Language School offers General English, Intensive English, Part-Time and Exam courses. Information on each of these courses can be found using the menu on the right.

What time of the year should I study?

We welcome students all year round and close only over the Christmas period. 

  • Summer courses – June/July/August
    Although this is when we have higher student numbers, the prices are the same, and classes are still a maximum of 10 students only. The weather is usually very sunny in Cambridge at this time so students can enjoy having picnics in the beautiful parks and the school organises other social activities in the afternoons or evenings.
  • Spring/Winter/Autumn
    Students who prefer a smaller class (on average 6 students) choose to come in these seasons. The school still offers social activities throughout the week.

Your Course and your Timetable

Your course may depend on your level, so we give you a placement assessment when you arrive. You can also take the Cambridge English test, which will tell you which exam you may be able to prepare for. This is only a guide, so we will advise you while you take a course.

Our Full-time courses are called General English (15 hours tuition per week) or Intensive English (21 hours tuition per week). Lessons are every morning from Monday to Friday, 09:30 until 13:00 with a coffee-break at 11:00. If you choose Intensive English there are also classes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons between 14:00-16:00.

We also offer some different Part-time course: at any time of year you can study on our Afternoon Course, which is the afternoon part of Intensive English, as above. At certain times of the year, we offer the part-time Beginners Morning course on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 09:30 to 11.00. 

There are social afternoon or evening activities for any of our students, offering extra practice in spoken English.

Course Length

You can start on any Monday (except public holidays) for a minimum of one week. Most students study 4–12 weeks. Some students study for up to one year. We can advise you on the length of course needed to achieve particular goals.

Your Class

The maximum class size is 10, but usually there are between 5 and 7 students per class. When you arrive at the school you will do a Placement Test to assess your level. You will then be placed in a class according to your grammar level, speaking ability and personal aims. Using different course books you will study English through a variety of topic areas with an emphasis on spoken communication. This involves pair-work, discussions and role-play. You will also have the opportunity to extend your vocabulary and consolidate your knowledge of grammar.

 

Class group

Certificates on last day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class group and certificates on the last day

   

Examinations

We prepare students for examinations at a range of levels throughout the year. These exams are set by Cambridge English Language Assessment. When you are studying at the school, our Exam Officer will give you a practice exam and the Assistant Director of Studies or your teachers will advise you on the best exam to take. You will have access to past papers and other material that will help you reach the required standard. For more information on the Cambridge exams, and dates for this year, please visit www.cambridgeopencentre.org or Anglia Ruskin IELTS Centre.

If you would like to know which exam level is most likely to suit you, please take the Cambridge English test. This is only a guide, and we will give you precise advice before preparing you for your exam.

If you take these exams we recommend the 21-hour course, which includes exam preparation.

KET Key English Test
(Elementary level)
4 times per year
PET Preliminary English Test
(Intermediate level)
6 times per year
FCE First Certificate in English
(Upper intermediate level)
6 times per year
CAE Certificate of Advanced English
(Upper intermediate/Advanced)
6 times per year
CPE Certificate of Proficiency in English
(Advanced)
4 times per year 
IELTS International English Language Testing System
(for entry to UK universities, Intermediate to Advanced levels)
Most Saturdays

You need to register for the Cambridge exams at least two months before the exam date. IELTS registration is 2 weeks before the exam, depending on availability. For more information on IELTS, dates and availability please visit the Anglia Ruskin University IELTS information page.

If you enter for an exam through the School, we will give you an exam pack which give you information about the exam. Before taking the real exam, students can choose to do a trial exam at the School, with feedback. 

Please note the fees for examinations are not included in your course fees and range from £80 to £160. 

General English

The General English course is 15 hours per week every morning starting at 09:30 and finishing at 13:00 with a coffee break at 11:00.

We use different course books* throughout the year from Elementary to Advanced level. There are many opportunities for you to practise your speaking and listening as well as your pronunciation, vocabulary, reading, grammar and writing. Each week your teachers will put information about classes on the noticeboard. 

On Mondays you will review work from the week before or take a monthly progress test. You can also study a special language topic such as Phrasal Verbs or Everyday Expressions. 

At the end of each week you have the opportunity to evaluate the lessons and you can ask for a monthly progress appointment with one of your teachers. 

You may also do exam practice (for those students taking exams such as KET, PET, FCE, CAE, CPE or IELTS).

Full-time students who have studied for 2 weeks or longer will receive a certificate and a report at the end of their course. 

*There is no fee for course books unless lost or damaged.

Intensive English

Students who wish to spend more time learning English can enrol on the Intensive English course (21 hours a week). Students on this course will join the General English classes in the morning and then attend afternoon classes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 14.00 to 16.00. Please read the General English page for information about the morning classes. 

The afternoon classes focus on different language skills:

  • Speaking, Listening and Pronunciation
  • Reading and Use of English
  • Writing.

A typical week may include:

  • How to find information in different texts
  • How to write a formal and informal email
  • Exam skills for PET, FCE, CAE and CPE
  • Useful language for everyday life

There is also opportunity for discussion in pairs and groups.

We do not recommend Intensive English for students who are Pre-Intermediate level or below. 

Intensive English students will be able to join other students for social activities some afternoons and evenings. 

Part-Time Courses

AFTERNOON COURSE

You can start your Afternoon Course on any Tuesday after you have taken the placement test. The Afternoon Course is for 6 hours per week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 14.00 and 16.00.

 The afternoon classes focus on different language skills:

  • Speaking, Listening and Pronunciation
  • Reading and Use of English
  • Writing

A typical week may include:

  • How to find information in different texts
  • How to write a formal and informal email
  • Exam skills for PET, FCE, CAE and CPE
  • Useful language for everyday life

There is also opportunity for discussion in pairs and groups.

 Afternoon students will be able to join other students for social activities some afternoons and evenings.

BEGINNERS MORNING COURSE

This course is offered from time to time, depending on demand. The course is suitable for beginner levels only and covers both vocabulary and grammar with an emphasis on listening and speaking. The timetable is on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 09.30-11.00. 

Next course dates: contact us for starting dates. 

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