English 5

Practical Information

This course will also be offered as a semi-intensive course in May/June (6 weeks, 2 sessions per week) and as an intensive course in August (3 weeks, 5 sessions per week). 

No. of lessons: 12
Preparation: Approximately 2 hours per lesson
Target group: Students, university staff and others 
Max. number of participants: 18
Language of instruction English
Conclusion Final test and certificate (min. 80% attendance)
Course load: The course load is 56 hours. On request a Course load declaration form can be issued. The student should enquire with their department whether course participation can be converted into credits.

Course Fees

Course Programme and Enrolment

For information on the current programme and in order to enrol, please follow the link below. You can enroll until a week before the start of the course. Individuals can pay by Credit Card (Mastercard or VISA) or iDeal.     

                        current programme - lesson times - enrolment  

If classes are canceled due to unforeseen circumstances, they will be added on to the end of the course. Please take into account courses may end later than scheduled.

The holiday periods can be found in the Academic Language Centre's academic calendar.

Target Group and Admission Requirements

This course is intended for highly educated adults, both students and staff members of Leiden University, as well as interested parties with no affiliation with Leiden University. Speakers of languages other than Dutch can also participate in this course.

This course requires knowledge of the English language. Participants who have obtained the certificate for the previous course at the Academic Language Centre can register directly. Other participants are strongly advised  to take a placement test in order to find out which level suits your current knowledge of the English language. You can simply complete the online placement test at home. When you are in doubt, contact us: 071 - 5272332 / talencentrum@hum.leidenuniv.nl

If you wish, you may also take the test at the reception desk of the Academic Language Centre on working days between 9:00 and 15:30 o'clock. It is not necessary to make an appointment.

Course Material

For the semi-intensive course starting in May:

- Compact Advanced Student's Book Pack (Student's Book with Answers with CD-ROM and Class Audio CDs) by Peter May (Cambridge University Press) ISBN-13: 978-1107418196

For courses starting in September:

- Objective Advanced: Student's Book with Answers (Fourth Edition) by Jan Bell & Roger Cower (Pearson) ISBN: 9781107657557

For courses starting in February:

-Expert Advanced: Coursebook (Third Edition) by Jan Bell & Roger Gower (Pearson) ISBN: 9781447961987.

You are requested to arrange your own purchase of the course material. The books are available at most good bookstores.


The course level is indicated with the help of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Skills Starting level     Target level
Listening B2 C1
Reading B2 C1
Speaking production     B2 C1
Speaking interaction B2 C1
Writing B2 C1

Click on the skills for further clarification.   

Course Description

The participants’ knowledge of English is further extended in this course, leading to the high-level command of English required for instance in a work situation or a traineeship. There is a high degree of interaction between teacher and participants, in the form of class discussions and other fluency assignments which allow the participants to further hone their speaking skills. Writing assignments are used to further improve the participants’ writing skills. Participants study advanced elements of grammar and the accompanying vocabulary and practice these skills in a communicative context. In principle, English is the language of instruction during the lessons. The English (BBC) pronunciation is practised both individually and as a group using language lab equipment. Participants are expected to prepare the lessons at home (approximately two hours per lesson).

The course is concluded with a written test. Participants who have attended 80% of the lessons and who have successfully completed the final test are awarded a certificate.  

Last Modified: 24-10-2017