English intensive 4

This intensive level 4 course is only offered in July. It consists of 15 sessions of 3 hours in three weeks. Due to the intensive nature of the course, participants are as it were immersed in the target language and are able to make great progress in a short period of time.

Practical Information

No. of lessons: 15 lessons of 3 hours each (including breaks)
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% attendence)
Course load: The student should enquire with their department whether course participation can be converted into credits. The course is equivalent to 3 ECTS.

Course Fees

Current Programme and Enrolment

For information on the current programme and in order to enrol, please follow the link below. Individuals can pay by Credit Card (Mastercard or VISA) or iDeal.  

                       current programme - lesson times - enrolment

Target Group and Admission Requirements

This is an intensive English summer course at upper-intermediate level, designed to meet the practical language needs of learners who wish to practise and improve their communication skills and their overall command of the language in a relatively informal setting for work, study, and for socialising confidently in English.

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

- Life Upper Intermediate with DVD by Helen Stephenson, Paul Dummett and
John Hughes (Cengage Learning Inc.) ISBN 978-1-133-31572-8
- English Grammar in Use Fourth Edition by Raymond Murphy (Cambridge) ISBN 978-0521189392

You are requested to arrange your own purchase of the course material. The books are available at most good bookstores. Please make sure you buy these or more recent editions.


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

Skills Starting level Target level
Listening B1 B2
Reading B1 B2
Speaking production B1 B2
Speaking interaction B1 B2
Writing B1 B2

Click on the skills for further clarification.

Course Description

This is a practical rather than a theoretical language course which aims to involve learners’ thoughts, opinions and knowledge as they are practising. To this end, you will frequently work in pairs and groups, and there will also be a lot of student-teacher interaction in open-class discussions, as well as other fluency tasks. The course material makes learning enjoyable, with thought-provoking texts and motivating practice activities, including interviewing, role-playing, participation in group discussions. Fluency is practised individually, in pairs and groups. The language of instruction is English.
The target level is B2+ in accordance with the European Common Framework of Reference for Languages.

Last Modified: 25-10-2017