English 2

Practical Information

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.

Some knowledge of English is required for this course.  You 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 courses starting in September:

- Life Elementary Split Edition A by John Hughes, Helen Stephenson and Paul Dummett (NG Learning) ISBN 9781285758879
- Oxford English Grammar Course Basic by Michael Swan and Catherine Walter (Oxford) ISBN 978-0194420778

For courses starting in February:

- Life Elementary Split Edition B
by John Hughes, Helen Stephenson and Paul Dummett (NG Learning) ISBN 9781285758886
- Oxford English Grammar Course Basic by Michael Swan and Catherine Walter (Oxford) ISBN 978-0194420778

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 A1 A2
Reading A1 A2
Speaking production     A1 A2
Speaking interaction A1 A2
Writing A1 A2

Click on the skills for further clarification. 

Course Description

The participants’ basic knowledge of English is extended further in this course. The topics covered include study, work, and hobbies. There is a high degree of interaction between teacher and participants. Participants study the basics of grammar and the accompanying vocabulary and practise these skills in a communicative context. In principle, English is the language of instruction during the lessons. 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 issued a certificate.

Last Modified: 24-10-2017