English 6

This is a practical English course at a highly advanced level, designed to meet the needs of adults who wish to improve their communication skills and their overall command of the language for work, study, and in social situations.

Practical Information

No. of lessons: 12 lessons of 1:45 hours each (including breaks)
Preparation: approximately 3 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.     

                         course 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 courses starting in September:

- Objective Proficiency Student's Book Second Edition by Annette Capel, Wendy Sharp (Cambridge 2013) ISBN 978-1-107-64637-7
- Advanced Grammar in Use Third Edition by Martin Hewings (Cambridge) ISBN 978-1107697386

For courses starting in February:

- Proficiency Expert Coursebook by Megan Roderick et al. (Pearson 2013) ISBN 978-1447937593 
- Advanced Grammar in Use Third Edition by Martin Hewings (Cambridge) ISBN 978-1107699892

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.  For our courses, the C2 level is divided into level C2.1 and C2.2. In this course you will start working on the competences that belong to C2.

Skills Starting level     Target level
Listening C1 C2.1
Reading C1 C2.1
Speaking production     C1 C2.1
Speaking interaction C1 C2.1
Writing C1 C2.1

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 practise 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