Language Center

Improving your English to C2

This course aims to support you in attaining a near-native level of overall proficiency in English, i.e. in speaking, writing, reading and listening. You will learn to use the grammar and vocabulary typical of a proficient user of English at C2 level.

In this course, you will dedicate yourself to detailed and in-depth study of language and skills at C2 level, with a special focus on selected areas of advanced grammar, vocabulary, and idiom. Attention is paid to improving those skills needed to function at a high level in an English-taught graduate program or English-speaking professional environment. This means you will develop all four skills (listening, speaking, reading & writing) towards the C2 level. You will learn to comprehend longer written and spoken texts from a range of genres and produced in a range of English varieties and accents. You will also learn to produce fluent speech in presentation, discussion and conversation. With respect to writing, attention is paid to learning to write texts which are highly organized and with consideration for detail and style.

Target audience

This course is recommended if you are an ambitious student who already possesses a very high level of English (C1 or higher) and wish to attain a level close to that of the native speaker. If you wish to function with ease in an English language professional environment or undertake graduate study in English, this course will prepare you towards these ends.

At the end of the course you will be able to

  • interpret and connect ideas in more complex texts on topics within and outside your field of interest;
  • comprehend extended speech with one or more speakers in a range of social, professional and academic settings with little difficulty, even when this speech is less organized, delivered at fast native speed or in a less familiar variety of English;
  • express yourself fluently, clearly and appropriately in a range of social and academic or professional situations with the ability to formulate ideas and opinions on both familiar and unfamiliar topics with considerable detail, precision and flexibility;
  • compose structured written texts in which clear, detailed descriptions of more complex subjects are presented and register and style have been selected appropriately;
  • use a wide range of vocabulary, including idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms, and a variety of complex grammatical forms flexibly, appropriately and accurately in written and spoken discourse.

Specifics

  • This course is taught on campus.

  • Because there are currently no COVID restrictions, the format for this course is entirely on campus. Should COVID restrictions (such as the 1.5 meter rule) be re-introduced, the Language Center may decide to change the format to an entirely or predominantly online course.
  • 80% attendance is required. Sessions are not recorded for later viewing.

Improving your English to C2 in short

Duration and course format

13 x 2-hour classes

Taught on campus, 6 ECTS

Start

End of August and end of January

Course fee

  • Students Tilburg University: 6 Language Vouchers or € 408
  • Staff/Alumni Tilburg University: € 420
  • External participants: € 480

Level

From C1 to C2 (Common European Reference Framework)

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Course information and timetable

Sign up

This course is intended for everyone who is highly educated. This means that you have a diploma at HAVO or VWO level and are therefore eligible for Higher Education in the Netherlands.

In our conditions, you can find more information about the registration period, etc.

Student at Tilburg University
  • Students can register and deregister during the registration period via OSIRIS.
  • On the page cashing in language vouchers, you can find, amongst other things, more information about how to register if you have no vouchers or insufficient vouchers and the registration period.

Read our conditions before registration.

Staff member at Tilburg University
  • Tilburg University employees can take this language course at a reduced rate. The costs can be paid by yourself or by your employer. Please indicate this on the registration form.
  • Registration is possible from the moment the timetable for the course is available.
    Check the (de-)registration deadlines.

Read our conditions before registration.

Alumnus of Tilburg University
  • Tilburg University alumni can take this language course at a reduced rate. The costs can be paid by yourself or by your employer. Please indicate this on the registration form.
  • Registration is possible from the moment the timetable for the course is available.
    Check the (de-)registration deadlines.

Read our conditions before registration.

External participant
  • Professionals from outside Tilburg University can take this language. The costs can be paid by yourself or by your employer. Please indicate this on the registration form.
  • Registration is possible from the moment the timetable for the course is available.
    Check the (de-)registration deadlines.

Read our conditions before registration.