Cambridge English: First (FCE)

A Cambridge English: First (FCE) qualification proves you have the language skills to live and work independently in an English-speaking country or study on courses taught in English. This exam is the logical step in your language learning journey towards Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) . This course will prepare you for the exam and at the same time develop your language skills for a variety of situations in everyday life, work and study. You will be advised where you can take the test. Exam fee is not included.

Who is this course for

This course is at an upper intermediate level. It is for ESOL students at L1 or above and corresponds to B2 on the Common European Framework (CEFR).
You will be developing good levels of English in all four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Preparing for this qualification will help you improve these, learn more about how to write more academically and formally, improving your accuracy and use of grammar.

What does this course cover

In order to best prepare you for the exam this course will encourage you to communicate effectively face-to-face, expressing opinions and presenting arguments.
You will be asked to follow the news so that you can discuss current affairs.
The exam requires you to be able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, such as news programmes, presentations and everyday conversations, so you will work on these areas during the course.
You will be asked to write clear, detailed English, expressing opinions and explaining the advantages and disadvantages of different points of view as well as write letters, reports, stories and lots of other types of text.
You will develop reading skills so that you can deal confidently with different types of text, such as fiction, newspapers and magazines. There will be tests of your use of English with tasks that show how well you can control your grammar and vocabulary.

What will it be like

The teacher will use a number of different methods to introduce language. You will read a lot of different texts and you will do many varied activities to ensure you are developing all aspects of your language. You will work in groups, pairs and on your own. You will discuss many topics, practice formal and informal conversations and work on various tasks to encourage you to communicate fully and work to the exam criteria.
The teacher will assess your speaking, listening, reading and writing by giving you activities to do and some tests. They will talk to you regularly about your progress and what you need to do in order to improve.
The teacher will use past exam papers to ensure you are familiar with the format of the qualification.

What else do you need to buy or do

You need an A4 file, paper, pens and pencils. An advanced English-English dictionary and a thesaurus are also useful. Other materials and books will be recommended by your tutor.
You need to keep a file with all your work in and you need to do homework to ensure you progress as well as you can.

What this course could lead to

This course will prepare you for the Cambridge First Certificate English (FCE) exam. You do not take the exam at Mary Ward Centre and the exam fee is not included in the course. You will be recommended places where you can take the exam.
You could also follow this course with our CAE preparation course.
Other courses which would be good to do at the same time or after this course include Pronunciation, Get Grammar (L1/L2), English - Read, Write and Study Well.

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