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ESOL L2 Upper Intermediate

At this level, you have reached a good level of competency. You have enough vocabulary and grammatical understanding to express yourself in an accurate way. Now it's the time to put the icing on the cake! This course will help you explore meaning, enrich your vocabulary and expression in both formal and informal English and prepare you fully for the demands of work and study.

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Who is this course for

This is an upper intermediate-advanced level English course. It is the right course for you if:

You already have a good level of English and are able to participate confidently and competently in a variety of situations. You are now less worried about making mistakes and more interested in how you articulate yourself to express exactly what you want to say. Your conversational English is quite advanced but you need to know how to express subtle changes of meaning. You also need to work on your formal presentations - in particular how to structure them and the most appropriate vocabulary. You need to work on your pronunciation in particular your stress and intonation.

Your reading is at a high level. You regularly read newspaper and magazine articles and you feel confident enough to read some English fiction and factual books. However, you still find more complex books difficult and you need to practise understanding different genres. You sometimes miss details and small changes in meaning.

Your writing is probably the area which needs most practice. You can write everyday messages, letters and emails, but you still find writing more complicated texts difficult. You make grammar errors, particularly in your formal English and you need to practise structuring your writing, for example, including background information, writing appropriate introductions and conclusions, and making your writing interesting.

What does this course cover

In this course, you will practise your speaking, listening, reading and writing.

You will practise your conversation skills so you can respond quickly, easily and appropriately in a variety of situations, both formally and informally. You will develop your vocabulary so you can use a range of expressions with appropriate pronunciation. You will practise making formal presentations including structuring them effectively and using language to engage the audience.

You will read a lot of different types of texts on many different subjects. You will explore the differences between genres - for instance, how a factual text differs from a fictional one. You will also practise reading for general gist and for specific detail.

Working on different texts will help you to improve your writing. You will learn how to write more complex letters, opinion-giving essays and reports. You will also practise how to take notes, prepare your writing, structure it, avoid repetition, make it more interesting and check for mistakes.

You will focus on how the use of different grammar can effect meaning - for instance whether you use simple or continuous forms of verbs. You will practise using a variety of tenses within the same conversation or essay. You also practise how to use formal and informal linking words, language for introducing opinions and much more!

You will prepare for the ESOL L2 speaking and listening, readng and writing exams.

What will it be like

Some sessions on this course will be run online using Zoom, other sessions will be in the classroom.

The teacher will use videos, YouTube, songs, stories, pictures, recordings and an electronic whiteboard 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, practise formal and informal conversations, play interactive games and work on various tasks to encourage you to communicate fully.

The teacher will assess your speaking, listening, reading and writing by giving you activities to do and some tests. The tutor will talk regularly to you about your progress and what you need to do in order to improve. This will help prepare you for the exam.

What else do you need to buy or do

The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:

You will need a microphone and camera, so we can see you via video, but your phone, tablet or computer will probably have one. You can use headphones during the session if you want to.

Please note that if you used you might not be able to do everything in the session.

Make a small space to work in quiet so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you asking you again for further permission to do so.

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 and to prepare you for the exam. You will need to attend any extra exam preparation classes recommended by your tutor.

An English-English dictionary is also useful. Other materials and books are available in the Student Learning Centre.

Students take Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing exams at different times of the year.

What this course could lead to

At this level you will be able to do many other ESOL courses either at the same time or when the course has finished, such as Get Grammar (L1-L2), Advanced or Intensive Pronunciation, Study Skills (L2). Read for Pleasure is especially suitable for high level students. The Cambridge International exam (Cambridge First) would also be highly appropriate.


When I first arrived in the UK I spoke little English. I felt extremely shy and could barely talk to anyone. Through taking ESOL classes at the Mary Ward Centre I began to communicate and express myself more confidently. I am proud to say that I am now a teacher in the community!



This course is accredited


This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

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