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English Language

This course will increase your confidence when using English to communicate at University.

Two students discussing a forthcoming Cambridge exam.
Building confidence in your English

General English course

This 10-week course will help you to improve your general English skills. You will improve your vocabulary and grammar and develop your reading, listening, speaking and writing skills.

You will also develop exam-taking strategies such as reading and listening for specific information.

You can prepare for three levels:

  • C2 Proficiency (CPE)
  • C1 Advanced (CAE) and
  • B2 First (FCE).

The course is for all undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff who use English as a second language.

Visiting and exchange students can get six credits by completing one of these courses.

Student view

In their feedback on the Semester 1 2020/21 course, students gave an average rating of 4.6/5.0 on the quality of teaching and 4.5/5.0 on the quality of the teaching resources.

Visiting and Exchange student Carolina Larsson from Denmark said:

Some things which I appreciated with the course were the opportunity to learn the differences between formal and informal British English. Also, since I was the only exchange student from my university, it was a great chance to meet students from other programs. Even though I am a natural science student I have come to appreciate language more. I believe it is one subject which really can give you the ability to 'knock down walls' and reach out to people you can’t communicate with in your native tongue. I am really grateful that you offer this course to students at the University of Bath.

Chen Lin, MSc Marketing, from Taiwan, said:

I have made progress with my writing skills and speaking. In the class, we run through grammar, vocabulary, listening and writing and because it is a small class, we have many opportunities to communicate with each other. Each week, there will be a theme based on the textbook, such as environment or work, which we discuss in class. We also have the chance to work on an essay-style writing task, then the lecturer will provide feedback on structure, word choices, or grammar errors. In this course, no one is a native speaker, so we are more tolerant of mistakes, we dare to try to express ideas, and build self-confidence.

How to enrol for the course

The Semester 1 English language courses will run online from 12 October - 16 December 2021.

You will need to register and take a placement test so you can be put in the most suitable class for you. Once you have taken the placement test, your teacher will give you the details of a course book that you have to buy. Completion of set homework and preparation for classes is also a course requirement.

Before signing up for a course please make sure that the day and time do not clash with your academic timetable by using MyTimetable.

Registration for the Semester 1 courses has now closed. Details of the Semester 2 courses will be provided in due course.

Cambridge English exam

Cambridge English exams are accepted by many academic institutions, professional bodies and employers as a measure of your English level. Taking a Cambridge English exam increases your potential to develop your academic career and employability. The qualification lasts a lifetime.

The University of Bath is unable to offer students the opportunity to take the Cambridge English exams as the University is not an exam centre. However, you can find a Cambridge exam centre at other locations on the Cambridge English website.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the General English course, please email us.