English as a Foreign Language (Upper-Intermediate)

Key information

Start date:

Attendance dates:

To be confirmed

Time commitment: 12 hours

Venue:

Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH

Contact details:

Start date:

Attendance dates:

To be confirmed

Time commitment: 12 hours

Venue:

Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH

Contact details:

Overview

Our English as a Foreign Language (Upper-Intermediate) evening language classes are open to adult learners, aged 18 and over, and are taught by skilled and experienced tutors.

Classes are delivered over three terms and you can join at the beginning of each term:

  • Autumn term (October – December)
  • Winter term (January – March)
  • Spring term (April – June).

The winter and spring terms are a continuation of the autumn term. To complete a full level, you would normally attend all three consecutive terms.

Course details

Please note, the syllabus may vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

    Topics include:

    • Communication habits
    • Gender conversation styles
    • Flat sharing
    • Outlining problems and offering solutions.
    • The environment
    • Climate change
    • Wind farms and volcanoes
    • Using diplomatic language
    • Formal and informal language in written communication

    Grammar

    • The continuous aspect (review): "He's using my car while his is being repaired."
    • Talking about trends: "The web is changing our lives dramatically."
    • State verbs: "I don't believe his story."
    • The perfect aspect:
      • The present perfect: "There has been a severe storm / She has written several books on the subject."
      • The past perfect: "When we arrived the train had left."
    • - Indirect questions: "I'd like to know how high Maona Loa is."

    Topics include:

    • Sport 
    • Fair play
    • Using emphasis and comparison
    • Sport based idioms
    • Martial arts
    • Giving a short presentation
    • Medical breakthroughs
    • Personality adjectives
    • Discussing implications
    • Making difficult decisions
    • Writing a report

    Grammar

    • Quantifiers: almost none of them / hardly any of them / managed to come
    • Future tenses:
      • Future continuous: "The support team is flying out on Friday."
      • Going to: "I'm going to study medicine but I don't know where yet."
      • Future perfect simple "He will have arrived home by the time you phone."
      • Future simple: "I will attend the meeting."
    • Definite and zero articles: "He is the greatest tennis player ever / Computers have become extremely powerful now."
    • Modal verbs

    Topics include:

    • Transport
    • Safety features
    • Collocations
    • Transport of the future
    • Describing a memorable journey
    • Genres in literature and film
    • Discussing influential books
    • Speaking effectively using rhetorical techniques
    • Understanding cultures

    Grammar

    • Modal verbs: past ability, possibility and obligation
    • Narrative tenses: used to, would, get used to
    • Passive: "The project will not be finished in time unless..."
    • Defining and non-defining relative clauses: "I'd like you to meet Steve, who used to be my boss / The author, who is American, lives in Venice."
    • Reduced relative clauses: "We read the letter sent by the suspect."
    • Reported speech: "She said she was hungry."
    • Reporting verbs: "He encouraged me to apply for the job."

    Reading list

    New Language Leader Advanced Coursebook (2nd edition), David Cotton, David Falvey, Gareth Rees, Simon Kent and Ian Lebeau, ISBN: 978-1447948162.

    We do not recommend you buy the course book before starting the course, in case the tutor changes the course book or you need to transfer to a different level. Our tutor will bring copies for the first class and will let you know which course book to purchase.

    Timetable

    Classes run 7pm – 8:30pm on Tuesday evenings, with eight classes per term.

    Class size

    Approximately 12 students.

    Certificates

    At the end of each term, we will issue you with a certificate of attendance if you have been to a minimum of 75% of your classes.

    Facilities and software

    You will get access to our library including our language study area, home to language software, satellite TV, a large foreign film collection and books, CDs and DVDs.

    If you are one of the first 100 people that sign up to two terms of our evening language classes, you will receive a free code for uTalk, the language-learning app. With this, you will be able to access resources for a language of your choice. If you are eligible, you will receive a unique code from us by email.

      Entry requirements

      All applicants should be aged 18 and over.

      Term Required experience
      Autumn You should have a good knowledge of English. You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in the autumn, winter and spring terms of our English as a Foreign Language (Intermediate) course.
      Winter You should have a good knowledge of English. You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in the autumn term of our English as a Foreign Language (Upper-Intermediate) course.
      Spring You should have a good knowledge of English. You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in the winter term of our English as a Foreign Language (Upper-Intermediate) course.

      Fees and funding

      Price per person:

      £150 for one term

      Public

      £150 for one term

      Current Surrey degree student/staff

      £270 for two terms

      Public (10% discount)

      £255 for two terms

      Current Surrey degree student/staff (15% discount)

      £382 for three terms

      Public (15% discount)

      £360 for three terms

      Current Surrey degree student/staff (20% discount)

      Savings apply when you book multiple terms at the same time.

      Additional costs

      Books: approximately £25 - £40 (for three terms).

      How to apply

      Bookings are made via our online store. We advise early enrolment to secure a place.

      Please note, bookings for our autumn and winter terms aren't currently open.

      Apply now

      Terms and conditions

      When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations and our terms and conditions. You are also confirming you have read and understood the University's prospective student privacy notice.

      • The course is open to adult learners over 18 years of age.
      • Payment of fees in full is required before attending the course.
      • Discounts are only applied if you book two or three terms for the same class in advance.
      • Your email address will be our primary point of contact during your course and important information will be sent to the email address you provided on your booking form.
      • Refunds cannot be given for classes you are not able to attend (e.g. due to illness or changes in your work or personal circumstances).
      • The availability of classes is subject to demand. If a course has to be cancelled before the start of classes due to low numbers or circumstances beyond our control, you will receive an offer to an alternative course or a full refund.
      • If a class has to be cancelled during the term due to unforeseen circumstances, we will endeavour to reschedule it (where possible). Please note, this might not be at the time of your usual class.
      • If part of a course has to be cancelled you will receive a proportionate refund.
      • There will be no refund if part of a course has to be cancelled for reasons outside our control (such as a fire alert).

      Cancellation policy

      You will have 14 days, starting with the day after your booking has been received, during which you may cancel and withdraw without any liability or cancellation costs whatsoever. You will be refunded for any costs already paid unless classes have started, in which case you will receive a pro-rata refund (whether you have attended classes or not). To do so, please email eveninglanguagecourses@surrey.ac.uk.

      Outside of this cooling off period, the following applies:

      If you enrol for the autumn term for one, two or three terms

      Cancellations received by 1 September 2019 23:59 GMT by email are eligible for a refund but incur an admin fee of £29.50. Beyond this time limit no refunds will be granted.

      If you enrol for the winter term for one or two terms

      Cancellations received by 8 December 2019 23:59 GMT by email are eligible for a refund but incur an admin fee of £29.50. Beyond this time limit no refunds will be granted.

      If you enrol for the spring term

      Cancellations received by 15 March 2020 23:59 GMT by email are eligible for a refund but incur an admin fee of £29.50. Beyond this time limit no refunds will be granted.

      Revised cancellation policy for spring term (April 2020 – June 2020)

      You will only be able to join a class once you have paid for the course. However, if you find that online learning is not for you after the first three weeks of teaching (from Monday 27 April 2020 to Thursday 14 May 2020)  you will receive a full refund for the Spring Term (April – June 2020) if you let us know no later than Friday 15 May 2020 by email eveninglanguagecourses@surrey.ac.uk.  

      Please note that there will be no refunds from Monday 18 May 2020 onwards (week 4), including for technical problems such as broadband/connection.

      Disclaimer

      This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the commencement of the course. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.