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Module description - Cambridge Proficiency Examination course 1 (Elective)

ECTS 2.0
Level C1 / C2
Overview The Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) is the highest-level language certificate available to foreign speakers of English and is recognized by universities and employers world-wide. The examination is at the C2 level (CEFR).

  • language development across the four skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing), with special regard to vocabulary and grammar, and to the use of register (formal/colloquial).
  • introduction to examination format (written exams and oral)
  • explanation, analysis and practice of relevant tasks
  • acquisition of specific examination skills and techniques.

Topics based on Units 1 to 6 of Kathy Gude et al., Proficiency Masterclass (Oxford: OUP, 2017).
Learning objectives Upon successful completion of the module, participants will have:

  • developed their language skills in line with the requirements of the examination to a level appropriate to their stage of preparation (Unit 6 of the above)
  • a knowledge of the examination format
  • understood, reflected on, and practised some of the exercises involved
  • partially acquired the requisite examination skills and techniques
Previous knowledge

  • Entry based on placement test or successful completion of ten2. Language level C1 or above.
  • Participants will often have passed the Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE) or the Business English Certificate (BEC) Higher or some similar examination.
  • Can be taken before or after ecpe2 course.
Exam format Continuous assessment grade
Additional information Textbooks will be required.
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