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English 2

Target group
Start level
Target level
Start courses
September, February
Language of instruction

Classroom course

This is a traditional classroom course.
The teacher and all students are present in the classroom.

Course description

The participants’ basic knowledge of English is extended further in this course. The topics covered include study, work, and hobbies. There is a high degree of interaction between teacher and participants. Participants study the basics of grammar and the accompanying vocabulary and practise these skills in a communicative context. In principle, English is the language of instruction during the lessons. Participants are expected to prepare the lessons at home (approximately two hours per lesson).


The course is concluded with a written test. Participants who have attended 80% of the lessons and who have successfully completed the final test are issued a certificate.

Course material

For courses starting in September

  • Headway Elementary Student's Book A - Elementary A2 (5th edition) by Soars, Soars and Hancock. ISBN 9780194524278.
  • Essential Grammar in Use with Answers and Interactive eBook (4th edition) by Murphy. ISBN 9781107480537.

For courses starting in February

  • Headway Elementary Student's Book B (5th edition) by Soars, Soars and Hancock. ISBN 9780194524315.
  • Essential Grammar in Use with Answers and Interactive eBook (4th edition) by Murphy. ISBN 9781107480537.

The course material is not included in the registration fee. Course participants are required to purchase course materials themselves.

Target group and admission requirements

This course is intended for highly educated adults, both students and staff members of Leiden University, as well as interested parties with no affiliation with Leiden University. Speakers of languages other than Dutch can also participate in this course.

Some knowledge of English is required for this course.  You are strongly advised to take a placement test in order to find out which level suits your current knowledge of the English language. You can simply complete the online placement test at home. When you are in doubt, contact us: 071 - 5272332 / talencentrum@hum.leidenuniv.nl

If you wish, you may also take the test at the reception desk of the Academic Language Centre on working days between 9:00 and 15:30 o'clock. It is not necessary to make an appointment.

Other information

  • The maximum number of participants for this course is 18.
  • The course load is 56 hours. On request a Course load declaration form can be issued. The student should enquire with their department whether course participation can be converted into credits.
  • The holiday periods can be found in the Academic Language Centre's academic calendar.
  • If classes are cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, they will be added on to the end of the course. Please take into account courses may end later than scheduled.
  • The course level is indicated with the help of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
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