Continuing with our philosophy of providing a genuine English course for our students (and not just a course book), we are offering a 10-week, CAE Exam Preparation course.  The course consists of 30 hours of lessons and 20 hours of homework. Each week the course provides 1 lesson of language input and 1 lesson of exam practice and analysis. Detailed feedback of our students’ work is given throughout the course. CAE Exam Preparation has been designed around the structure of the CAE exam and the language requirements needed to reach level C1.

 

CAE EXAM PREPARATION

This course has been designed for students who are close to level C1 and would benefit from an in-depth study of the Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) exam format and C1 level language.

The course has 2 x 1.5 hours of lessons each week. It is run over 10 weeks, amounting to 30 hours of classroom time and 20 hours of homework.

During the 30 hours of lessons our students complete all parts of the exam (Reading and Use of English, Writing, Listening, Speaking). The answers are analysed in detail and the mark of each student is recorded. A comprehensive report on whether our students are ready to sit the exam or not is provided in week 8. From lesson 1, the course also focuses on exam techniques and time management.

If our students are ready to sit the exam, The English Course Madrid will organise a school or academy where the exam can be done. The exam fee is not included in the price of the course.

From week 1 to 5, the homework includes completing one writing task (essay, letter/email, proposal, report, review). Our teacher gives structural and grammatical advice before each writing task and corrects and gives detailed feedback on each completed writing.

In week 5, a practice speaking-oral, which is recorded and  given to our students with analysis and feedback, is completed. The practice oral replicates real-exam conditions.

Maximum of 8 students per class.

The weekly lessons are categorised into A and B.

 

The order of the lessons may change slightly, but the programme stays the same.

 WEEK LESSONS A LESSONS B HOMEWORK
Week 1 Introduction to the CAE exam

Speaking practice part 1

Reading and Use of English practice and analysis

Writing an essay

Writing Paper: Essay

Worksheet

Week 2 Focus on functional language and language for comparing pictures

Speaking practice part 2

Reading and Use of English practice and analysis

Listening practice and analysis

Writing a letter/email

Writing Paper: Letter/email

Worksheet

Week 3 Focus on functional language: language for agreeing, disagreeing, giving an opinion and ending a discussion

Speaking practice part 3 & 4

Reading and Use of English practice and analysis

Listening practice and analysis

Writing a proposal

Writing Paper: Proposal

Worksheet

Week 4 Focus on collocations Speaking Paper video and analysis

Speaking practice parts 2 & 3

Writing a report

Writing Paper: Report

Worksheet

Week 5 Reading and Use of English practice and analysis

Listening practice and analysis

Full speaking practice exam – the practice is recorded and a feedback analysis is provided by the teacher

Writing a review

Writing Paper: Review

Worksheet

 Mock Exam Saturday Students have the option of doing a complete mock exam. (There is an extra charge of €40). Mock exams take place on Saturdays Students who do the mock exam will get a detailed analysis of their result in a one-to-one tutorial 
Week 6 Focus on C1 level language including inversion and passive forms. 

Detailed focus on sentence transformation

Reading and Use of English practice and analysis

Listening practice and analysis

Worksheet
Exam practice
 Week 7 Focus on C1 level grammar, vocabulary and collocations Reading and Use of English practice and analysis

Listening practice and analysis

Worksheet

Exam practice

Week 8 Focus on C1 level grammar, vocabulary and collocations Reading and Use of English practice and analysis

Listening practice and analysis

Worksheet

Exam practice

 Mock Exam  Saturday Students have the option of doing a complete mock exam. (There is an extra charge of €40). Mock exams take place on Saturdays Students who do the mock exam will get a detailed analysis of their result in a one-to-one tutorial 
 Week 9 Focus on C1 level grammar, vocabulary and collocations Reading and Use of English practice and analysis

Listening practice and analysis

Worksheet

Exam practice

Week 10 Revision of exam and course Revision of exam and course Preparing for the exam

 

MOCK EXAMS

In addition to completing one full exam and analysis during the 30-hour course, our students can choose to do one or two complete mock exams. The mock exams replicate real-exam conditions.

The mock exams are scheduled for week 5 and week 8 and are usually held on Saturday mornings. There is a charge of €40 per mock exam. The mock exams and feedback do not take place during the 30-hour course.

If you would like to arrange a level test for this course, go to our Sign Up Details page.

 

TEACHER AND COURSE DESIGNER

Brian Collins is the teacher and course designer. Check his profile on our About Us page.