Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

The Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) Certificate is recognized throughout the world by most universities and a large number of businesses. Our Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)  is offered in 11 week sessions at the advanced level; this course is designed to help students develop the skills needed in order to pass the official exam. The course covers strategies for all five parts of the exam enabling students to gain confidence and effectively use English.

After completing the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) course, students receive a Certificate of Achievement and course which includes their highest practice test score and assessed completed work from the course.

Course Goal

The goal of the CAE Preparation Course is to prepare students to take the Cambridge English: Advanced Examination (CAE) and receive the C1‐level certificate by helping students improve their English proficiency to the C1‐level as well as equipping students with effective test‐taking strategies. CAE is recognized around the world by employers as an English qualification for working at professional or managerial level, and as a qualification for studying at university level.

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After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • GRAMMAR –Apply of phrasal verbs, gerund and infinitive construction, reporting clauses in the passive, sentence adverbs, double comparatives, optional and required relative pronouns, subjunctive mode, noun-clauses, compound adjectives, subject-verb inversions in conditional sentences, and passive voice in other tenses at the advanced level.

  • VOCABULARY –Define advanced level vocabulary words from less familiar themes (i.e. as friendship, style, technology, movies and TV programs, entertainment industries, marketing strategies, physical features of animals, nature-related idioms, discourse markers, idioms related to the use of language, expressions related to success in the workplace, and truth and fabrication).

  • LISTENING –Recognize main ideas and details from advanced level listening passages.

  • SPEAKING/PRONUNCIATION –Cite advanced level content and function words and sounds with correct intonation and create long conversation and participate in discussions appropriate for the advanced level.

  • READING/WRITING –Identify grammar and content from advanced level reading passages and construct sentences in writing using advanced level grammar and vocabulary.

Our student-centered teaching methods include

  • active learning, in which students solve problems, answer questions, formulate questions of their own, discuss, explain, debate, or brainstorm during class;

  • cooperative learning, in which students work in teams on problems and projects under conditions that assure both positive interdependence and individual accountability; and

  • inductive teaching and learning, in which students are first presented with challenges (questions or problems) and learn the course material in the context of addressing the challenges.

CEFR C1 Global Scale

According to the official CEFR guidelines, someone at the C1 level in English:

  • Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning.

  • Can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.

  • Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.

  • Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.


English Language Level Descriptors

AFI College uses the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) to determine your English level. There are six levels, ranging from A1 to C2 that correspond to Beginning through Cambridge CAE levels.

For each of these you can download below a description of each level and the learning outcomes for each level. Student Learning Outcomes are things you will be able to do when you have that level of English:


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