English

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Do you need to learn English for your future career? Are you going to study or do an internship in an English-speaking country? Or would you simply like to make yourself understood during your next trip? The Language & Training Centre (LTC) will help you get there! Please take a look at our full range of English for participants with an academic background (hbo/university).

Here is an overview of our English language tests. 

For students and participation for Academic Purposes courses

An English intake is intended for anyone wishing to take part in an English for Academic purpose course in the evening. By taking this test we can determine which English course fits you best (level B2.1, B2.2, C1.1). Our intake is completely online and consists of an oral test of 10 minutes and a written test of 40 minutes. An intake costs €50,- and the course advice is valid for one year. The result, an email, can only be used for course registration. If you need an official level statement (for example for your master application at EUR), then you need to do an English assessment.

The next intake will take place in November

An English language assessment, which is done fully online, is an elaborate assessment of all the language skills: reading, listening, writing and speaking. Armed with this assessment you can confirm your language proficiency level (for example for admission to a Master taught in English). When all results have been processed, you will receive a statement which states your proficiency in speaking and writing.

Please note: If you would like to participate in a course and only wish to know which level you can enter, an elaborate assessment is not necessary. In that case doing an English intake is sufficient.

An English assessment determines your language proficiency. After taking the assessment, you will receive a level statement that contains information about your current level of English. A distinction between oral and written skills is made. The results of this assessment can be used to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (BKO) or to prove your English proficiency for the dual language policy (Support staff).

If you want to know whether your (future) employee is sufficiently familiar with the English language to function adequately, then a language assessment might be a solution. A language assessment determines the current level of English. After the assessment, you will receive a short report in which the results of the tests are described, as well as possible improvements.

What to expect?
We offer a standard English language assessment of € 157.50. In consultation, it is possible to adapt the assessment to the working environment and function of your (future) employee. The assessment consist of one or more test components:

TestCosts
An oral part€ 75,-
A written part€ 37,50
An online part (Oxford Quick Placement Test)€ 45,-


Registration
The LTC organises assessments on request during the Academic year (September-June). Would you like to request an assessment? Please send an email to ltc@eur.nl

An ITP-TOEFL test is a variant of a TOEFL. The results of this test are only valid within Erasmus University Rotterdam. This test result can be used to show that your language level is sufficient to be accepted into a degree programme that is taught in English, or to go on an exchange programme. Please note! This test can’t be used as an entry test for our language courses.

Registration deadline is 20 October  2022

Here is an overview of our English language courses. 

This is an English for Academic Purposes course. The main aim of this online B2.1 course is to equip participants with skills to function confidently when using English in different academic and also non-academic situations. English B2.1 consists of ten weekly sessions of 3 hours each. The final exam takes place after the course on a predetermined date. You will have covered one course level by the end of this course.

  • With final examination and certificate.

The course deadline has passed for this period (Oct-Dec). Stay updated on new dates.

This English for academic purposes course is a continuation of the online course English B2.1.  The main aim of this course is to equip participants with skills to function confidently when using English in mostly, but not exclusively, academic situations. English B2.2 consists of ten weekly sessions of 3 hours each. The final exam takes place after the course on a predetermined date. You will have covered one course level by the end of this course.

  • With final examination and certificate.

The course deadline has passed for this period (Oct-Dec). Stay updated on new dates.

This English for academic purposes course is a continuation of the online course English B2.2. It aims to prepare students who need English for academic studies at advanced level. English C1.1 consists of ten weekly sessions of 3 hours each. The final exam takes place after the course on a predetermined date. You will have covered one course level by the end of this course.

  • With final examination and certificate.

The course deadline has passed for this period (Oct-Dec). Stay updated on new dates.

Weekly English courses for EUR-staff, with final exam and a certificate.
We offer the following courses:

  • Speaking and writing skills for staff A2 (from A1 to A2)
  • Speaking and writing skills for staff B1 (from A2 to B1)
  • Writing skills for staff B2 (from B1 to B2)
  • Speaking skills for staff B2 (from B1 to B2)
  • Writing skills for staff C1 (from B2 to C1)
  • Speaking skills for staff C1 (from B2 to C1)
  • Teaching in English C1 & C2 (academic staff)

Refresher sessions English for EUR-staff without final exam, but with attendance certificate. We offer the following courses:

  • Refresh your speaking skills B2
  • Refresh your writing skills B2
  • Refresh your speaking skills C1
  • Refresh your writing skills C1

 

Would you like to improve your English language skills but don’t you have time to do this during the academic year? Don’t hesitate: register for our online summer English course via Zoom! During this more intensive course, you can complete one target level in two weeks instead of 10 weeks. The summer course consists of nine daily sessions of approx. 3,5 hours each. The final exam takes place after the course on a predetermined date. You will have covered one course level by the end of this course, B2.2 or C1.1.

  • With final examination and certificate.

This course is currently not offered

An overview of our Academic writing courses

Do you want to practice writing a scientific/academic text in English? Use an academic writing course as a refresher course or in preparation for writing your thesis or essay. 

Registration deadline is 13 September 2022

Academic writing is an essential component of your PhD program, and is the basis on which you will build your academic career. For non-native English-speaking academics, this can form a barrier to reaching your academic goals. In this online course, you will not only learn the theory behind academic writing, but also learn to identify your weaknesses and improve your skills. This course is offered three times a year, in September, January and April.

Registration deadline is 9 October 2022

Would you like to get feedback on your academic writing skills in English? If a writing course is not an option for you but you would like to hand in an excellent quality essay or thesis then use a writing coach! You will get individual feedback on an academic paper you are currently writing. Topics include: grammar, word order, vocabulary, word combinations, structure and organization, signposting, topic sentences, linking. 

The Language & Training Centre also offers tailor-made courses on request for faculties, departments, students or businesses. Tailor-made can be divided into:

  • Individual

    It is possible to schedule individual classes under the guidance of an experienced teacher.
    During the intake we will discuss your aims and preferences and assess your current level.
  • Group

    We can organise courses on demand for small or large groups from 3 participants up.
    Based on your aims, preferences, and fellow participants, a special course will be arranged.

For more information about tailor-made assessments and courses, please contact us at ltc@eur.nl.
To give you more detailed information, we ask you to clearly mention your language of preference and your aims and preferences.

Learning online in your own time and at your own pace.

There are two Deep Dives available to choose from: Academic Writing and General Writing. Do you have trouble writing academic texts? Then the Deep Dive into Academic Writing is for you. Do you know what you want to say, but sometimes have trouble finding the right words or setting the right tone? Then the Deep Dive into General Writing is something for you.

  • These Deep Dives are self-studies. You will get access for six months to the course environment on Canvas. There you can go through the material in your own time and at your own pace. 
  • Be aware that there is no final exam and you won’t receive a certificate.

As a student or employee of Erasmus University you can purchase a one-year licence for the online Rosetta Stone programme with which you can independently learn the English language. Online learning could either be used to start from scratch or to keep your language skills up-to-date. Please note that this requires discipline and persistence. In Rosetta Stone you will find exercises on all language skills, such as speaking, listening, reading and writing. Licences can be bought throughout the year. 

  • Be aware that there is no final exam and you won’t receive a certificate.

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