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English - level B2


Castanera R.

Course director



Students who have already taken external certification at this level (Cambridge First Certificate in English and above, IELTS Band 5.5 and above*) are exempted both from attending the course and taking the exam.

*Certificates from private schools (Wall Street, British Institutes, etc.), TOEFL and TOEIC are not recognised.


The objective of this course is to improve all the language skills enabling students to reach an upper-intermediate level (B2 of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for language learning) in general English.

There is a placement test at the beginning of the year to form 4 groups. Students should attend their courses on the days and times set: if anyone needs to change group for any reason, this may be arranged, subject to level. Lessons will be based on course books: students should only buy the books once they know which group they will be in. Students are reminded that language is not merely knowledge of grammar and vocabulary, but also a skill, and as such needs to be practised. Attendance at the lessons cannot therefore be replaced by intensive study just before the exams. Homework, including written work for correction, will be set regularly but it is the student’s own responsibility to read, study and practise sufficiently to reach the level required.

Teaching mode

In presence

Learning methods

Weekly lessons

Examination information

The first-year examination is broadly based upon the First Certificate of English with a written paper consisting of Use of English, Writing and Listening, followed by an oral exam.

Students may not enrol for the "English for Economists” exam until they have first passed the exam for the "Inglese - Livello B2" course. It is not possible to "validate" a failing grade for this course in any way.