• Nivel: CAE – STAGE 1
  • Requisitos: B2.2
  • Tipo: Cuatrimestral
  • Horas: 60 horas / 4 horas por semana
  • Créditos: 4 ECTS
  • Certificación: Level CAE – STAGE 1 Idiomas Complutense
  • Coordinador: Richard Griffiths

Course Outline

CAE – Stage 1 is a 60‐hr course with 15 hours of complementary work to be done outside class, to be done outside class, in which the 5 main language skills are consolidated and practised:

  1. Oral expression (speaking)
  2. Oral interaction (conversation)
  3. Listening comprehension
  4. Reading comprehension
  5. Writing


This course is aimed at people starting the preparation process for the CAE exam. To that end, students are prepared not only in the linguistic elements required to pass the exam but also in ‘exam technique’. Students will be prepared for all papers of the exam and have the opportunity to practise the speaking part of the exam. Advice will also be given on how to manage your time in all papers.

Course Content

  • Preparing the written exam
    • Mixed verb forms
    • Reduced relative clauses
    • Review of future forms
    • Adding suffixes
    • Gradable + ungradable adjectives
    • Adverb and adjective collocations
    • The passive
    • Use of articles
    • Verb agreement
    • Determiners and pronouns
    • Modals and semi – modals (part 1)
    • Mixed conditionals
  • Preparing the speaking exam
    • Giving opinions
    • Comparing and contrasting
    • Turn‐taking
    • Speculating
    • Suggesting
    • Asking for + justifying opinions
    • Agreeing / Disagreeing
    • Reaching a conclusion
  • Vocabulary
    • Phrasal verbs and expressions with ‘take’
    • Describing attitudes
    • Verbs to describe sounds and actions
    • Sleep
    • Feelings
    • Entertainment
    • Issues and opinions
    • Security
  • Writing
    • An essay
    • A letter of complaint
    • A review
    • A proposal


Final mark = 60% continuous evaluation* + 40% final exam (compulsory)
*60% Continuous Evaluation (50% assessed tasks / homework + 10% participation)


The teacher will give details of the book*, materials and class blog on the first day of class.


*Idiomas Complutense recommends that students wait until the first class before buying any course material and then follow their teacher’s instructions.

This is to avoid confusion with different versions of the book. Idiomas Complutense is not responsible for costs incurred by students who buy an incorrect version.