• Requisitos: Student has passed Level C1.1
  • Tipo: 1º and 2º semester
  • Horas: 60 horas / 4 horas por semana
  • Créditos: 4 ECTS
  • Certificación: Level C1.2 Idiomas Complutense
  • Coordinador: Richard Griffiths

Course Outline

ACCREDITATION C1 is a 60‐hr course with 15 hours of complementary work 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 looking to take the ‘CertAcles’ C1 Accreditation exam in September. 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. The course focuses on giving ample practice of the four skills that are tested in the Accreditation exam. There is some language work on useful structures for speaking and writing.

Course Content

  • Preparing for the written exam
    • Language of speculating
    • Tense review
    • Reported speech (verb patterns)
    • Passive forms
    • Causatives
    • Mixed conditionals
    • Wishes and regrets
    • Participle clauses
    • Inversion and negative adverbials
    • Review of gerunds
  • Language for the speaking and writing exam
    • Language of speculating
    • Inversion and negative adverbials
    • Verb patterns
    • Cleft sentences for emphasis
    • Hypothetical situations
    • Modal verb structures
  • Preparing for the speaking exam
    • Giving opinions
    • Comparing and contrasting
    • Turn‐taking
    • Speculating
    • Suggesting
    • Asking for + justifying opinions
    • Agreeing / Disagreeing
    • Reaching a conclusion
    • Question formation
  • Vocabulary: words and expressions related to the following:
    • Social problems and employment
    • Word formation – prefixes and suffixes Affixes
    • Trends and changes
    • Communication
    • Business
    • Travel
    • Adjectives for writing reviews
    • Adjectives of personality
    • Useful synonyms
    • Linking devices
    • Language for describing websites
    • Language for job interviews and applications
  • Writing: This includes a step by step guide to the different types of writing that may come up in the accreditation exam and work on the appropriate type of language needed for each.
    • A formal Email
    • ’For and against’ essay
    • An ‘opinion’ essay
    • A review
    • An article
    • A report
  • Reading: A wide range of practice of the different types of reading tasks that can be found in the accreditation exam such as multiple choice questions, short answer/sentence completion questions, multiple matching and gap fill tasks.
  • Listening: A wide range of practice of the different types of listening tasks that can be found in the accreditation exam such as multiple choice questions, short answer/sentence completion questions and multiple matching tasks.


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 or email on the first day of class.