Build a sophisticated vocabulary & improve your summarising skills

Course description

Develop a sophisticated vocabulary, practise using your own words to express an original idea and learn all the secrets to writing an effective summary in English.

Start anytime, study at your own pace. Course with personalised feedback from Cambridge certified mother tongue English teacher.

In the first part of this course, you’ll learn to replace ‘boring‘ words that we tend to overuse, such as ‘good‘, ‘nice‘ and ‘bad‘ with more sophisticated vocabulary and you’ll understand how we can replace using ‘very‘ with stronger, more impactful words.

You’re going to spend some time with Michelle Obama to improve your listening skills and try out some paraphrasing!

Next you will learn how to use 5 high-level business English expressions in the vocabulary boost, including more paraphrasing practice.

This will lead us nicely on to the second part of this course where we study HOW to write a summary and WHY this is a skill that will help you on your way to English proficiency.

This course is for you if you want to:

> expand your vocabulary and be able to express what you truly want to say; you want to develop sophisticated vocabulary and use more interesting words when you speak and write.

> improve how you summarise and paraphrase, especially in a work context, during meetings for example

> upgrade your writing skills for work, academic reasons, Cambridge exams, IELTS, daily life or personal interest


In the first section you will learn:

  • how increasing your knowledge of synonyms is one of the best ways to expand your use of English vocabulary
  • what paraphrasing is and how to do it effectively
  • 5 high-level business English expressions to use at work

In the second section you will improve your advanced English writing skills:

  • learn a step-by-step approach on how to correctly write an objective summary of a written work
  • key vocabulary around this topic
  • reasons for summarising
  • the style and language to use for this writing form

You will:

  • practise following instructions in English
  • strengthen your writing skills (in particular: approachplanningstylelanguage)
  • improve your reading skills (in particular identifying key points & demonstrating comprehension)
  • produce a final writing task

In this advanced English course you get:

  • interactive quizzes
  • A downloadable step-by-step guide outlining how to approach writing a summary (including a language reference and checklist)
  • A writing assignment that will be corrected by our teacher
  • A Certificate of Completion

ESTIMATED TIME OF COMPLETION: 3-6 hours depending on pace and level

Who is this course for?

  • you have an upper intermediate or advanced level of English (B2, C1)
  • you are interested in developing your writing, reading and vocabulary skills
  • you think this skill can help you at work or in an academic context

Is there a certificate?

Yes! At the end of the course you will find a short progress test. To earn your certificate you must pass the test with a score of 60% or higher.

Do I receive feedback and guidance on this course?

Yes! You’ll get feedback from our qualified teachers on your work throughout the course and also on your final assignment in the activation project. To receive feedback you must complete the tasks within 6 months from purchase. Work completed after 6 months will not receive feedback.

Access period

You will have lifetime access to this course.

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Course Includes

  • 6 Lessons
  • 16 Tasks
  • 1 Quiz