C1 Lessons - Advanced English Course

You start to really think in English when you become an advanced speaker. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when it happens, but with effort and dedication, you can experience fluency.

Firstly, it takes extensive vocabulary and intuitive knowledge of grammar. Secondly, you must have speaking confidence and communication skills. Finally, you need many hours of practice. Luckily, guidance from a certified tutor can help you keep up every step of the way.

It’s worth it - there’s little you can’t do with C1 English when you get there. Once you’re advanced in English, you can effortlessly understand most speakers, excel at your job, and hold deep conversations with friends and colleagues from all over the globe.

Get to C1 with Promova and experience what it’s like to be fluent!

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Learners will be able to

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Intuitively comprehend speech

Follow extended speech on abstract and concrete topics even beyond your field. There may be an occasional need to confirm details if, for example, the speaker’s accent is unfamiliar.

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Understand complex texts

Be able to follow lengthy articles, literary writings, specialized academic or professional publications, etc. Capture nuance and detail even if they’re beyond your field of expertise.

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Communicate fluently

Participate in discussions and intervene where appropriate, effortlessly navigating situations. Recognize a wide range of expressions and colloquialisms, appreciating language registers. 

04.
Present ideas with depth

Integrate nuance and sub-themes into your conversations and presentations. Develop points and assess arguments, rounding off with appropriate conclusions.

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Write and speak with clarity

Write well-structured texts with various key points, arguments, and relevant examples. Have a developed vocabulary, allowing any gaps to be easily overcome with circumlocutions.

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Mediate conversations

Help maintain positive interactions by interpreting different perspectives and diplomatically intervening where appropriate. Build on contributions and stimulate discussions. 

What you’ll learn in our C1 Advanced English courses

To begin advanced English learning, you must freely navigate the language, understand complex grammar, and use it in your speech. Your C1 English learning course will involve studying narrow subjects to achieve a level of fluency where you’re truly thinking in English.

Some of the topics covered in our C1 level English program include:

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Conversational topics

  • Tasks best suited to robots and automation.  
  • Advanced technology such as Artificial Intelligence.
  • Personality and culture. Stereotypes and labeling.
  • Thought processes. Past actions and their results.
  • Assumptions related to age. Practicing three-word phrasal verbs. 
  • Emotions. Possible outcomes of past events.
  • Microphotography. Changing perspective on events.
  • Eye facts; idioms and metaphors related to vision.
  • Remote places - the value of solitude and socializing. 
  • Influences. Jobs that involve solitary and social work.
  • Shock and surprise. Expressing attitude about events.
  • Upsets in sports and other contexts. Achievements.
  • Role of DNA testing and genealogy in today’s world..
  • Customs and traditions. The value of culture.
  • Attention and distraction - productivity habits.
  • Decisions and the importance of action. Hard choices.
  • Effects of a sedentary lifestyle. Healthy habits.
  • Alternative lifestyle and renewable energy sources.
  • Color associations and expressions.
  • Change. Your childhood and modern life.
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Grammar topics

  • Tenses - Future Perfect and Future Continuous. 
  • Comment and viewpoint adverbs.
  • Uses of will and would in complex structures.
  • Variations on past unreal conditionals.
  • Quantifiers and prepositions in relative clauses.
  • Noun clauses with question words.
  • Participle phrases - their position in sentences.
  • Reduced relative clauses.
  • Clefts and emphasis.
  • Question words when adding -ever
  • Negative and limiting adverbials - never, hardly, etc.
  • Fronting adverbials - before, after, earlier, etc.
  • Phrases and expressions with get.
  • Phrases and expressions with as.
  • Referencing and article emphasis.
  • Continuous infinitives and their use.
  • It and that constructions and infinitives.
  • Subject-verb agreement in sentences.
  • Present Subjunctive - it is important that…
  • Perfect Infinitive and type 3 conditional sentences.
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Classes for C1 English

Promova offers two tutoring programs for online C1 English lessons:
Individual lessons
  1. 1x1 time with a certified tutor who helps you develop an individual learning plan
  2. Direct conversational practice with a native-like speaker
  3. Immediate feedback and correction of your mistakes
  4. Topics and subjects tailored to your personal interests
  5. Flexible schedule with 25-, 50-, and 90-minute lessons
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Group classes
  1. Lessons in friendly groups averaging 3 learners 
of the same level
  2. Focus on teamwork and collaboration during exercises
  3. Lots of conversational practice with fellow 
learners
  4. Pace and program designed for overall group progress
  5. Motivating atmosphere of mutual learning and support
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What are the lessons like

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Improve All-Around Skills

Going from B2 to C1 requires you to master reading, listening, writing, and speaking skills well beyond the basics. Your English must be both functional and nuanced, to the point where you can change your tone and vocabulary based on the social context and environment.

You’ll learn to comprehend almost any speaker and need little help understanding others. From there, you’ll be able to effortlessly communicate with others, read complex texts from different fields, and deliver excellent reports and presentations.

In other words, your C1 English tutor will help you adapt to any environment. During lessons, you will develop a robust set of mental tools you can use in any situation.

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Conquer New Subjects

Many non-native speakers can communicate factual information. However, few of them can express ideas and abstract concepts. And in that group, even fewer can synthesize ideas and present profound conclusions and sub-themes. This last level of mastery is reserved for C1 and C2 students, indicating high fluency.

You’ll learn to absorb and express complex ideas, venturing even outside your area of expertise. Moreover, you’ll be able to understand key points and learn new things entirely in English, without any need to seek outside help or resort to your native language. 

C1 lessons will mark a new level of confidence in your skills, where you can rely on your English to go well past your comfort zone in terms of subjects and ideas.

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Think in English

At some point on your journey, you’ll discover an ability to switch to thinking in English almost effortlessly. Many learners report that going between their native tongue and English is like switching train tracks. You can almost go back and forth by pushing a lever in your mind.

There’s very little you can’t do in English after this happens. Even when you don’t understand something or miss a colloquialism, you’ll be more likely to look it up in an English dictionary than try and translate it. Your language will become intuitive, a part of life.

This level of fluency requires a lot of practice, which is why your tutor will help guide you through creating a “mental train track” of your own during C1 lessons.

Meet some of our Advanced English Tutors

Carlos
Sana
Loryn
Ladan
Alireza
Clark
Sana

Carlos is a very helpful, lively and open-minded English instructor. During his over 5 years of teaching, he has stolen hearts of a lot of students around the world - they all want to stay with Carlos after the first several lessons. If you're looking for someone who would be not only your learning mentor but also a close friend whom you can discuss things with, you're in the right place. Carlos is exactly the kind of English language tutor whose classes are relaxed, easy, and interesting - but still ensure progress. He can offer a lot of online games, varied tasks, and new ways to do things.

Carlos is a very helpful, lively and open-minded English instructor. During his over 5 years of teaching, he has stolen hearts of a lot of students around the world - they all want to stay with Carlos after the first several lessons.

If you're looking for someone who would be not only your learning mentor but also a close friend whom you can discuss things with, you're in the right place. Carlos is exactly the kind of English language tutor whose classes are relaxed, easy, and interesting - but still ensure progress. He can offer a lot of online games, varied tasks, and new ways to do things.

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We call Sana a Universal English tutor because she specializes in general English, business English, and exam preparation. You want it? She can most certainly do it! She has worked as a teacher for the past 12 years. Conversational abilities are a top priority for her, and she maintains an open mind and purpose in her life.Her online classes are really popular among students who are looking for steady balanced progress in all areas. Whether it's learning grammar, writing or listening - all aspects of language and skills are covered in her lessons. And all of this is accompanied by snippets of film, pieces of music, and even information from the scientific community - she is very open-minded indeed.

We call Sana a Universal English tutor because she specializes in general English, business English, and exam preparation. You want it? She can most certainly do it! She has worked as a teacher for the past 12 years. Conversational abilities are a top priority for her, and she maintains an open mind and purpose in her life.

Her online classes are really popular among students who are looking for steady balanced progress in all areas. Whether it's learning grammar, writing or listening - all aspects of language and skills are covered in her lessons. And all of this is accompanied by snippets of film, pieces of music, and even information from the scientific community - she is very open-minded indeed.

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Loryn is an incredibly positive and approachable teacher. She started teaching English online in 2018, whilst simultaneously studying psychology. Loryn found that the combination of her teaching qualification and her psychology degree really complimented each other.She creates a comfortable and warm learning environment for students where they are eager to grow and develop their language abilities through the use of conversations. Loryn believes that a successful lesson is one whereby students explore and challenge their abilities, where they laugh and learn and are by no means afraid of making mistakes.

Loryn is an incredibly positive and approachable teacher. She started teaching English online in 2018, whilst simultaneously studying psychology. Loryn found that the combination of her teaching qualification and her psychology degree really complimented each other.

She creates a comfortable and warm learning environment for students where they are eager to grow and develop their language abilities through the use of conversations. Loryn believes that a successful lesson is one whereby students explore and challenge their abilities, where they laugh and learn and are by no means afraid of making mistakes.

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Ladan is a very hardworking, lively and responsible CELTA certified English instructor. She has been working as a teacher for more than 13 years and has stolen hearts of a lot of students in different ages – many of them stayed with Ladan for several years.If you’re looking for someone who would be not only your learning mentor but also a close friend who you can discuss things with, you’re in the right place. Ladan is exactly the kind of English language tutor whose classes are full of different activities and fun as she will offer a lot of varied tasks and new ways to do things to ensure progress.

Ladan is a very hardworking, lively and responsible CELTA certified English instructor. She has been working as a teacher for more than 13 years and has stolen hearts of a lot of students in different ages – many of them stayed with Ladan for several years.

If you’re looking for someone who would be not only your learning mentor but also a close friend who you can discuss things with, you’re in the right place. Ladan is exactly the kind of English language tutor whose classes are full of different activities and fun as she will offer a lot of varied tasks and new ways to do things to ensure progress.

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Alireza loves his awesome students, teaching and soccer. He’s from Iran and has 12 years of teaching experience. He says that his mission is to give students a voice to express themselves and every student feels an incredible vibe in class and gets even more motivated learning English inspired by Alireza.Alireza confesses that he enjoys teaching IELTS most of all, also he’s awesome at teaching General and Business English. He’s a Celta certified teacher and a PhD student at the moment. Alireza has always been taking care of his students and will come with the best assignments to help you achieve your goals.

Alireza loves his awesome students, teaching and soccer. He’s from Iran and has 12 years of teaching experience. He says that his mission is to give students a voice to express themselves and every student feels an incredible vibe in class and gets even more motivated learning English inspired by Alireza.

Alireza confesses that he enjoys teaching IELTS most of all, also he’s awesome at teaching General and Business English. He’s a Celta certified teacher and a PhD student at the moment. Alireza has always been taking care of his students and will come with the best assignments to help you achieve your goals.

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Born and raised in the United States, Clark Murad comes from a multiracial family therefore he can empathize with students from different countries and loves helping with their pronunciation and accent. Clark uses visual materials, games and always chooses relevant and up-to-date topics for his lessons. So if you are looking for a fun and interactive tutor, he is the perfect fit.Clark Murad’s lessons are full of energy and speaking practice. He is a proud father of two daughters and has a very patient and compassionate approach in his lessons.

Born and raised in the United States, Clark Murad comes from a multiracial family therefore he can empathize with students from different countries and loves helping with their pronunciation and accent. Clark uses visual materials, games and always chooses relevant and up-to-date topics for his lessons. So if you are looking for a fun and interactive tutor, he is the perfect fit.

Clark Murad’s lessons are full of energy and speaking practice. He is a proud father of two daughters and has a very patient and compassionate approach in his lessons.

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Reviews from our learners

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Ilona MaslowskaApr 21, 2022

I studied at many English language learning centers, but I liked your online platform. Here, attention is focused on the development of colloquial speech, and this, in my opinion, is the main and most important thing.

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Cecilio SabatineJul 25, 2022

These are my first courses, and I have only good impressions of these classes. It was interesting for me to communicate with people who later became very good friends. The teacher always explained and corrected if something was wrong. All the lessons were very interesting and fun. Despite our different ages, we always understood each other and laughed at the same things. I want to wish Promova prosperity.

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user34245Sep 21, 2022

Foreign languages have always been very difficult for me. Here they gave me hope that I would be able to learn English. There were a lot of oral exercises that captured those topics that I knew from school. Thanks to our teacher. A lot depends on him.

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Arnaud_SergerieJan 3, 2022

Having completed the Pre-Intermediate course, I want to note the high level of training, an interesting form of teaching, a tangible increase in knowledge, as well as good teaching aids. Very interesting topics, bright, clear. I would love to continue studying this direction.

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PrincePleOct 12, 2022

I am completely satisfied with the training. From the learning process, I would like to highlight: a large amount of communication in the classroom, giving a huge conversational practice, a favorable, friendly atmosphere in the online classroom, and simple and effective methods of presenting grammatical material (many obscure points in grammar have been eliminated).

Frequently asked questions

What can you do at the Advanced level?

At the C1 level, Advanced English learners have an excellent command of English and can handle pretty much any situation. With these skills, you can comfortably work at an international business or live abroad. You can express ideas freely and spontaneously without much searching for expressions. Moreover, you can combine information from many different sources and come to your own conclusions. 

C1 English speakers have access to international opportunities. However you often need formal proof of skills such as a language certificate. IELTS and TOEFL exams are common options. For example, an IELTS score between 6,5 and 7,5 makes you a certified C1 speaker. You can add it to your resume when applying for jobs or education opportunities.

How can I get to the C1 English level?

Getting to an advanced level of English takes hundreds of hours of practice, whether we get it from growing up in an English-speaking environment or while studying at an adult age. At this point, you have unconscious mastery of the language and don’t need any effort to understand or speak it.

Reaching C1 takes time and immersion. You must venture past familiar interests to read, talk, write, and listen about topics you know nothing about. Absorbing new information in English will help your mind adapt and increase your mastery of the language.

Who is this course for?

English lessons for advanced speakers help learners go from good to great. Suppose you already have a good command of the language and need an extra push to pass formal exams for immigration or studying abroad. In that case, C1 English lessons can help you get there. 

In addition, you can benefit from working with a C1 tutor if you’re a professional looking to improve your communication skills. For example, you might want to learn specialized topics in business English, finance, legal vocabulary, and so on.

Is Advanced English difficult?

C1 stands for fluency in a wide range of contexts and mastery of both basic and complex grammar. In other words, it’s the next highest skill level before native-like fluency. Of course, some learners are naturally gifted and get there rather quickly. However, in general, going from B2 to C1 is probably the biggest leap you’ll make in your language learning journey.  Luckily, some methods and materials can help you study on your terms and play to your strengths. You can take advanced English lessons online and find out how you can improve during an introductory session with a tutor.  

What is C1 English?

C1 English stands for Advanced proficiency in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It stands for fluent expression in a wide range of contexts and situations. Put simply, it means you can watch movies, listen to podcasts, and speak English normally without having to stop and look for expressions and references. 
If you’re uncertain about your current level, take a free language test with Promova before taking your advanced English course to see whether this applies to you.