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!
Learners will be able to
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.
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.
Participate in discussions and intervene where appropriate, effortlessly navigating situations. Recognize a wide range of expressions and colloquialisms, appreciating language registers.
Integrate nuance and sub-themes into your conversations and presentations. Develop points and assess arguments, rounding off with appropriate conclusions.
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
Classes for C1 EnglishPromova offers two tutoring programs for online C1 English lessons:
- 1x1 time with a certified tutor who helps you develop an individual learning plan
- Direct conversational practice with a native-like speaker
- Immediate feedback and correction of your mistakes
- Topics and subjects tailored to your personal interests
- Flexible schedule with 25-, 50-, and 90-minute lessons
- Lessons in friendly groups averaging 3 learners of the same level
- Focus on teamwork and collaboration during exercises
- Lots of conversational practice with fellow learners
- Pace and program designed for overall group progress
- Motivating atmosphere of mutual learning and support
What are the lessons like
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.
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.
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
TEFL Certificate; ESL University of Regina, SK, Canada; 2 years teaching experience; In addition to work, I love to cook, read about science and swimming.
More than 4 years teaching experience; BA in General English and MA in British/American Civilization and Literature; In addition to work, I am a huge fan of movies, series, and books.
14 years teaching experience; Cambridge CELTA; Master of English Linguistics; In addition to work, I like spending time with my dog and birds and enjoy listening to awesome music at live events.
4 years teaching experience; 3 years mentoring and coaching experience; TEFL certified; In addition to work, I like listening to podcasts, baking everything sweet.
10 years teaching experience; I’ll help you to learn business English and boost your confidence in the corporate world; In addition to work, I am very fond of reading and inspired by all the novels I’ve read.
More than 3 years teaching experience; Cambridge CELTA certified; TESOL certified; In addition to work, I love baking, listening to music and travelling.
More than 9 years teaching experience; Cambridge CELTA certified; I’ll help you to take an IELTS or Cambridge tests; In addition to work, I am a huge fan of The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter.
More then 11 years teaching experience; TEFL certified; I’ll help you to gain confidence speaking English to business partners and improve your writing skills; Beside English and Persian, I speak some French and Turkish.
Reviews from our learners
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.
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.
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.
Having completed the Advanced 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.
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.