B2 Lessons - Upper-Intermediate Course
At the upper-intermediate English level, fluency comes within reach. With the right help, you can overcome communication barriers and thrive in an English-speaking environment.
Unfortunately, this level is tricky because you must go from factual information and familiar situations to abstract ideas. As a result, communication becomes nuanced and complex - this is why so many learners study with a tutor to help guide them to fluency.
If you stick with it and reach level B2 in English, you can comfortably work with colleagues and clients from all backgrounds. Moreover, you’ll be equipped to handle almost any presentation or report at your job or university courses.
Improve your skills and conquer B2 English with Promova!
Learners will be able to
Comprehend standard spoken language in different contexts for both familiar and unfamiliar topics. Navigate personal, social, academic, and vocational life.
Adapt reading style and speed to different texts and purposes. Use a broad active reading vocabulary, mostly needing references to understand rare idioms and specialized jargon.
Use the language fluently to discuss various general, academic, vocational, or leisure topics. Convey content of complex texts and build key points on ideas.
Develop other people’s ideas and pose questions to invite reactions and different perspectives. Propose plans and problem-solving activities.
Write clear, detailed texts related to your area of interest, evaluating and combining information from a range of sources. Clarify arguments and opinions of others.
Collaborate with people from different backgrounds and offer support where necessary. Discuss shared goals and make suggestions about achieving them.
What you’ll learn in our B2 Upper-Intermediate English courses
You can handle complex topics within your area of interest at the Upper-Intermediate level of English. You’ll learn to fluently articulate your ideas and collaborate with others to make suggestions during discussions on various subjects.
Some of the topics covered in our B2 level English program include:
- Positive experiences, hopes, and aspirations.
- Neatness and messiness. Differences in personality.
- Progress and what success means to you.
- Luck and choice. Mistakes made in the past.
- Market trends - basic marketing, advertising.
- Research and degrees of truth. Characteristics.
- Life improvement and acquiring new skills.
- Ability and performance. Discussing talent and genius.
- Ambitions and emotional impact of events.
- Change and overcoming difficulties it brings.
- Problems, challenges, and annoyances in daily life.
- The natural world and life forms in different habitats.
- Exploration - new discoveries in space or the ocean depths.
- Personality types - strong characteristics and feelings.
- Decision-making. Assessing ideas and arguments.
- Professional relationships. Teamwork and support.
- New technology and its impact on life and people.
- Willingness and unwillingness to do things.
- The future of communication and human connection.
- Unexpected fame and handling strange situations.
- Past and Present habits.
- Comparative structures - adjective and adverb use.
- Superlative structures. Ungradable adjectives.
- Relative pronouns. Reduced relative clauses.
- Present participles (the -ing form).
- Adding emphasis: so… that, such… that, even, only.
- Reflexive pronouns; pronouns with other/another.
- Real Conditionals - the if clause and the result clause.
- Mixed conditionals: alternatives to if.
- Reported Speech with modal verbs.
- Gerund and infinitives after adjectives, pronouns, and nouns.
- Infinitives after verbs with and without objects.
- Modal-like expressions with to be.
- Future forms - 4 future verb tenses.
- Verbs after prepositions - using Gerunds.
- Causative Verbs - make, cause, allow, etc.
- Passive forms - indicating a change of state.
- Passives with modals; Passive infinitives.
- Adverbs with adjectives and other adverbs.
- Counting words - making non-count nouns countable.
Classes for B2 EnglishPromova offers two tutoring programs for online B2 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
You’re likely comfortable using English in your career and daily life at this stage. However, B2 learning will require you to go past familiar territory and conquer new topics. You’ll work with your tutor to create a roadmap for what you want to learn based on your goals and ambitions.
You will enrich your already solid grammar with comparative structures and advanced causation. This will help you comfortably talk about change and abstract topics such as decision-making.
To summarize, your B2 lessons will focus on expanding your command of language beyond familiar topics to help set you up for success.
As a B2 learner, you already have enough speaking confidence to express your thoughts and ideas. However, going further will require you to make arguments, assess opinions, and clarify the views of others during discussions.
Moreover, you must have the independence to break the fluency barrier. This means no longer having to look things up. You must understand context and nuance, have a strong active vocabulary, and no longer need much help to make sense of the things you read or hear.
Of course, you’ll need guidance from your teacher and hours of focused learning to get there, but intuitive comprehension of English is well worth it in the end.
Practice makes perfect, and you should be comfortable taking the floor at this stage. This means learning to research and craft powerful presentations to help others understand your points. It also means writing about various topics with increasingly complex lines of argument.
To succeed, you need not only an excellent command of English but also communication skills and clarity of thought. Experience can help you master the language and fluently express yourself in different situations.
For this reason, your B2 lessons won’t follow a rigid structure. Instead, they will adapt to your needs in the moment, creating room for spontaneous expression.
Meet some of our Upper-Intermediate 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
At the end of the business course, I have begun to understand English better. My conversational skills have also improved, and the memories of my business vocabulary have been refreshed. The classes were very interesting every time and included a variety of ways to learn the language. My tutor was an energetic, highly qualified, and intelligent person who was able to easily interest a student.
I studied on Promova and took an upper intermediate course. I liked everything very much. The training program is effective. The teaching staff is competent. I will definitely come to the next level. Thank you for the high-quality services rendered.
I want to thank Promova Company, where I studied English (Intermediate and Upper-intermediate levels) and was very pleased with the result. Special thanks to our teacher! Classes were always active and interesting, with an individual approach. And the grammar, with which I had problems, the tutor explained very clearly. Thanks again!
I really liked the textbook, the course, and the teachers. Thanks to this, vocabulary, grammar, and language skills really develop. It is also good that there is an opportunity to adjust the schedule of classes and time. Thanks.
Impressions about the company are only positive. The English course was very interesting. There were clear textbooks and a pleasant team. I was taught to speak! I'm going to continue my studies at Promova, only at a different level.
Frequently asked questions
Who is this course for?
The B2 English language level helps learners add nuance and complexity to their existing skills. Therefore, you should only take the B2 course if you have a strong enough command of English and want to forge toward fluency.
At this point, you should build grammatically correct sentences, express your opinions, and navigate topics within your area of interest. From there, your certified tutor can help you fluently articulate your ideas, collaborate with others, and understand English in various contexts.
Is B2 English level fluent?
Fluency exists on a continuum, and the B2 English language level indicates you can effortlessly communicate with native speakers. You can have complex conversations, talk about abstract ideas, and bring conditions into the mix.
Furthermore, you can support discussions and identify common goals with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. Taking English lessons for the upper-intermediate level helps you transition from factual information to the world of ideas and arguments.
In short, B2 is a huge stepping stone toward fluency and effortless communication in English.
How to get from B2 to the C1 level?
In general, learners need 100-120 hours of guided practice to go from one language level to the next. However, this is often more difficult for B2 students transitioning to C1 because these levels already show good mastery of the language.
Firstly, write a lot. Even on social media - Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin - these sites can help you learn new topics and expand your vocabulary. Secondly, practice talking about ideas and making arguments. Read about ideas and subjects outside your immediate knowledge and expertise.
Lastly, have as many deep conversations as possible with native-like speakers. This can mean talking to foreign friends on the internet, joining a speaking club, or learning with your tutor on Promova. You must practice to the point where you can comfortably think in English without help.
What can you do at the B2 level?
At the Upper-Intermediate level, you can handle any situation as long as it falls in your area of interest. For example, you can succeed in your professional environment, study abroad, and navigate problems in a foreign country. Moreover, you can get your points across and have written correspondence with friends and colleagues.
However, you might still have difficulties with spontaneous situations and topics outside your experience. For example, following extended speech about unfamiliar specialized subjects may be difficult. You may also find it tough to mediate conversations, mainly if some speakers use a lot of colloquialisms and unfamiliar expressions.
What you need to know for B2 level English
B2 English is your ticket to a successful personal and professional life in an English-speaking environment. At this point, you can function and succeed at international companies and foreign institutions.
You need firm command of grammar and an extensive vocabulary that applies to many situations. Furthermore, B2 also indicates that you are comfortable talking about choices and consequences - which means a good command of English and communication as a whole.