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Upper-Intermediate English Course

The General English Upper-Intermediate Course is designed to build students’ skills to a level where they can communicate with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that facilitates stress-free interactions with advanced speakers of English. Activities such as debates, presentations, and role plays are used to help students develop their ability to express and explain their viewpoint on topical issues, and produce detailed, clear texts on a wide range of subjects.

Some of the topics covered in the lessons include:

  • climate change
  • science and creative thinking
  • business and advertising
  • crime and punishment
  • illness and treatment

This course is divided into Blocks A, B, and C. All three blocks together cover the whole Upper-Intermediate (B2) level. It is not necessary, however, to complete the blocks in A-B-C order as all blocks are taught at an Upper-Intermediate level.

This course helps students develop the skills required to prepare for the Cambridge English: First (FCE) Exam. Students wishing to take this exam should enrol in Kickstart’s Cambridge English: First (FCE) Exam Preparation Course.

Materials  English File (3rd edition) – Upper-Intermediate Student’s Book; ISBN 9780194558747, ± €30-50
KickstartNet, our online learning platform 

Length  24 hours 

Format  Once a week (regular); a semi-intensive option can be created by combining this course with our Upper-Intermediate Conversation, Practical English and/or Business English Course.

Group size  4 to 10 students 

Homework  2 hours per lesson 

Price  €360 (excluding the book; including all other course materials); €320 for students/au pairs (student card number/details of host family must be provided).
For all of our courses, we offer a money-back guarantee: if you are not satisfied after the first lesson, we will refund you the full course fee (less €15 administration costs). 

Catch-up lessons If a student misses a lesson during the course, catch-up lessons can be arranged at a discounted rate of €50/hour.   

Highlighted below is the language level of this course. Other courses at this language level can also be seen, as well as follow-on courses.

Please contact us to arrange a short, free intake to assess your language level. You can also check the CEFR framework to read the skills description for each level.

English courses

CEFR Level  General Courses   Conversation & Practical Courses Business Courses   Exam Preparation Courses  Online Courses  
A0  Elementary 
A1  Upper-Elementary 
A2  Pre-Intermediate   Pre-Intermediate      
B1  Intermediate   Intermediate  
B2  Upper-Intermediate         Upper-
Intermediate  
Upper-
Intermediate/        
Advanced        
- IELTS
- TOEFL
- Cambridge: First (FCE)
- Cambridge: Business (BEC) Vantage      
- Academic English
- Business English       
C1  Advanced   Advanced    Upper-
Intermediate/
Advanced
- IELTS
- TOEFL
- Cambridge: Advanced (CAE)
- Cambridge: Business (BEC) Higher 
- Academic English
- Business English
C2  Proficient 

Package Deal A

2 Courses

(General or Conversation)

€720 €680
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 What our students say about us

  • My experience with Kickstart has been highly beneficial in both developing language skills and improving my knowledge of the Dutch culture. Josien's support is always spot on and very intuitive in relation to personal circumstances. She spends a lot more than the official time allocated to really get to know her clients and her approach is customised accordingly. She was recommended to me by other Shell colleagues who expressed the same sentiment and I was fortunate enough to benefit from this during the time I spent with her.

    Vennasa van de Ven, Migration Manager working at Shell

  • Entering the Kickstart school premises alone gives you a push of energy and the commitment this will help to create is hardly unmatched in any other language school. The methodology and the approach used in the lessons also helps smoothly unlock the secrets of everyday Dutch. Kickstart School has helped me get in touch with the 'undutchable' culture of the Netherlands and its people. The individual language training I could experience at Kickstart School has been one of the best educational experiences I could have in Europe.

    Alessandro d’Addario, European Law Enforcement 

  • I really enjoyed my English lessons with the Kickstart School. The teacher was professional and really knew the subject. The way they teach is also great! The classes are presented in a clear and professional manner and the online exercises completed at home are very helpful. The teacher always provided useful feedback. It's a great experience to join a Kickstart course with such a friendly atmosphere of students and teachers.

    Beatriz Pedroche, Spain 

  • Kickstart has been the ideal place for me to learn. The teachers are very helpful and friendly and have always gone the "extra mile" to help me learn in a positive way. Their teaching is practical with elements that can immediately be applied to everyday living situations. Included in the lessons are cultural aspects of living in the Netherlands that make learning Dutch dynamic and fun; you learn the language and about the place and the people! The teachers took an active interest in my progress and provided valuable customized sessions that maintained my strengths and developed my weaknesses; all in a patient, fun and friendly style.

    Graeme Ting, dentist from New Zealand 

  • My first contact with Kickstart School was after 1 month of living in The Netherlands, when I started to study Dutch. At the time I didn’t have any knowledge of the language, but with their courses organized by levels I developed important language skills and learned about the Dutch culture. They all do a great job at Kickstart because their motto it’s not just a motto – they are really pleased to teach you. You learn a language in a friendly atmosphere, make new friends from all over the world, and all in a cosy building right in the heart of The Hague.

    Anca Boros, mathematics and physics teacher from Romania

  • During my time with Kickstart I have learned a lot and gained confidence. I was always challenged by the interesting assignments, but never too much. I have really enjoyed the classes!

    Sabine de Bruijn, Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

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