Advanced Grammar


Days Times and Dates  8 (or 6) weeks of 2 hours per week

Term 1: Monday 17:00-19:00

Week commencing 14 October 2013 – week ending 6 December 2013

Term 2: Wednesday 17:00-19:00

Week commencing 27 January 2014 – week ending 21 March 2014

Term 3: Wednesday 17:00-19:00

Week commencing 5 May 2014 – week ending 13 June 2014

Course fees:

Terms 1 & 2: UCL: £170

Other: £220

Term 3: UCL: £120

Other: £170


A course for experienced users of English of an upper intermediate level and above (e.g. IELTS 6.5-7.0) who wish to improve their understanding and use of grammar in speaking and writing. If you are unsure whether this course is appropriate for your level, ask advice from one of the teachers at CLIE Reception during enrolment. There is a maximum of 20 participants per class.

Course Aims

  • to provide a grammar course to build on the existing knowledge of participants
  • to develop awareness of the key systems and patterns within English grammar
  • to help participants improve their accuracy and effectiveness in writing and speaking through guided practice and tutor feedback

Taught Content

Each group will have a weekly 2-hour class over a period of eight weeks (six weeks in Term 3). The course will include certain spoken and written activities and exercises. There is no final examination or assessment. Please note that the course will continue during UCL Reading Week.

Depending on Needs Analysis, areas to be covered may include:

  • Understanding choice of tenses
  • Use of generic and specific nouns and articles
  • Using noun phrases instead of clauses and forming complex noun phrases
  • The meanings of modal verbs
  • Expressing conditionality
  • Word formation (affixes)
  • Reviewing dependent prepositions
  • Expressing causality and sentence structure
  • Changing emphasis in a sentence
  • Qualifying comparisons: showing similarities and differences
  • Indirect statements and questions; noun clauses


You will be offered self-study exercises based on the areas of grammar covered in class.

Books (in the Self-Access Centre)

The following text is suitable for pre-course reading (optional):

• Biber, D, Conrad, S & G Leech (2002) Longman Student Grammar of Spoken and Written English. Harlow: Longman

Further selected grammar books for self-study:

• Foley, M & D Hall (2003) Advanced Learners' Grammar: A self-study reference and practice book with answers. Harlow: Longman [Longer and more ‘natural’ exercises; for more advanced students]

• Hopkins, D & P Cullen (2007) Grammar for IELTS with answers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press [Clear explanations; relevant and interesting exercises]

• Yule, G (2008) Oxford Practice Grammar: Advanced Book with Answer Key. Oxford: Oxford University Press [Challenging practice exercises and detailed explanations]

Online Resources

The UCL Internet Grammar of English. A resource aimed at undergraduate students; free to use, but some restrictions on access from outside a university computer network.


In order to benefit fully from the course, we strongly recommend 100% attendance. If you have to miss a class, please inform the tutor beforehand. This can be done either by email or by leaving a message at CLIE Reception.

Course Feedback / Staff-Student Consultative Exercise

There will be an opportunity for students in part-time English classes to give general feedback on the course to senior representatives of CLIE.

Academic support

If you have any questions about your course, please feel free to ask your tutor. Alternatively, you may like to contact the Course Co-ordinator, Mrs Daphne Thomas, in Room 115, 26 Bedford Way. Email:

Administrative support

If you have any administrative enquiries, please contact the EAP Office, Room 121, 26 Bedford Way. Email:

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