Upper Intermediate English – Level B2

Crownd of upper Intermediate students celebrating their graduation.

Students should now feel comfortable speaking English.

Upper Intermediate students can hold a continuous conversation with a native English speaker without help. They can change the subject in the middle of the conversation without difficulty and can easily talk about a variety of topics. In reading, they should be able to understand modern text and they can write on most subjects, using difficult sentence structures and without too many grammatical mistakes. This is the level at which a student should be ready to take the FCE (Cambridge First Certificate) exam.

B2 – Upper intermediate Grammar to cover:

  • The Passive Voice: I had my house painted.
  • Third conditional: If it had rained, I would have used my umbrella.
  • Reported speech: She said that she . . .
  • Defining relative clauses: The man who is standing over there is nervous.
  • Modal verbs in the past: I could have come.
  • Passive verb forms: The room was cleaned.
  • The verb TO WISH: I wish I could go; you wish you were me.
  • To be used to / to get used to. Know when to use each of these.
  • Past perfect continuous tense: I had been working.
  • Future perfect: I will have written it by the end of the week.
  • Take a look at our Posts page for unusual but necessary grammar rules.

B2 – Upper Intermediate Vocabulary includes:

  • Adjectives of personality: generous, manipulative.
  • Medical problems: ache, bruise, sprain.
  • Crime words: to arrest, fraud, mugging.
  • Feelings: hurt, fascinated, relieved.
  • Science and technology words: software, appliance.
  • Media and communications words: broadcasting, the press.
  • Also learn as many Phrasal Verbs as you can, as these are used often in English.

TIP: Use our easy to understand lessons.

B2 Upper-Intermediate Pack

B2.01 – Infinitives & Gerunds. B2.02 – Direct & Indirect Speech.
B2.03 – The Passive Voice. B2.04 – Phrasal Verbs.
B2.05 – The Future Perfect Tense. B2.06 – The Past Perfect Continuous.
B2.07 – Transitive & Intransitive Verbs. B2.08 – Action & State Verbs.
B2.09 – Punctuation. B2.10 – Phrasal Verbs II.
B2.11 – Expressing Preferences. B2.12 – More Vocabulary.

Students should now be able to do the following:

  • Understand the T.V. news and current affairs programmes.
  • Understand speeches and lectures, with arguments for and against a subject.
  • Understand many diverse British accents.
  • Read current articles and books by modern-day writers.
  • Have in-depth conversations with native speakers, without difficulty.
  • Present your views and ideas on a range of topics without having to search for words.
  • Write letters without mistakes. Write an essay or a report.

At this stage it could be helpful for students to join a library that has an English section. Reading a novel that they have previously read in their own language is a good idea, as they will already have an idea of the story. They may still need to use a dictionary from time to time, but should try to read as much as possible in English.

Practice papers from the Cambridge FCE exam for upper intermediate students can be downloaded from the internet here.