Self study learning paths for B1 and B2 general English
N.B.: enrolments for the online general English course will close from 3rd to 21st August inclusive.
These guided self-study learning paths use
- the BBC Learning English online courses;
- additional materials, integrated with the BBC courses, consisting of:
- grammar tests to check your understanding of the grammar in the BBC units studied
- short writing tasks, which are corrected by your tutor
- speaking tasks (recorded), which your tutor will give you feedback on
- links to extra exercises
- listening and reading tests, similar to those in the CLA language exams
- tutoring on Zoom to talk with your tutor
How does it work and how long does the course last?
The B1 learning path will take approximately 90 hours to complete and includes:
- 40 units of the low intermediate and intermediate BBC Learning English courses
- a grammar test after every three units
- 4 writing tasks
- 4 speaking tasks
- 4 test listening and reading tests
- 4 meetings with your tutor to discuss the course and your preparation for the B1 language exam.
The B2 learning path will take approximately 110 hours to complete and includes:
- 47 units of the intermediate and upper intermediate BBC Learning English courses
- a grammar test after every three units
- 5 writing tasks
- 5 speaking tasks
- 5 test listening and reading tests
- 5 meetings with your tutor to discuss the course and your preparation for the B1 language exam.
It is necessary to pass the test at the end of each module to access the following module. Tests can be repeated as many times as necessary.
To access the course, you need to first take the online placement test and achieve a result that allows you to access a course of at least level B1a (for the B1 self-study learning path) or level B2a (for the B2 self-study learning path).
Within one week of your enrolment on the course, you will receive an email from the CLA office with the information you need to access the course (via Moodle).
The course lasts a maximum of 9 months, from the date of the email that you receive from CLA confirming your enrolment. If you have sufficient time to dedicate to the course, you can complete it earlier.
Specialist English for Engineering online course
N.B.: enrolments for the online specialist English course will close from 3rd to 28th August inclusive.
The course takes place entirely online, with no fixed hours. Students can complete the activities that they choose, at a time that suits them.
The course is aimed at students from the Departments of Industrial Engineering and Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering who are preparing for the B2 specialist English exam for engineering students that is required for the Bachelor’s degree, some Master’s degrees, and for the 5-year degree in Building Engineering and Architecture, but who do not feel it necessary to attend a course to improve their speaking skills, or who are unable to attend one this semester.
The English for Engineering course, whether Self Study or blended, offers flexibility to meet the diverse needs of engineering students, including:
• Working on specific skills
• Improving grammar and vocabulary
• Completing simulations of different types of exercise included in the test
The course is also useful for all engineering students who wish to improve their knowledge of English used in the field of engineering, whether for study purposes or for professional reasons.
Structure of the course
The Self Study course is offered in both semesters, using the same material.
Students will find materials to develop their
• Listening Skills
• Reading Skills
• Writing Skills
as well as
• Exam Listening Practice
• Exam Reading Practice
• Writing Tasks
Students are supported in their online work by a teacher, who corrects exercises and provides personalized advice on which materials to use. Most exercises are corrected automatically, giving the student a good degree of independence.
Students should be aware that going from B1 to B2 level is estimated to take approximately 200 hours of guided study and should plan the time they spend on the course accordingly.
How does it work?
To enrol in the B2 specialist English for Engineering course students must possess a B1 level, or have achieved a result on the CLA placement test that gives access to a B2a course.
Students who obtained their B1 level on the university admission test should be aware that this tests only the passive skills of listening and reading. Students whose writing or speaking skills are not up to B1 level are recommended to take a B1 course before proceeding to a B2 course.
You can use the course until mid-February if you enrol during the first semester, or until the end of August if you enrol in the second semester.
Students can assess their level in relation to the level of the B2 specialist English test for engineering students by completing Exam Practice Listening and Reading exercises, and Writing Tasks.
Students who are interested in attending the course with classroom lessons to develop speaking skills can enrol for the blended B2 specialist English for Engineering course. Further information is available here: https://www.cla.unitn.it/en/690/blended-courses-in-mesiano-periods
- students at Trento University
- students following single courses who have to pass a language exam
- doctoral students at Trento University
- postgraduate students at Trento University
- students at the Music Conservatory in Trento
- technicians, administrative personnel, students on scholarships, researchers and lecturers at Trento University
People from outside the university and from organisations affiliated with Trento University can access the online courses only if they are already attending a language course at the
Self study learning paths for B1 and B2 general English:
Specialist English course for engineering:
- Free: for students who need to pass the B2 exam in their study plan on Esse3
- €50 for students who need to pass the B2 exam in their study plan on Esse3 but who have already enrolled on another B2a or B2 blended course, for other students of the University, and for doctoral students.
- €100: for technical and administrative staff, researchers and academic staff of the University.
- If you are a student at the University of Trento, log in with your university credentials.
- If you are NOT A UNIVERSITY STUDENT, before you can take the placement test and/or enrol on a course, you need to apply for access to the services of the University Language Centre (CLA) by filling in the online form. Once you have filled in and sent the form, you will receive an email within three working days from the CLA Secretary’s Office, which describes the procedure to be followed to access MyCLA.
To enrol on the course, click on MyCLA and log in using your UNITN username and password: