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Cambridge ESOL examsOur teaching team led by Stephen Lee are available for private classes and can individually help you reach your English learning goals.

Our courses follow a method devised by Steve and the Desktop English academic team that aims to balance the four skills of Speaking, Reading, Writing and Listening. It is our belief that fluency and confidence in a language can only be achieved by giving equal emphasis to each skill. Our method uses the Cambridge English exam criteria to independently evaluate your English. You can choose to take an exam at the end of the course, if you so wish. Alternatively, if you are already studying for a Cambridge exam, we are confident that we can help you improve your performance, better understand the tasks, and achieve a strong pass.

The variety of exercises was huge. A really intuitive way of learning. After many years of studying English, I definitely recommend DE’s methodsFeng Gao

Certainly one of the best courses I have ever experienced. It was well planned, professional, interesting, interactive, practical and lots of funRosa María de Arriba


If you want to learn more about personalised one on one online training from Stephen or one of the team, please complete the form below and we will be in touch by email with further details:

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What English level do you want to achieve this year?

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The right course for you will depend on your level. The Cambridge exams represent different levels on the Common European Framework Reference for Languages. Take a look at what these levels really mean below:

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B2According to the CEFR a candidate at this level can “…understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options”. = First Certificate (FCE)
C1According to the CEFR a candidate at this level can “…understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.” = Advanced (CAE)
C2According to the CEFR a candidate at this level can “…understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.” = Proficiency (CPE)

The Cambridge exams are probably the most respected English exams on the planet. Cambridge is the world leader in English testing and their prestigious First Certificate (FCE), Advanced (CAE) and Proficiency (CPE) exams are available to take in 130 countries with over 2,700 official exam centres.

The First Certificate in English (FCE), Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), and Cambridge Proficiency Exam (CPE) are recognised globally by more than 3000 businesses, educational establishments, and government departments as proof of achievement in English. All the Cambridge exams have life-long validity.

An overwhelming majority of the students who pass Cambridge exams do so after taking a preparation course. The complexity of the exams is such that it is almost essential to have followed a guided study plan.