This concise and focused course thoroughly prepares B2-level students for all four papers of the revised B2 First for Schools Cambridge English Qualification. The course is designed to maximise the performance of school-age learners, and covers the core B2 First for Schools topics, language and skills needed for the exam.

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Barbara Thomas and Laura Matthews

B2 (Upper Intermediate)

Informed by the Cambridge English Corpus
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Key features

  • Two teen-inspired topics in each unit ensure the entire exam syllabus is covered, and can also act as a basis for CLIL-based extension activities and projects.
  • Grammar sections and a Grammar Reference help students build up the accurate language structure necessary for Use of English.
  • B2-level vocabulary is targeted, drawing on insights from English Profile, covering items such as collocations, word formation, phrasal verbs, three word verbs, easily confused words.
  • 'Exam tips', and grammar and vocabulary exercises teach students to avoid common mistakes identified in the Cambridge Learner Corpus.


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