ESL Classes for All Levels

The Cambridge Center for Adult Education has an outstanding ESL program where students study with highly motivated peers and very supportive teachers. 

We offer ESL classes at all levels: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.  You can study general grammar, work on your conversation skills or take classes focused on the skills of reading, writing and public speaking.

CCAE uses the Common European Framework to guide our ESL program. Language schools around the world use the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) to assess students and give practical direction to instructors. No need to wonder anymore where you stand; if you’re new to CCAE, we have several ways for you to decide which is the right level for you.

The CEFR does not change our wonderful, experienced instructors’ approach in the classroom; it just helps guarantee that you and your classmates start from similar levels of skill, and have similar linguistic goals over the course of each term. CCAE’s instructors continue to be the patient, vibrant, exciting professionals they have always been, and they will continue to focus on YOU, the student.

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Take a quick quiz at ccae.org/languagetest to find out what your level is according to the CEFR. Note: This quiz assesses you in 5 major aspects of language use: Listening, Reading, Spoken Interaction, Spoken Production, and Writing. Please be as honest as possible with yourself as you complete it.

The CEFR levels correspond to CCAE's classes in the following way:

A1: Beginner levels 1 & 2

Recommended classes: Basic English for Everyday Life, Beginner Level 1, Beginner Level 2, Intensive Beginner Levels 1 & 2, Beginner Listening and Pronunciation

A2: Beginner levels 3 & 4

Recommended classes: Beginner Level 3, Beginner Level 4, Conversation for Beginners, Writing for Beginners, Beginner Listening and Pronunciation, Intensive Beginner Levels 3 & 4, English for Everyday Life

B1: Intermediate levels 1 & 2

Recommended classes: Intermediate Level 1, Intermediate Level 2, Intermediate Conversation, Intermediate Writing, Pronunciation Practice, Intensive Intermediate Levels 1 & 2, English for Everyday Life, English on the Job, Public Speaking and Presentation, Speak, Discuss, Debate, Writing on the Job, Law Topics for Everyday Life, English for the Hospitality Industry

B2: Intermediate levels 3 & 4

Recommended classes: Intermediate Level 3, Intermediate Level 4, Intermediate Conversation, Intermediate Writing, Pronunciation Practice, Intensive Intermediate Levels 3 & 4, English on the Job, Mastering Phrasal Verbs and Prepositions, Public Speaking and Presentation, Speak, Discuss, Debate, Writing on the Job, Law Topics for Everyday Life, Accent Improvement Workshop

C1-C2: Advanced

Recommended classes: Advanced Writing, Secrets for a Stronger TOEFL Vocabulary, What's so Funny?, American Short Stories, Preparation for the TOEFL, Intensive Preparation for the TOEFL, Advanced Pronunciation, Newspapers for Advanced Conversation, Read, Discuss, Debate!, Accent Improvement Workshop

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