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Essential Everyday English

Improve and increase your technical and practical use of English for social, work, and everyday situations - improve your English proficiency and confidence in your use of English.

This Program covers the essentials of English and focuses on improvement of reading, writing and understanding.  The Program will increase technical and practical proficiency, and starts by explaining the different types of English words, the importance of sentences and paragraphs,  what they do and how they should be put together, and teaches how to improve English usage, knowledge and communication.  The Program deals with what needs to be known for success in Examinations, and for progress to more complex and professional English studies.


(1) Anybody enrolling for this Programme before 31st December 2024 will also be enrolled FREE for a Course on Strategy, Quality & Contemporary Business Concerns; the only requirement is that you provide your personal email address to the College on enrolment.

(2) During the “Covid-19” (Corona) virus pandemic and in lock-down periods, affected Members may be allowed to take Assignments (home-based course work) instead of or in addition to sitting Examinations to complete the Programme; details can be provided on request after enrolment onto the Programme.

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Module 1 - English Words

  • Capital and small letters
  • Vowels, syllables, consonants
  • One, two and three letter words, longer words, forming words
  • Kinds of words (“parts of speech”): nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, conjunctions, others

Module 2 - More About Nouns

  • Proper nouns: names of people, countries, towns, physical features, when to use capital letters
  • Numbers: singular and plural, changing singular to plural, standard and non-standard plural forms
  • Gender: masculine, feminine, different words for the two, common gender, neuter gender
  • Possessive nouns: possession or ownership, plural nouns, showing usage

Module 3 - Sentences

  • Forming sensible sentences, correct order of words, the subject of a sentence, predicates in sentences
  • Statements: telling something, questions, answers/replies, commands/orders, requests, responses
  • When to use capital letters, the word “I”, start of a sentence, proper nouns, full stops
  • Multiple or compound sentences, conjunctions, clauses, objects in sentences, positive and negative

Module 4 - More About Verbs

  • Finite forms of verbs, showing state or being, verbs of action, the verb “to be”, conjugating verbs
  • Present tenses of verbs, simple, continuous and perfect present tenses, past and present participles
  • Future tenses of verbs, simple, continuous and perfect future tenses
  • Past tenses of verbs, simple, continuous and perfect past tenses, past participles, irregular verbs

Module 5 - More About Pronouns

  • Why we use pronouns, when pronouns start with capital letters, errors to be avoided
  • Pronouns as subjects in sentences, subjective pronouns
  • Pronouns as objects in sentences, objective pronouns
  • Possessive, interrogative, demonstrative and emphatic pronouns, pronouns which start questions

Module 6 - More About Adjectives and Adverbs

  • Why we use adjectives, nouns and pronouns as adjectives, possessive adjectives, comparisons
  • Articles: “the”, “a” and “an”, colours and shades, ordinal and cardinal numbers
  • The functions of adverbs: time, place, degree, manner, reason
  • The placing of adverbs, forming adverbs from adjectives, comparisons, adverbs which start questions

Module 7 - Punctuation of Sentences

  • Why punctuation is used, punctuation marks, when and why they may be used
  • Full stops, questions marks, exclamation or command marks, commas
  • Quotation or speech marks, words actually spoken, adding clauses, showing manner or tone
  • Colons, semicolons, dashes, brackets, apostrophes, punctuated and unpunctuated passages

Module 8 - The English-English Dictionary, Vocabulary and Word Building

  • Uses of a dictionary to find the spelling of a word, accented syllables, the meaning(s) of a word
  • Alphabetical order, how words are explained, finding new words, words with multiple meanings
  • Building new words, suffixes and prefixes and their use, using hyphens to join words
  • The confusion of words, the same pronunciation but different meanings, tips on avoiding mistakes

Module 9 - Positive and Negative Sentences

  • Changing positive to negative using “not”, negative shortened words/abbreviations
  • Changing positive statements into positive questions, and positive questions into negative questions
  • Questions which start with pronouns or adverbs, positive and negative
  • Changing statements into questions using negative and positive “tails”, prefixes which change meaning

Module 10 - Sentences and Paragraphs

  • Active and passive voices of verbs, changing from active to passive, from passive to active
  • Lengths of sentences: short and long sentences, splitting up a long sentence, variety, transitive verbs
  • Paragraphs, grouping sentences by topic, separating paragraphs, order of sentences and paragraphs
  • Dialogue: direct, indirect or reported speech, changing from direct to indirect, and indirect to direct

Module 11 - Passages of Writing and Comprehension

  • Using adjectives and adverbs to make writing interesting, using pronouns to avoid repetition, clarity
  • Building a passage of writing: the “idea”, notes, topics, expanding notes into sentences and paragraphs
  • Reading a story, passages about events, using imagination in writing, keeping readers interested
  • Understanding passages of writing, comprehension tests, questions and answers, context, descriptions

Module 12 - Introduction to Letter Writing

  • Social letters, guidelines for writing social letters, private letters, why they might be written
  • Business letters, their objectives, features of business letters, professionalism in preparing them
  • Sales letters, their aims, the need for attractive layout, accounts letters, their purposes and features
  • Employment letters, letters seeking a job, invitation letters to an interview, further study of English




 Your CIC Fee includes:-

  • Your enrolment/registration with Cambridge International College, and your own high-quality, professionally produced and illustrated comprehensive International CIC Study & Training Publications.
  • A detailed, professional ‘Study & Training Guide’ with full instructions on how to study to achieve success and gain top results.  The Guide includes detailed advice on how to answer Self-Assessment Tests, Training Tests and Examinations.
  • Self-Assessment Tests and Recommended Answers for them, and a Progress Chart.
  • Two Progress/Training Tests (which can be used as ‘Past Papers/Questions’) with an optional Tutorial Support Service.
  • The Final Examination** sat under Invigilation/Supervision in your own area - full details, guidance and explanation of how your Examination will be arranged and how Invigilation is conducted will be provided when you register.  Note, CIC arranges Examinations in over a hundred countries worldwide for thousands of Members every year; it is a flexible, straightforward process and will be arranged when YOU are ready to write your Examination.  **An Assignment Option is available instead of an Exam for the ‘Covid-19’ (Corona) virus period.
  • The prestigious Cambridge International College Diploma on successful completion of your Study & Training and on passing the Final Examination.
  • Your personal page on CIC’s Member Services website with access to results, despatch details, advice and guidance, and more: www.cambridgeinternationalcollege.co.uk
  • Regular information and news including: Newsletters with details of special offers and new Programs and much more; and Competition Forms; by email and post.

Everything needed for your Study & Training success is included in the CIC Fee.


  • Further Study and Training Advice, and Assistance is available before, during and after CIC Study & Training; Members may ask CIC’s team of experienced Consultants for advice on further study and Programmes to improve career prospects and advancement. 
  • CIC’s experienced and helpful staff can assist with numerous special requests, such as reference/recommendation letters and transcripts, and more, by post and email.

English is the language most spoken in countries around the world, whether it is a person's first language or a second or even third language.  English is the main international language for communication, education, work and business, and therefore it is essential for nearly all work positions and careers  to achieve a good command of the English language.  This Program will provide this needed knowledge and ability.

CIC provides a number of English Programs and Higher Programmes which can be studied after Essentials of Everyday English, if needed, to bring English qualifications, ability and development to even higher levels.

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Payment Options:

British Pounds:
Single payment of £200
Or 3 monthly payments of £90
US Dollars:
Single payment of $400
Or 3 monthly payments of $180
Single payment of €300
Or 3 monthly payments of €135
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Duration & Assessments

The Study Period is one year (12 months) but this is flexible; the Diploma can be completed in a shorter period, or you can take longer if necessary.


To gain your Diploma you need to sit and pass an Examination** (based entirely upon the contents of the Study Materials provided to you in your Program Fee). Full and clear details about preparing for and sitting the Exam are provided to you, including in your Study & Training Guide, when you enrol. The clear information explains when, where and how your Examination will be arranged - it is a simple and straightforward process, which hundreds of thousands of other Members have successfully gone through. If you study well and follow the advice in the CIC Study & Training Guide you should be able to achieve high marks and good grades - and obtain your prestigious International Diploma!

**An Assignment Option is available instead of an Exam for the ‘Covid-19’ (Corona) virus period.

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