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English Language Courses

Intermediate 5

This level is made up of two courses; 5A and 5B. Students will learn at this level to ask and answer simple questions as well as describe what they are looking for while shopping. They will learn how to express their opinions and needs as well as describe beautiful places in countries they have visited or even their countries of residence to an acceptable degree. Students will enhance their abilities to interact with English speakers if they speak slowly and will be able to tell then in English about things that have happened to them in the past. They will be able to mimic templates and write short messages in English to an acceptable degree. This level at OBA School is equivalent to the Cambridge qualification PET which is known and accredited worldwide and by all British universities. It is equivalent to a 4.0-6.0 on the IELTS scale and a B1 on the Common European Framework of References (CEFR) scale. Thus, students can apply at the British Council after having finished this level at OBA School to the Cambridge qualification exam PET and acquire the undoubtedly accredited certificate straight from the University of Cambridge in case they pass.

An Overview of the Level

This level contains two sub-levels which are:

  • The Intermediate Level 5A which is related to the information in the next sections
  • The Intermediate Level 5B which is NOT related to the information in the next sections

The OBA School Intermediate Level was designed for students who have a preparatory knowledge of the intermediate level of the English language. This course will help them improve their English whereby they will be able to communicate more confidently with English speakers during their travels, studies, or work.

At the end of the course, the student is expected to express things that he/she likes or dislikes and discuss them with others as well as understand spoken or written claims and instructions. The student is also expected to write personal speeches or take notes related to a meeting or discussion. Most lessons will teach the student new vocabulary as well as the skill of putting together advanced sentences, both of which will be blended into conversations to be listened to or visuals from real life conducted by native English speakers. These auditory and visual aids help the student practice these skills more effectively.

This level focuses on improving the student’s communicative abilities in English in practical real-life situations. It also provides the student with a great base if he/she wishes to pursue his/her studies in English to reach professional levels and acquire greater international qualifications in the English language.

Course Content

In this level, students will study the following English language skills:

Grammar skills of the English language related to the following

  • Conjugation of past tense and present tense verbs as well as the continuous tenses and the future perfect tense
  • The use of modal auxiliaries and their functions
  • Yes/no questions and how they are built as well as inquiries and statements of negation
  • Passive verbs
  • The future forms (will - going to - present continuous)
  • The use of “used to” to speak about an old habit

Vocabulary skills of the English Language related to the following

  • Types of words and whether they are verbs, nouns, adjectives, or adverbs
  • Words that go together about falling in love
  • Positive and negative adjectives
  • Free time activities
  • Spelling and pronunciation
  • Phrasal verbs
  • Suffixes and prefixes to give new meanings to words related to the meanings of their words of origin
  • Adjectives and adverb forms
  • Descriptions of people, things, and places

Dialogue skills for everyday life related to the following

  • Descriptions of everyday situations
  • Small talk
  • Opinion-giving
  • Polite requests and offers
  • Arrangements to meet
  • Words used and conversations made in a department store

Reading and speaking skills related to the following

  • Exchanging information
  • Roleplaying everyday situations
  • Discussions
  • Talking about yourself expressively
  • Reading a story in The Shakespearean Tragedy

Writing skills related to the following

  • Writing an informal letter
  • Writing a letter to a friend and correcting mistakes
  • Writing traditional letters and emails
  • Writing folk tales
  • Writing biographies and researching important characters and writing about them
  • Describing places and favorite places

Admission Requirements

You will be qualified to begin with the Intermediate Level 5A course if you meet either of the following two conditions:

1- Successfully completing the Pre-Intermediate Level 4B course.
2- Passing OBA School’s English Proficiency Test 1, 2, and 3. The test can be reached by clicking here.


Once you have finished successfully studying the Intermediate Level 5A course, you can proceed to the Intermediate Level 5B English language course.

When Can you Enroll in the Course?

In the beginning of each month we have a new student intake but to ensure we have an exceptional service that can meet every ambition; we have made all our courses available for enrolment at any time of the year, but the formal start-off of any of the courses begins usually in the first of the following month of that you have enrolled in. That means you will have immediate access to the course materials where you can read the study guide, starter files and also can have a go with the study materials like watching the tutorial videos and eBooks till you get contacted in the beginning of the next month directly by one of our dedicated tutor who will explain to you the whole process. 

Duration of the Course and Study Period

The duration of the Intermediate Level 5A course is two months. However, it does not necessarily need that long. As a reference for you to estimate accordingly, you would need around 100 hours of studying to complete the course. Hence you can schedule the duration based on dividing 100 hours by how many hours you plan to study per week resulting in the number of weeks required to finish the course.

Although the above method of estimation is only a guide, completing your course depends on several factors such as your employment situation. You could be a full-time employee, a part-time employee, or unemployed. Another factor would be your ability to dedicate time to study. Setting a study schedule is not difficult but committing to it needs determination and persistence. It would need to be remembered that it is your own responsibility to dedicate enough time to complete your studies.

The Equivalent Formal Test and Qualification from Cambridge:

The Cambridge exam equivalent to the Intermediate level for the English language was PET till 2018. The new test name from Cambridge is B1 Preliminary.

In order for you to acquire a formal recognised qualification from Cambridge, you have to complete studying the Intermediate level 5A and Intermediate Level 5B successfully with OBA School which prepares your to sit for the Cambridge Preliminary English Test (PET) in the British Council in your country of residence. 

It is important to note that all OBA School internal exams are only to evaluate your performance during your course, and the formal exam that leads to a formal qualification from Cambridge is what carries all the marks.

The formal Cambridge test is optional; you may take it if you wish to gain an internationally accredited and recognised qualification. To take the test, you have to register at the British Council or any other approved exam center by Cambridge in your country of residence. After registration, you will be notified of the time and place of the test, which is usually at the British Council or at an approved exam center.

The exam centers’ or the British Council’s responsibility is to facilitate your exam by registering you for the exam, providing you with the exam papers under a controlled examination environment in their facility, and sending your exam answers to Cambridge in England. Cambridge will then mark them and issue your qualification directly and send it to the place where you will have taken your exam in order for you to receive it.

For more information about the PET exam, please visit the related page on Cambridge’s website directly by clicking here.

A summary of The PET Test by Cambridge

  • Abbreviated name of the test: PET
  • Full name of the test: Preliminary English Test
  • The equivalent English course offered by OBA is the Intermediate level 5B
  • The equivalent band range by IELTS: 4.0-6.0 as follows:
    1- A score of 74%-77% on the PET is equivalent to IELTS band 4.0
    2- A score of 78%-85% on the PET is equivalent to IELTS band 4.5
    3- A score of 86%-91% on the PET is equivalent to IELTS band 5.0
    4- A score of 92%-96% on the PET is equivalent to IELTS band 5.5
    5- A score of 97%-100% on the PET is equivalent to IELTS band 6.0
  • The equivalent Common European Framework of References (CEFR) level: B1
  • Formal exam center: either at the British Council or a Cambridge-approved examination center in your country of residence
  • The test format: computer-based or traditional paper-based, but with both there is a speaking test and a listening test
  • Duration of the test: around 2 hours and 20 minutes
  • Mark range on the Cambridge Scale for the English language level: 132-169
  • Test availability: this test is available every month except in few cases
  • When to register for the test: at least 3 months before the test date
  • To check available test dates, please click here.
  • To find out more about PET, please click here.
  • For information about the material that can help you prepare for this exam, please click here.

Why Take The PET Exam

The Cambridge PET exam evaluates the essential skills needed to handle situations at the workplace or in social situations in a surrounding where the English language is used. Studying for the PET qualification gives students the following privileges:

  • Advancing your abilities at communicating in English for practical purposes in different situations
  • Acquiring internationally desired qualifications that would strengthen your chances at getting a good job
  • Stretching your horizon at future travels, jobs, and studies
  • PET is acknowledged by all British universities and is equivalent to a 4.0-6.0 on the IELTS scale as well as a B1 on the CEFR scale.

After successfully finishing the Intermediate Level 5A and 5B courses, you will be ready to prepare for the PET exam, which you can apply for at the British Council or any test center certified by Cambridge in your country of residence.

To sit for the PET, you are expected to be able to:

  • Understand written and spoken claims and instructions in English, read from textbooks and articles in simple English, and write letters and emails about subjects related to daily life
  • Write notes about work meetings and express moods and opinions in English in written as well as spoken form
  • Deal with a wide range of daily life situations that require interacting with English speakers whether native or non-native

What Does The PET Look Like?

The Cambridge PET exam is divided into three parts; the first part is reading and writing, the second part is listening, and the third part is speaking. They are divided as follows:

1- Exam in reading and writing skills: duration of 1 hour and 30 minutes and counts for 50% of the exam score
2- Exam in listening skills: duration of 35 minutes and counts for 25% of the exam score
3-Exam in speaking skills: duration of 12 minutes and counts for 25% of the exam

The PET qualification is received by students who pass the exam. The student receives a certificate that is certified by the University of Cambridge and can be testified by the British Council at their country of residence.

 PET Exam Reading and Use of Language Listening Speaking
Duration of the exam 1 hour and 30 minutes 1 hour and 20 minutes 35  minutes
Grade (out of 100) %50 %25 %25


PET Exam Content Grade (out of 100) Objective of the Exam
Reading and use of language (1 hour and 30 minutes) 5 sections with 35 questions in reading – 3 sections in writing 50% Shows your ability to understand written information and analyze texts meaning-wise and grammar-wise as well as to expand your reading to newspapers and magazines. Also shows your ability to write articles, letters, reports, or stories
Listening (35 minutes) 4 sections – 25 questions 25% Shows your ability to understand what is being spoken in English on the television or radio 
Speaking (12 minutes) 3 sections 25% Shows your ability to make conversation fluently with the speaker

Exams Centers and Dates

Exams centers: to take the PET exam, you have to communicate with the British Council or one of Cambridge exam centers in your country of residence. There are over 2800 Cambridge approved exams centers in 130 countries.

When you call any of the exams centers you would need to explain to them that you would like to register for Cambridge English Exam and give them the name of the test (A2-Key, B1-preliminary, B2 First and C1-Advanced), also please make sure you ask them about the test fees and make sure you complete your application and payment for the test you want to take with them. Cambridge English tests are available almost in monthly basis across the year. For more information on the test centres certified by Cambridge click here.

Exam Important Information

Before applying to sit for the formal test by Cambridge, please note the following:
1- Your enrollment with OBA School in this course does not mean you must take the formal Cambridge exam that is equivalent to it; it is entirely optional, and the decision is up to you. Some students prefer to study higher English levels then sit for an advanced qualification test in English such as Cambridge C1-Advanced.  
2- All your registration process including communicating with the exams centers and fees are not included in your OBA School subscriptions fees.

About Cambridge Qualifications for the English Language

Cambridge Assessment English organisation is part of the University of Cambridge that helps millions of people around the world to learn English and prove their skills on Cambridge scale of competency to distinguish their English language ability on a single standard which helps universities, government and employers to identify applicants proficiency in using English.

Cambridge created one of the most important English language qualifications worldwide, which have become an international standard and reference to judge a person’s linguistic skills in English. Cambridge English tests are well known and trusted by international private and international institutions all over the world.

Names of exams and qualifications by Cambridge English Assessment:

The University of Cambridge offers the largest collection of qualifications and exams for the English language for students. They include:

  • IELTS, that in partnership with the British Council
  • Cambridge English Qualifications, that is solely by Cambridge. That includes:

1- N KET (New name from Cambridge: A2 Key)
2- PET (New name from Cambridge: B1 Preliminary)
3- FCE (New name from Cambridge: B2 First)
4- CAE (New name from Cambridge: C1 Advanced)
5- CPE (New name from Cambridge: C2 Proficiency)

Facts and figures from the board of examination of Cambridge English Assessment:

  • More than 5 million people around the world take Cambridge’s English tests each year.
  • Cambridge has over 2800 approved examination centers across 130 countries around the world.
  • The exams offered by Cambridge English Assessment institution is the longest experience and most known international standard in designing and awarding English quantifications. The examination board began its activities in 1913, giving it more than 100 years of experience.

For more information on the Cambridge qualifications please click here.

OBA School Tests and Assignments

With OBA you will have ongoing internal exams including end of chapter exams and self-mark assessments. These contain set of questions that are exam format which you would need to solve and submit for marking and feedback. Commitment to doing your internal exams with OBA is a key success as it will prepare you to a great extent for your formal exams as well as it will enable you and your tutor to measure your progress throughout the course. Please note that completing the course assignments will greatly increase your chances to achieve good marks. 
Moreover, all marks you will achieve throughout the course will be stored in your grade table on the eLearning platform so you may refer to it whenever needed. These internal exams are provided to you to evaluate your progress and performance in order to help you throughout your course to stay aware of your performance and identify any week area you have with the subject you’re studying and to prepare you for the final exam.
Please remember that any kind of internal exams you take with OBA School doesn’t count towards your final score. You will have one formal exam that will carry all your marks that you will see in your formal script and certificate that will be issued to you by the awarding body. This final exam is external i.e. you will sit for it in either of an approved examination center or the British Council.  

How Will You Learn?

Upon enrolment you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide that explains most of all what you would need to know, including a schedule with an adjustable schedule to match your targeted timetable at all stages of your study. 
Your main interface with OBA School will be our online platform, where all your course materials will be provided for you, where you will communicate with your tutors and other students at your course.
Our courses are available 24/7 so no matter where you live, you can learn with us! Our courses are just as real as the full-time courses at a traditional school premises. There is no paper pack sent to you to learn from, we believe it is not an effective way for a distance learning student, rather we provide you with the best way to learn from your home through online learning platform, where you will find all your materials that mainly include tutorial videos for all the curriculum and each lesson so you can watch your lessons and hear the explanation directly from the tutor rather than the old fashion study through only reading textbooks. We are sure that our teaching approach shall make you confident of what you will be learning since you will hear the explanation directly from the tutor of the subject, and where you will be able to repeat any video ultimate amount of times till you understand the lesson. 

We are taking distance education to the next level: video study, with just a click away from your finger. You will benefit from the following services:  
1- You will have all materials online.
2- Top quality tuition guaranteed. All tutorials are designed and provided to you by qualified teachers.
3- You have full control of all the tutorials videos of your course, rewind and replay as many times as you like.
4- You can work at your own pace
5- The content of the site will adapt to members requests and additional tutorials and examples will be added regularly
6- Interactive resources are used for almost all the subjects. These interactivities are several online software help students of all abilities in understanding difficult scientific concepts in that’s clear and interesting ways. These are provided for you for almost every lesson to make you understand the concept of each lesson with ease and fun. Interactive resources are proven to be one of the best education tools for learners. Watch a sample.
7- Animated simulations: These are stunning 3D animations, videos, imageries, voice-overs, texts and interactive activities to ensure effective learning for most of the topics. Superb for independent learning at home, it will deliver an engaging interactive learning experience for you as student, and on the top of that you will hear the simulation from a British presenter and you will have the opportunity to read what the presenter will be saying at the same time, so you will learn the difficult terminology over and over till you pick them up and feel confident in using it. Watch a sample. 
8- Lab and experiments for science-based courses: these resources include web-based learning activities for science subjects, especially biology and chemistry because these two are taught through investigations, and requires lab skills and techniques to master your understanding. Unlike other distance learning institutions, OBA brings to you the lab and experiments to make you practice the lab skills and feel as confidence as any full time student in physical school. These lab skills will allow you to explore concepts and skills through an interactive and dynamic set of resources that will help you increases your confidence in experimental biology and chemistry. Watch a sample.
9- Worksheets: that is lesson-based activity or challenging homework assignment.
10- Different type of tests, quizzes and assignments you will be doing throughout your course. The target of this is to assess your progress and understanding so you can identify your strengths and weakness, hence shall allow you to work on improving your weak areas so by the time you sit for your exam you will be well prepared and very confident.
11- Digital copy of the books (not applicable for all courses, some need to be purchased from local bookshops)
12- Student forum: You will have an access to the students’ forum which can be found in your course page, the place where you can interact with your tutor and colleagues by creating new topics for discussion.

We are so confident of the materials we offer. We believe that the learning and supporting we offer to our students is equivalent to the traditional real school services if not more!

What you will Benefit from OBA School

Our courses are just as real as the full-time courses at a traditional school premises. There will be no paper pack to send to you by OBA to learn from that is because we at OBA do not believe studying from books in your own can be an effective way to learn for a distance learning student, rather we provide you with one of the best ways to learn from home through our online eLearning platform where you will find all your materials that include tutorial videos covers all of the curriculum lesson by lesson so you can watch your lessons and hear the explanation directly from the tutors compared to the old fashion of distance learning via silent books.

As a student with OBA School, you will benefit from the following services and advantages: 

1- You will have all of the study materials 24/7 on our eLearning platform.
2- Every lesson from the curriculum is made available to you on a tutorial video format, you’ll have a full control, rewind and replay as many times as you like.
3- Ongoing internal exams and assignments similar to exams questions format. The goal of this is to continuously assess your progress and knowledge so you can identify your strong and week areas in the related course subject thus would allow you to work on improving your weak areas so by the time you sit for your exam you will be well prepared.
4- OBA will provide you with an adjustable study schedule in order for you to work at your own pace. Speeding up or slowing down by modifying your study schedule the way that suits you to meet up with your formal exam date accurately.
5- You will have access to the student forum: it is a place in your course page online where you can address any question related to the course and discuss it with your students colleagues and tutors for discussion. Such forum is proven to be very helpful and beneficial tools for the students.
6- The content of the site will adapt to students’ requests and additional tutorials and examples will be added regularly based on students’ feedback and arising needs.
7- Top quality tuition guaranteed. All tutorials are designed and provided to you by qualified teachers.
8- We are so confident of our learning materials and we believe that the learning and supporting we offer to our students is equivalent to the traditional full-time school services if not more!
9- You will be able to work without having to sacrifice your job to attend classes, since all the lessons are available to you at all times for you to be able to set your own study time. You don’t have to worry about leaving work early to head to class or coming home late from class. Your study time is now your own to decide and can be from the comfort of your own home!

We are very confident of our teaching materials that we offer to our students and we know that in many cases the quality and support we provide equate and exceed in sometimes what is presented in traditional full-time educational institutions.

Support and Communication

Right from the onset of your subscription you will be assigned a personal tutor who will support you throughout your course and be of reach in different to answer your queries you might have. 
You will get full tutor support via several ways including the frequent virtual classes, emails, your course forum and chatting box, Skype or different type of chatting programs or phone calls. You will be given guidance in your study guide booklet on how approach any departments during your enrollment.

What I Will Need to Study

You will need a good internet connection, computer, study desk, chair, stationary and the notebooks and most importantly you would need to create enough time to study your courses with approximately 6 to 10 hours a week.

Enrollment and Payment Options

You can enrol online by making the following steps:  
Step One: you will need to go to OBA’s website to the page of the course you would like to enrol in and locate the section named “Enrol Now”.
Step Two: Once you have selected your payment option to enrol, you will be redirected to our PayPal payment page for you to select your payment method. You will then be asked to select whether you are a new or returning student. If you are a new student, you will be asked to fill out an enrolment form online. That would take less than ten minutes and is done only once. If you would like to enrol in another course in the future, you will not need to fill another form. Instead, you will select the “returning student” option which will take you directly to the payment page since the system now recognises you.
Step Three: Once your payment is successful, you will instantly receive a confirmation email with your account details in addition to the “Study Guide” for your course.
Step four: Within 7 days (normally 48 hrs) a dedicated tutor will get in touch with you to introduce herself/ himself and initiate communication.

Alternatively, if you prefer to pay your course fees using a bank transfer, then you can go to the online application page on our website by clicking here. Fill it out and submit it online. Within 2 business days, a member of our team will get in touch with you to provide you with the necessary steps and with OBA’s bank account. Once we receive the course fees through the bank transfer, we will email you your enrolment confirmation with your account details for direct entry to the courses you enrolled in as well as the “Study Guide”. Shortly after that, a dedicated tutor will get in touch with you to introduce herself/himself to you and provide you with guidance and any support needed throughout your course.

Our promise to you

Because at OBA School we want each and every one of our students to succeed in their studies, we make you this promise: if for any reason you should fail your formal external examination with Cambridge English Assessment after you have completed your course and successfully done all your internal exams and after you have attended at least 80% of the course’s virtual live classes with us, we will provide you with an extension to your course and support at no extra charge until the next available examination comes up.

What your Course Fees Covers

1-Two months of enrolment with access to OBA School’s online eLearning platform where you find your course materials and resources.
2-Weekly scheduled live virtual classes to practice speaking English and exercises
3-Support and guidance throughout the course
4-An adjustable study schedule program
5-Follow-ups on your progress with your internal exams including marking and feedback
6-Access to the student forum of each respective course you are enrolled in
7-And more

That's it! Thank you and we wish you all the best of luck with your studies!