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What are the different levels of English?

What do the different levels of English mean ?

A very simple outline guide from the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages outlined below gives a brief idea of the communication skills at the various levels

Please note:

That the full lists of competences from governing bodies on language mentioned below run into many pages

  The Common European Framework on Languages

  The Association of English Language Testers Europe

  The Council of Europe

The outlines below are provided for quick reference purposes only

Beginner

Basic

Elementary

Breakthrough

A1

Pre-Intermediate

Independent User

A1 - A2

Intermediate

Independent User

 B1 – B2

Upper Intermediate Proficient User

B2 – C1

Advanced

Proficient User

C1 – C2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Users at the following levels can...

Advanced

 

Proficient user

C1 – C2

understand with ease virtually everything heard or read

 

summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation

 

express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations

Upper Intermediate

 

Proficient user

B2 – C1

understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning

 

express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions

 

use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes

 

produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices

Intermediate

 

Independent user

B1 – B2

understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization

 

interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party

 

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

 

Pre-Intermediate

 

Independent user

A1 - A2

understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.

 

deal with most situations likely to arise whilst traveling in an area where the language is spoken

 

produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest

 

describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans

Breakthrough

A1

understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment)

 

communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters

 

describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need

Beginner

Basic

understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type

 

introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he / she knows and things he / she has

 

interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help

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