Our course levels are based on internationally recognized systems, so you have a universally accepted reference for your studies. We recommend at least 100-200 hours of study to adequately cover each CEFR / ACTFL level. This represents a mix of guided study and self-study in the form of homework and other revision / practice. The number of hours of face-to-face time necessary to progress varies significantly depending on a number of important factors such as; the amount of time you are able to dedicate to self-study, whether you are learning the language in the country it is spoken, whether you have the opportunity to practise the langugae you are learning on a daily basis.
The guideline given is reflected in our course structure, which is designed to give you a solid foundation in the language whilst providing you with enough time to cover each level sufficiently. The structure is of course flexible and adaptable, depending on your prior language skills, individual preferences and goals.
|CEFR*/ ACTFL** Reference
|CEFR* Level Names
|ACTFL** Level Names
|Upper Intermediate 1
Upper Intermediate 2
Upper Intermediate 3
Test score: 0-9
At the end of Beginner (A1):
Test score: 10-19
You can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. You can introduce yourself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where you live, people you know and things you have. You can interact in a simple way, provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
At the end of Elementary (A2):
Test score: 20-29
You can 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). You can communicate in simple and routine tasks, requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. You can describe, in simple terms, aspects of your background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
At the end of Intermediate (B1):
Test score: 30-35
You can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. You can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. You can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. You can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions, and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
At the end of Upper Intermediate (B2):
Test score: 36-39
You can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in your field of specialisation. You can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible, without strain for either party. You can 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.
At the end of Advanced (C1):
Test score: 40
You can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. You can express yourself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. You can use the language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. You can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
At the end of Proficient (C2):
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