Teachers, Levels & progression
Teachers

Levels & progression

Levels & progression

ESL - Levels
The graph below shows the average number of study weeks necessary to obtain the desired level. Please note that this guide is approximate and your progress will depend on a number of factors including your commitment to practicing the language outside of class, how much you converse with locals, as well as your natural aptitude for languages.
1

Beginner level

In theory, the student has no knowledge of the target language. There are two types of beginners:

  • Absolute beginners, who have had no previous contact at all with the language in question.
  • False beginners, who have studied the language in the past or have been exposed to it passively. 

2

Elementary level (A1*)

The student can interact in a very simple fashion and produces incomplete sentences, lacking real grammatical content. He/she understands basic instructions and phrases used in specific contexts.

3

Upper-elementary level (A2*)

The student is able to exchange simple information by using vocabulary that is normally taught in school. He/she can write basic sentences and understands expressions related to relevant topics.

4

Lower-intermediate level (A2-B1*)

The student is able to read and write very simple texts and can successfully hold a basic conversation about matters that are of personal interest or familiar. He/she gets the general message of what is being said, but normally has difficulties understanding the nuances of the message.

5

Intermediate level (B1-B2*)

The student can interact quite spontaneously, but often struggles with vocabulary and grammar. He/she is able to understand the main points of a complex text.

6

Upper-intermediate level (B2*)

The student is able to interact fluently with native speakers. Despite making some grammar and spelling mistakes, he/she can communicate effectively and understands everyday language. His/her level is high enough to use in professional contexts.

7

Advanced level (C1*)

The student can produce an elaborate discourse and successfully communicate in professional, academic and social contexts. He/she understands practically everything, including idioms.

8

Proficiency level (C2*)

The student masters the language in question perfectly and can understand practically anything. In fact, his/her command of the language and grammar knowledge is often higher than that of a native speaker. To reach this level, the student usually needs to spend an extended period of time abroad.

*Common European Framework of Reference for Languages