Level descriptors




Students at A1 level

Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can 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. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

Students at A2 level

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). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

Students at B1 level

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). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

Students at B2 level

Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. 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.

Students at Advanced Level

At this stage, students have a high level of proficiency. Can understand and use English in complex situations, both written and spoken. Can express himself/herself fluently and accurately.

Students at IELTS Preparation

If students are preparing for the IELTS exam, it’s important to focus on specific skills:

Language levels

In the General English courses, your level is measured by the CEFR scale. We will tell you your level when you first arrive, then you will go in the group that gives you the most challenge.

Although we try to keep all these levels running on the General English course, opening levels depend on how many students there are, so we cannot guarantee that all levels are available when you study with us. The IELTS courses are only available for B1+ learners.

Changing classes at the end of the first week

In your first week, you will have a meeting session with your teacher. If then you feel that your class is not the right level, you can ask your teacher if you can change your class. Your teacher will discuss this with the Director of Studies, and they will tell you the decision.

Changing classes when you complete a level

If you complete a level, you will take an end-of-course test. Your teacher will decide, together with the Director of Studies, if you can progress.