CSL Students classroom 9

Levels

Check Your English Language Level

We offer a full range of levels at CSL from Beginner to Advanced. Our levels are linked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and are as follows:

  • Beginner (A1) *
  • Elementary (A2)
  • Pre-Intermediate (A2)
  • Intermediate (B1)
  • Upper-Intermediate (B2)
  • Advanced (C1)

We also offer Proficiency (C2) if there is sufficient demand. If you are interested in a course at Upper Advanced / Proficiency (C2) level, please contact us. 

Beginner

You have no previous knowledge of the language.

CEFR level:
A1 / Breakthrough
Cambridge Exams:
Not applicable
IELTS:
Not applicable

'Can do' statements

You have completed the Beginner stage if you...

  • Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases covering various topics
  • 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
  • Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help

Elementary - Pre-Intermediate

Basic communication is possible with assistance and you understand simple sentences slowly and clearly. 

CEFR level: 
A2-B1 / Waystage
Cambridge Exams:

KET

Key English Test

IELTS:
3

'Can do' statements

You have completed the Elementary / Pre-Intermediate stages if you ...

  • Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to various subjects (for example, very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment etc.)
  • Can communicate in simple and routine tasks and can exchange information on familiar and routine matters
  • Can describe in simple terms aspects of your background/life, your environment and needs

Intermediate

You can make effective and independent use of the language in familiar situations, although there are still problems in communication. 

CEFR level: B1 / Threshold
Cambridge Exams:

PET

Preliminary English Test

IELTS: 4

'Can do' statements

You have completed the Intermediate stage if you...

  • Can understand the main points of familiar matters encountered in work, school, leisure etc.
  • Can deal with most situations where you live or where you travel
  • Can produce simple text in topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and add explanations, opinions and plans.

Upper-Intermediate

Your use of language is consistent and usually correct, but problems in fluency and accuracy still occur.

 CEFR Level: B2 / Vantage

 Cambridge Exams:

FCE

First Certificate in English

 IELTS: 5

'Can do' statements

You have completed the Upper-Intermediate stage if you ...

  • Can understand abstract and concrete language forms, including technical discussions in your chosen academic or work field
  • Can interact with a degree of competence and confidence with native speakers 
  • Can produce well-written text on a wide range of subjects and explain your viewpoint on topical issues 

Advanced

You have a good command of the language. It is fluent, accurate and well-organised with only a few uncertainties in complex situations.   

CEFR level:
C1 / Effective Proficiency
Cambridge Exams:

CAE

Certificate in Advanced English

IELTS:

6

7

'Can do' statements

You have completed the Advanced stage if you ... 

  • Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts and recognize both explicit and implicit meaning
  • Can express yourself fluently and immediately
  • Can be confident in social, academic and professional situations
  • Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects 

Proficiency

You have an excellent command of the language and can tackle the most difficult tasks.

CEFR level:
C2 / Mastery
Cambridge Exams:

CPE


Certificate of Proficiency in English

IELTS: 
 8

'Can do' statements

You have completed the Proficiency stage if you ... 

  • Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read
  • Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, and can present arguments 
  • Can express yourself immediately, very fluently and precisely.
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