Modern Language Level Description
LANGUAGE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
Choose this stage if you have no knowledge of the language.
LEVEL 1: Choose this level if you can:
Understand by listening or reading a few familiar words and phrases.
Say and write short simple phrases such as stating your name and nationality.
Understand letters/symbols of the alphabet/sound system.
LEVEL 2: Choose this level if you can:
Understand by listening or reading a range of familiar spoken phrases (greetings, personal introduction etc.)
Answer simple questions and/or give basic information orally or in writing (e.g. personal details, nationality, job etc.)
LEVEL 3: Choose this level if you can:
Hold a simple conversation and ask and answer simple questions on a variety of everyday topics
(e.g. personal introduction, shopping, directions, time and numbers.)
Read and write sentences or a short passage on a variety of everyday topics (e.g. personal introduction, shopping, directions, time and numbers etc.)
Use present, basic past tenses and future.
LEVEL 4: Choose this level if you can:
Take part in a simple conversation on a variety of everyday topics.
Express your likes, dislikes and simple opinions.
Write and/or understand a piece of formal or informal writing (e.g. a short letter, note or summary.)
Accurately use a range of present, future and past tenses.
LEVEL 5: Choose this level if you can:
Understand the gist of a range of authentic conversations and produce a detailed oral or written summary of a given text.
Take part in a discussion, giving and justifying opinions and ideas.
Understand a wide range of authentic texts (e.g. press articles) and produce a summary or translation of a given text.
Use a wide range of grammar structures including conditional and subjunctive tenses, pronouns etc.)
LEVEL 6: Choose this level if you can:
Understand authentic passages of moderate length and complexity involving one or more speakers
(e.g. interviews, adverts, news broadcasts etc.)
Give a presentation on a theme and argue viewpoints with some degree of confidence.
Understand articles from the press or other authentic sources and produce a written summary covering the majority of points.
Confidently use a wide range of grammar structures including conditional and subjunctive tenses, pronouns, etc.
LEVEL 7: Choose this level if you can:
Understand authentic, long passages of some complexity and abstraction involving a number of speakers (e.g. interviews, adverts, news broadcast etc.)
Participate in authentic discourse deploying a very good range of generally accurate language and argue a viewpoint convincingly.
Understand authentic texts (e.g. articles from the press, literary extract etc.) and write extended texts using a wide range of grammar structures accurately.
LEVEL 8: Choose this level if you can:
Do everything in level 7 with confidence, accuracy and fluency.
Use and understand common idioms and colloquialisms.