Beginners' levels are A1, A2 and B1.

 

These are followed by level B1+, in which students revise, deepen and apply what they have learned in the beginners' courses.
Finally, levels B2, C1 and C2 are the advanced levels. (All levels from B1+ and higher last 10 weeks in the intensive course and 20 weeks in the semi-intensive courses.)

 

Below you will see a detailed description of the levels from B1 upwards, and a direct comparison with the Common European Framework of Reference. This demonstrates that, thanks to our intensive and efficient approach, the Bellingua levels from B1+ upwards are more advanced than those of the CEFR.


B1 – Bellingua definition

Reading:
You understand virtually everything about everyday subjects (e.g. leisure, work, school, sport, food and drink, health, literature, humour, past/future).

Speaking:
You can talk about everyday subjects (e.g. leisure, work, school, sport, food and drink, health, literature, humour, past/future) with a sound vocabulary and using a variety of simple sentence structures, expressions and sayings. You have also learnt:

  • to describe events
  • to formulate hypotheses (What would be / What would have happened if ...?)
  • to speculate about the future
  • to express opinions
  • to speak appropriately in everyday situations and respond to a conversation partner

Writing:
You are familiar with a wide variety of texts (e.g. letters of apology, newspaper articles, pic- ture stories, opinion pieces) and can formulate ideas and statements, and use appropriate expressions and simple idioms and sayings. You already use a range of different structures to make your text coherent and your style varied. 

Vocabulary:
You have a sound basic vocabulary covering everyday subjects (e.g. leisure, work, school, sport, food and drink, health, literature, humour, past/future), including simple idiomatic expressions. 


B1  – CEFR definition

Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly en- countered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst traveling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on to- pics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.


B1+ – Bellingua definition

Reading:
You understand the main content of complex texts on concrete topics. 

Speaking:
You can speak unprompted and in detail about everyday subjects, building on basic-level topics (e.g. family, school, work, leisure, fashion, films, music), and actively contribute to different speaking situations (e.g. discussions, expressions of opinion, debates, interviews). You can prepare a fluent, detailed speech on a set subject. 

Writing:
You are familiar with various types of text (e.g. formal/informal e-mails and letters, readers‘ letters, complaints) and can communicate important statements and information in writing. You are able to use the necessary expressions and more complex structures. 

Vocabulary:
You have an extensive vocabulary building on basic-level topics, including idiomatic phrases. 

B2 – CEFR definition, corresponds to level B1+ at Bellingua

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.


B2 – Bellingua definition

Reading:
You can understand a broad spectrum of challenging texts and implied meanings. 

Speaking:
You can talk fluently about a variety of social issues (e.g. media, jobs, mobility, healthy life- styles, consumer issues, the future, relationships, psychology), using a variety of more com- plex grammatical structures and a wide repertoire of idiomatic expressions. You are able to give a speech about concrete topics and express yourself with confidence and precision. 

Writing:
You are able to write more challenging types of text (e.g. reports, statements, job descrip- tions, application letters, complaints, personal descriptions), clearly express your own opi- nion and describe complex issues. You have a wide range of skills enabling you to write clear, coherent texts and use more complex grammatical structures. 

Vocabulary:
You have a broad, precise vocabulary and confidently use idiomatic phrases and expressions. 

C1 – CEFR definition, corresponds to level B2 at Bellingua

Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.

Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations. 


C1 – Bellingua definition

Reading:
You can understand detailed texts on abstract subjects (e.g. satire, psychology, art, globali- sation, finance).

Speaking:
You can speak accurately and fluently about concrete and abstract subjects and clearly for- mulate subtle differences in meaning.

Idioms are used with stylistic confidence. You are able to use the language efficiently and accurately in social, professional, educational and academic situations. 

Writing:
You are capable of writing different sorts of text using a high level of language and confi- dently use idioms and particular aspects of grammar. 

Vocabulary:
You have a wide-ranging, varied and subject-specific vocabulary, which you can use accura- tely according to the situation. 

C2  – CEFR definition, corresponds to level C1 at Bellingua

Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.

Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.