Levels explained

Each of our levels is a 20-hour course you can take over 1 week, 5 weeks or 10 weeks

For additional information on our levels and how they correspond with the Common European Framework Reference (CEFR), hover your mouse over the graphic below. Find your level? Take our online test.
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At the end of Level 1 (CEF A1.1)

I am able to introduce myself and I can ask and give personal information (nationality, profession, telephone number, address, etc) I can describe my family and its members (their physical appearance and their character) I can also describe my town. I can buy something in a shop. In grammar, I can conjugate regular verbs in Present Tense, use the verbs “ser” and “estar” in different contexts, differentiate between “tú” y “usted”, identify the gender of nouns and adjectives, know the numbers from 0 to 1000 and understand question words (cómo, dónde, cuándo, etc).

 

At the end of Level 2 (CEF A1.2)

I can describe my house and my neighbourhood (location, characteristics and things they have) I can express my likes and dislikes. I can ask and answer about the weather, the time and seasons. I am able to talk about my daily routine. In grammar, I can conjugate all the Present Tense (regular, irregular, reflexive and stem-changing verbs), I know the conjugation of verb “gustar” and similar verbs, I understand quantifiers (muchos, pocos, bastantes, algunos, ningunos), and I can express frequency (siempre, nunca, a veces, etc).

 

At the end of Level 3 (CEF A1.3)

I can talk about my habits, activities in my free time and my job. I can express opinions, and agreement and disagreement. I am able to describe what I did yesterday. In grammar, I am confident using the Present Tense, and I know the conjugation of verbs in the Past Tense (Pretérito Indefinido). I know the difference between the verbs “saber” and “conocer”, and I can use some important prepositions (de, desde, hasta, a, por, en).

 

At the end of Level 4 (CEF A2.1)

I can express feelings and pain. I can have conversations in a supermarket and a restaurant, and I can explain health problems to the doctor. I am able to talk about personal experiences, what I have done recently and I know how to give excuses and apologise. In grammar, I understand the Past Tense of “Pretérito Perfecto”, and I know the difference between this Past Tense and the “Pretérito Indefinido”. I can use verbs to express obligation and wishes (querer/necesitar/tener que/hay que + Infinitivo).

 

At the end of Level 5 (CEF A2.2)

I am able to express what I am doing right now, to buy clothes and describe what people are wearing and to talk about trips and biographies of famous people. In grammar, I am confident using the Pretérito Indefinido (regular and irregular verbs), I know the Present Progressive (estar + gerundio), I can make comparisons (más… que / menos… que / tan… como) and I can give permission using the “Imperativo Afirmativo”. I am also able to identify the Direct Objects Pronouns (lo, la, los, las).

 

At the end of Level 6 (CEF A2.3)

I can have phone conversations and arrange a date. I can ask for information about transport (buying train, bus and plane tickets). I can express what I did last weekend and give opinions about those past events. I can describe objects talking about material, shape and colour. I am able to describe people and places in the past. In grammar, I can use “Imperativo Afirmativo” and “Pretérito Indefinido” (irregular verbs). I know the “Pretérito Imperfecto” to talk about habitual actions in the past. I understand the Pronouns such as Posesivos (mío, tuyo, suyo, etc), Objeto Directo (lo, la, los, las) and Objeto Indirecto (me, te, le, nos, os, les).

 

At the end of Level 7 (CEF B1)

I can express the duration of actions that started in the past and continue in the present (desde hace, desde que, etc). I can describe the situation where an event happened. I can tell stories in the past. I can talk about the future making predictions and expressing probability. In grammar I understand the difference between the two past tenses “Imperfecto” and “Indefinido”, and I know the “Imperfecto estar + gerundio”. I can conjugate verbs in “Futuro Simple”. I can use Relativos “que” and “quien” to describe people and I know reciprocal verbs such as “conocerse”, “caerse”, “darse” and “hacerse”.

 

At the end of Level 8 (CEF B1.2)

I can express wishes and plans. I can describe the character of a person. I can express different feelings such as fear, shame, happiness, affection, sadness, etc. I can talk about personal relationships (llevarse bien/mal/regular, caer bien/mal). In grammar, I know the “Pretérito Pluscuamperfecto” to describe a past action that occurred previous to another past action. I understand “Subjuntivo” to express wishes, hopes and plans in the future, and to express feelings (me da miedo que, me molesta que, me gusta que, etc) I also know verbs with prepositions such as “alegrarse de”, “estar harto de” or “tener ganas de”.  

 

At the end of Level 9 (CEF B1.3)

I can describe health problems and give suggestions and recommendations about them. I can talk about advantages and disadvantages of different topics such as living in a city or a village. I can take messages and pass the information to their recipients. I know vocabulary about technology and Internet. In grammar, I am able to use Subjunctive for giving recommendations and opinions. I know “Imperativo” (afirmattive and negative) I can conjugate verbs in Conditional to give advice (yo en tu lugar, comería/hablaría/iría…).

 

At the end of Level 10 (CEF B1.4)

I can tell stories and anecdotes using the four past tenses (Indefinido, Pretérito Perfecto, Imperfecto and Pluscuamperfecto). I can formulate hypothesis about the future and express probability. I know some Hispanic culture to help communication such as gestures and social customs. In grammar, I am confident when using all the past tenses. I know Future Simple and I can use Subjunctive to express probability in future. I know the difference between Indicative and Subjunctive to express certainty or doubt.

 

At the end of Level 11 (CEF B2.1)

I can talk about films (genres, plots, actors, film reviews, etc) I can discuss about the quality of life and change of habits in our society. I can try to convince someone and set conditions in order to do something. I can express wishes that are not very likely to happen. In grammar, I am confident using the Present Tense of Subjunctive. I can conjugate the “Pretérito Imperfecto de Subjuntivo” with Conditional (si tuviera vacaciones, viajaría a México) I can use some “perífrasis verbales” (ir/acabar + gerunido, dejar de + infinitivo, etc).

 

At the end of Level 12 (CEF B2.2)

I can debate about problems such as pollution, economic crisis, unemployment or immigration. I can talk in depth about ecology (its problems and suggestions to solve them) I am able to formulate hypothesis about the past. I can describe important moments in a person’s life and I can express feelings and the reason why I have those feelings. In grammar, I can use some expressions in Subjunctive and Indicative to express feelings and emotions (¡Qué pena que + Subj., ¡Con lo que + Indic., etc). I know “Pretérito Perfecto de Subjuntivo” (yo haya aprobado).

 

At the end of Level 13 (CEF B2.3)

I can write and comprehend advertisements and slogans in magazines and TV. I can understand news articles and debate about the importance of the media nowadays. I know some Spanish proverbs and colloquial expressions with the names of animals. I can transmit what someone has said. I can express my first impression about someone. In grammar, I know the Passive Voice. I can use the Imperative tense with Direct and Indirect Pronouns. I can use the Indirect Speech and I know how to form words with Prefixes (in-, des-, anti-) and Suffixes (-ez, -ción, -dad) I understand the prepositions “por” and “para”.

 

At the end of Level 14 (CEF B2.4)

I can express requirements and preferences when I am looking for a place to go on holidays. I can describe a place using colloquial expressions. I am able to write a letter of complaint. I can talk about important decisions in my life and I can express regret. In grammar, I know complex expressions with “ser” and “estar”. I can use I know “Pretérito Pluscuamperfecto de Subjuntivo” (yo hubiera o hubiese cantado) and “Condicional compuesto” (yo habría cantado). I know linking words of contrast (aunque, a pesar de…), and of condition (siempre que, salvo que…) I know how to use the pronoun “se” to express that an incident was involuntary.

We also offer C1 and C2 courses (levels 15-20)

These advanced and proficiency courses are for students who are able to speak with complete fluency.

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