Language Study Levels

The Language Hub levels correspond to those given by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Each level corresponds to approximately one year of study, although some students may progress faster or slower.

Beginning students with no prior knowledge will be enrolled in Level A1, and can expect to reach a proficiency of Level A1 after approximately one year of study. Level A1 at the Language Hub is split into 3 sub-levels: Foundation, A1.1 and A1.2.

The language levels are as follows:

Level B2: 500-600 hours- 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.

Level: Description:
Level A1: 80-120 hours – 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.
Level A2: 180-200 hours – 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.
Level B1: 350-400 hours – Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. – Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken. – Can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest. – Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
Level C1: 700-800 hours – Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. – Can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. – Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. – Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
Level C2: 1000-1200 hours – 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 the most complex situations.

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