What can learners at this level do?
Here is a general description. For a more detailed description, you can refer to the Common European Framework of Reference for languages: Learning, teaching & assessment
- Understand lectures on familiar topics
- Understand a lot/most of what is being said by native speakers (in standard English)
- Understand a lot/most of what is being said even in a noisy environment(in standard English)
- Can identify mood and tone
- Can follow most of what is said in lectures, talks or presentations
- Understand complex arguments on familiar topics
- Understand most of what they hear on news programmes
- Understand the majority of films (in standard dialects)
- Read articles and reports on contemporary topics
- Can understand particular viewpoints or attitudes
- Can understand contemporary literary prose
- Guess the meaning of unknown words from their context
- Scan long and complicated texts to find relevant details
- Understand news, articles and reports connected to topics they are interested in or connected to their job.
- Understand reviews and summarise the main points
- Understand the plot in a narrative
- Can interact quite fluently and spontaneously
- Able to interact with native speakers
- Can participate in discussions on familiar topics and put forward point of view
- Can explain a viewpoint
- Can describe in detail a wide range of subjects connected to topics they are familiar with or interested in
- Keep a conversation going
- Agree and disagree politely
- Make, refuse and accept offers politely
- Express levels of surprise
- Participate in discussions and give responses/ react to ideas
- Interrupt people politely
- Apologise politely and respond to apologies
- Deal with problems on the phone
- Make suggestions and respond appropriately
- Can write on a wide range of subjects related to their interests
- Can write an essay giving reasons and supporting ideas
- Can write detailed letters
- Write detailed texts on subjects of interest
- Express views on current affairs in writing
- Write a review
- Take notes in lectures on familiar topics
- Write about events in a detailed and easy-to-read way
|Grammar||Example Learner Outcome|
|· Uses of auxiliaries||Can ask and answer detailed questions about the past and present|
|· Review of language systems|
|· Present and past habits, repeated actions and states||Can talk about the frequency of present and past habits and states|
|· Be used to, get used to||Can talk about adapting to unfamiliar/new/ difficult situations|
|· Second conditional and alternatives to ‘if’||Can talk in detail about imaginary situations in the present and future|
|· Third conditional||Can talk in detail about imaginary situations in the past|
|· Narrative verb forms, past perfect continuous||Can describe past events in detail|
|· Defining, non-defining and reduced relative clauses||Can use relative clauses to describe people, things, places etc|
|· Ways of comparing||Can compare two or more people or things in different ways|
|· Future verb forms, future continuous||Can talk in detail about different aspects of the future|
|· Uses of verb+ing||Can recognise different uses of verb-ing|
|· Modal verbs- levels of certainty about the future||Can express levels of certainty about future events|
|· Simple and continuous aspects; State & activity verbs|
|· Present perfect simple and Present perfect continuous||Can express in detail how things in the past connect to the present|
|· Wishes- I hope & It’s time||Can express wishes and hopes about the present and future|
|· Wishes- should have||Can express wishes and regrets about the past|
|· The passive|
|· As, like, such as, so, such||Can say things that are similar|
|· Have/get something done, get someone to do something, do something yourself||Can talk about things other people do for me and things I do myself|
|· Quantifiers||Can talk about the quantity of things|
|· Describing future events, Future perfect||Can talk about things that will be in progress in the future and completed in the future|
|· Reported speech||Can report what people have said or asked|
|· Modal verbs- deduction in the present and past||Can make deductions about the past and the present|
|· Modal verbs- past forms and related verbs||Can make deductions about the past|
Sorry to bother you, but have you got a minute?
Is this a good time?
Can I have a word?
I was wondering if I could see you for a moment.
Sorry, this isn’t a good time.
I’m afraid I’m a bit tied up at the moment.
I’m rather pushed for time right now.
I’m really rather busy right now.
Problems on the phone
There’s a bit of a delay on the line.
Sorry, you’re breaking up a bit.
I didn’t catch all of that.
Sorry, it’s a bad line.
I keep losing you.
Can you speak up a bit?
Sorry, we got cut off.
I think my phone’s about to die.
I’m really sorry, I’m afraid……
I’m sorry about……
I didn’t realise…
I had no idea….
I didn’t mean to….
Don’t worry about it.
It doesn’t matter.
No need to apologise.
Suggestions and responses
Are you doing anything on Saturday?
What are you up to this weekend?
I thought we could give…….a try.
I wouldn’t mind……
Do you fancy…..?
Sorry, I don’t feel up to….
Some other time, perhaps.
I’m easy. Whatever you like.
I’m not bothered either way.
The thing I love about…..is….
One thing I hate about ….is….
The thing that amazes me about ….is….
What worries me about …..is….