Guide to Your Level

The following descriptions explain the course levels. If after reading this you feel that you still need some assistance deciding which level of course will best suit your language skill, please contact us.

Beginners 1

These courses are aimed at those who have never studied the language before.

All four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing are practised.

By the end of the year's course the students who attend regularly should be able to deal with basic everyday situations in the target language.

Beginners 1+

This refers to classes which have started during the year or have followed a short course and are suitable for students who have a rudimentary knowledge of the language.

All four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing are practised.

By the end of the year's course the students who attend regularly should be able to deal with basic everyday situations in the target language.

Beginners 2

These courses are aimed at those who have a basic knowledge of the language, have followed a course for a year or who have frequently visited the country.

All four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing are practised.

By the end of the year's course the students who attend regularly should be able to converse simply and accurately in the target language.

Intermediate 1

These courses are aimed at those who have had two year's recent tuition in the target language or at those who wish to refresh their knowledge after a long gap.

Basic skills are consolidated and extended, in particular speaking the target language.

By the end of the course students should have increased their knowledge of vocabulary and verb tenses to enable them to communicate on a wider range of topics.

Intermediate 2

These courses are designed for those who should by now have a good working knowledge of grammar of the target language. These courses would also normally suit post GCSE students.

Students will continue to practise all skills using a greater variety of materials.

Students are expected to have a good grasp of grammar and its usage and therefore should be able to hold a conversation competently in many different situations.

Advanced 1 and 2

These courses are designed for students who speak the target language reasonably fluently and have a thorough knowledge of the grammar of the target language.

Classes are conducted almost exclusively in the target language.

By the end of the year's course students should be able to speak and understand the language at a complex level.

Short introductory courses – Summer terms only

These fixed length courses provide a ‘toolkit’ of basic language skills for complete beginners, in time for a Summer holiday. By the end of the six week course students will have the language skills to cover everyday situations on holiday, such as finding directions, arranging travel, eating out, booking hotels and asking for information in the target language. These courses are aimed at those who have never studied the language before and provide good preparation for a full Beginners Class.