inlingua School of Languages
 

Levels & Outcomes


Courses are offered at 12 different levels of difficulty, from a Starter level to a very Advanced level.

Each level is benchmarked against the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and other international standards. Clearly defined learning outcomes are correlated to the objectives of each lesson. 


inlingua levels
inlingua levels benchmark

Learning Outcomes


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ELEMENTARY 1
For students who have already studied between 0 and 100 hrs of the language

Listening understanding

I can recognize familiar words and very basic phrases concerning myself, my family and immediate concrete surroundings when people speak slowly and clearly.

Reading understanding

I can understand familiar names, words and very simple sentences, for example on notices and posters or in catalogues.

Spoken interaction

I can interact in a simple way provided the other person is prepared to repeat or rephrase things at a slower rate of speech and help me formulate what I’m trying to say.

I can ask and answer simple questions in areas of immediate need or on very familiar topics.

Spoken production

I can use simple phrases and sentences to describe where I live and people I know.

Writing

I can write a short, simple postcard, for example sending holiday greetings.

I can fill in forms with personal details, for example entering my name, nationality and address on a hotel registration form.
ELEMENTARY 2
For students who have already studied between 100 and 200 hrs of the language

Listening understanding

I can understand phrases and the highest frequency vocabulary related to areas of most immediate personal relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local area, employment).

I can catch the main point in short, clear, simple messages and announcements.

Reading understanding

I can read very short, simple texts.

I can find specific, predictable information in simple everyday material such as advertisements, prospectuses, menus and timetables and I can understand short simple personal letters.

Spoken interaction

I can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar topics and activities.

I can handle very short social exchanges, even though I can’t usually understand enough to keep the conversation going myself.

Spoken production

I can use a series of phrases and sentences to describe in simple terms my family and other people, living conditions, my educational background and my present or most recent job.

Writing

I can write short, simple notes and messages relating to matters in areas of immediate needs.

I can write a very simple personal letter, for example thanking someone for something.
ELEMENTARY 3
For students who have already studied between 200 and 300 hrs of the language

Listening understanding

I can understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.

I can understand the main point of many radio or TV programs on current affairs or topics of personal or professional interest when the delivery is relatively slow and clear.

Reading understanding

I can understand texts that consist mainly of high frequency everyday or job-related language.

I can understand the description of events, feelings and wishes in personal letters.

Spoken interaction

I can deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling in an area where the language is spoken.

I can enter unprepared into conversation on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life (e.g. family, hobbies, work, travel and current events).

Spoken production

I can connect phrases in a simple way in order to describe experiences and events, my dreams, hopes and ambitions.

I can briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

I can narrate a story or relate the plot of a book or film and describe my reactions.

Writing

I can write simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.

I can write personal letters describing experiences and impressions.
ELEMENTARY 4
For students who have already studied between 300 and 400 hrs of the language

Listening understanding

I can understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.

I can understand the main point of many radio or TV programs on current affairs or topics of personal or professional interest when the delivery is relatively slow and clear.

Reading understanding

I can understand texts that consist mainly of high frequency everyday or job-related language.

I can understand the description of events, feelings and wishes in personal letters.

Spoken interaction

I can deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling in an area where the language is spoken.

I can enter unprepared into conversation on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life (e.g. family, hobbies, work, travel and current events).

Spoken production

I can connect phrases in a simple way in order to describe experiences and events, my dreams, hopes and ambitions.

I can briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

I can narrate a story or relate the plot of a book or film and describe my reactions.

Writing

I can write simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.

I can write personal letters describing experiences and impressions.
INTERMEDIATE 1
For students who have already studied between 400 and 500 hrs of the language

Listening understanding

I can understand most points of clear standard speech on matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.

I can understand most points of many radio or TV programs on current affairs or topics of personal or professional interest when the delivery is reasonably well-paced and clear.

Reading understanding

I can understand texts that consist of everyday or job-related language.

I can understand the description of events, feelings and wishes in personal letters.

Spoken interaction

I can deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling in an area where the language is spoken.

I can enter unprepared into conversation on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life (e.g. family, hobbies, work, travel and current events).

Spoken production

I can connect phrases in an accurate way in order to describe experiences and events, my dreams, hopes and ambitions.

I can effectively give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

I can explain a viewpoint on a familiar issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

I can narrate a story or relate the plot of a book or film and describe my reactions.

Writing

I can write connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.

I can write personal letters describing experiences and impressions.

I can write a simple essay or report passing on information or giving reasons in support of or against a particular point of view.
INTERMEDIATE 2
For students who have already studied between 500 and 600 hrs of the language

Listening understanding

I can understand most points of clear standard speech on matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.

I can understand most points of many radio or TV programs on current affairs or topics of personal or professional interest when the delivery is reasonably well-paced and clear.

Reading understanding

I can understand texts that consist of everyday or job-related language.

I can understand the description of events, feelings and wishes in personal letters.

Spoken interaction

I can deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling in an area where the language is spoken.

I can enter unprepared into conversation on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life (e.g. family, hobbies, work, travel and current events).

Spoken production

I can connect phrases in an accurate way in order to describe experiences and events, my dreams, hopes and ambitions.

I can effectively give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

I can explain a viewpoint on a familiar issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

I can narrate a story or relate the plot of a book or film and describe my reactions.

Writing

I can write connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.

I can write personal letters describing experiences and impressions.

I can write a simple essay or report passing on information or giving reasons in support of or against a particular point of view.
INTERMEDIATE 3
For students who have already studied between 600 and 700 hrs of the language

Listening understanding

I can understand extended speech and lectures and follow even complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar.

I can understand most TV news and current affairs programs.

I can understand the majority of films in standard dialect.

Reading understanding

I can read articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular attitudes or viewpoints.

I can understand contemporary literary prose.

Spoken interaction

I can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible.

I can take an active part in discussion in familiar contexts, accounting for and sustaining my views.

Spoken production

I can present clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects related to my field of interest.

I can explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

Writing

I can write clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects related to my interests.

I can write an essay or report, passing on information or giving reasons in support of or against a particular point of view.

I can write letters highlighting the personal significance of events and experiences.
INTERMEDIATE 4
For students who have already studied between 700 and 800 hrs of the language

Listening understanding

I can understand extended speech and lectures and follow even complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar.

I can understand most TV news and current affairs programs.

I can understand the majority of films in standard dialect.

Reading understanding

I can read articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular attitudes or viewpoints.

I can understand contemporary literary prose.

Spoken interaction

I can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible.

I can take an active part in discussion in familiar contexts, accounting for and sustaining my views.

Spoken production

I can present clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects related to my fi eld of interest.

I can explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

Writing

I can write clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects related to my interests.

I can write an essay or report, passing on information or giving reasons in support of or against a particular point of view.

I can write letters highlighting the personal significance of events and experiences.
ADVANCED 1
For students who have already studied between 800 and 900 hrs of the language

Listening understanding

I can understand extended speech even when it is not clearly structured and when relationships are only implied and not signaled explicitly.

I can understand television programs and films without too much effort.

Reading understanding

I can understand long and complex factual and literary texts, appreciating distinctions of style. 

I can understand specialized articles and longer technical instructions, even when they do not relate to my field.

Spoken interaction

I can express myself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.

I can use language flexibly and effectively for social and professional purposes.

I can formulate ideas and opinions with precision and relate my contribution skilfully to those of other speakers.

Spoken production

I can present clear, detailed descriptions of complex subjects integrating sub-themes, developing particular points and rounding off with an appropriate conclusion.

Writing

I can express myself in clear, well-structured text, expressing points of view at some length.

I can write about complex subjects in a letter, an essay or a report, underlining what I consider to be the salient issues.

I can select style appropriate to the reader in mind.
ADVANCED 2
For students who have already studied between 800 and 900 hrs of the language

Listening understanding

I can understand extended speech even when it is not clearly structured and when relationships are only implied and not signaled explicitly.

I can understand television programs and films without too much effort.

Reading understanding

I can understand long and complex factual and literary texts, appreciating distinctions of style. 

I can understand specialized articles and longer technical instructions, even when they do not relate to my field.

Spoken interaction

I can express myself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.

I can use language flexibly and effectively for social and professional purposes.

I can formulate ideas and opinions with precision and relate my contribution skilfully to those of other speakers.

Spoken production

I can present clear, detailed descriptions of complex subjects integrating sub-themes, developing particular points and rounding off with an appropriate conclusion.

Writing

I can express myself in clear, well-structured text, expressing points of view at some length.

I can write about complex subjects in a letter, an essay or a report, underlining what I consider to be the salient issues.

I can select style appropriate to the reader in mind.
ADVANCED 3
For students who have already studied between 900 and 1000 hrs of the language

Listening understanding

I can understand extended speech even when it is not clearly structured and when relationships are only implied.

I can follow spoken language even when delivered at fast native speed, provided I have some time to get familiar with the accent.

Reading understanding

I can understand long and complex factual and literary texts, specialized articles and longer technical instructions, even when they do not relate to my field.

I can read with reasonable ease literary works, including abstract, structurally or linguistically complex texts. 

Spoken interaction

I can express myself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.

I can use language flexibly and effectively for social and professional purposes and have a reasonably good familiarity with idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms.

I can formulate ideas and opinions with precision and convey finer shades of meaning effectively.

Spoken production

I can present clear, detailed descriptions of complex subjects integrating sub-themes, developing particular points with an appropriate logical structure which helps the recipient to notice and remember significant points.

Writing

I can write about complex subjects in a letter, an essay or a report, underlining what I consider to be the salient issues.

I can present a case with an effective logical structure which helps the recipient to notice and remember significant points.
ADVANCED 4
For students who have already studied between 1000 and 1100 hrs of the language

Listening understanding

I have no difficulty in understanding any kind of spoken language, whether live or broadcast, even when delivered at fast native speed, provided I have some time to get familiar with the accent.

Reading understanding

I can read with ease virtually all forms of the written language, including abstract, structurally or linguistically complex texts such as manuals, specialized articles and literary works. 

Spoken interaction

I can take part effortlessly in any conversation or discussion and have a good familiarity with idiomatic 
expressions and colloquialisms.

I can express myself fluently and convey finer shades of meaning precisely. If I do have a problem I can backtrack and restructure around the difficulty so smoothly that other people are hardly aware of it.

Spoken production

I can present a clear, smoothly-fl owing description or argument in a style appropriate to the context and with an effective logical structure which helps the recipient to notice and remember significant points.

Writing

I can write clear, smoothly-fl owing text in an appropriate style.

I can write complex letters, reports or articles which present a case with an effective logical structure which helps the recipient to notice and remember significant points. I can write summaries and reviews of professional or literary works.
Click here for the CEFR Table of Comparison.