All our courses are designed to follow the standard levels established by the Common European Framework of reference languages.
Level 1: Absolute Beginners and Beginners
You have no real knowledge of the Spanish language beyond the odd word or phrase gleaned from your holidays or films. This level builds a basic vocabulary and teaches you how to build basic sentence structures. The objective of any course at this level is to give you the confidence to have a go at conversing in Spanish. We have specific courses for those wanting the basics to go on holiday with a more detailed vocabulary.
Level 2: Elementary (A1 Common European Framework)
You are at this level if your can understand familiar, everyday expressions and very basic phrases. You can ask and answer questions regarding personal details such as where people live etc. You can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
Level 3: Pre – Intermediate (A2 Common European Framework)
You can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of immediate relevance ( e.g. basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography and employment). You can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. You can also describe in simple terms aspects of your background and immediate environment.
Level 4: Intermediate (B1 Common European Framework)
You are at this level if you can understand clear standard communications regarding common matters, and can cope in most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where Spanish is spoken. You can produce simple connected sentences on topics which are of personal interest. You can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes, ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
Level 5: Upper Intermediate (B2 Common European Framework)
At this level you can understand the main ideas presented in complex communications in both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in your field of specialization. You will be able to express yourself with reasonable accuracy and produce clear and detailed communications on a wide range of subjects. You are able to explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
Level 6: Advanced (C1 Common European Framework)
At this level you are able to understand a wide range of demanding, longer communications and recognize implicit meanings. You should be able to express yourself fluently and spontaneously using Spanish effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. You should be able to produce clear, well structured and detailed communications on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive language devices.
Level 7: Pre – Proficiency (C2 Common European Framework)
At this level your understanding is almost complete, whether orally communication or in writing. You should be able to summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts into a coherent presentation. You should be able to express yourself spontaneously and fluently with a high degree of accuracy.
Level 8: Proficiency (C2 Common European Framework)
At this level you can understand with ease virtually everything communicated, whether oral or written. You should be able to summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts into a coherent presentation. You should be able to express yourself spontaneously and fluently with a high degree of accuracy, differentiating fine shades of meaning even in more complex situations.