Description of English Language Course Levels

Levels of English competency listed below use the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

ALTE English Levels

 

This course is classified as level A1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Successful completion of this course is defined as follows.

Introductory or Discovery Level

A1 – Can take and pass on simple messages of a routine kind, such as ‘Friday meeting 10 a.m.’.  Can understand short reports or product descriptions on familiar matters, if these are expressed in simple language and the contents are predictable. Can write a simple routine request to a colleague, such as ‘Can I have 20X please?’


This course is classified as level A2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Successful completion of this course is defined as follows.

Intermediate or Survival

A2  – Can state simple requirements within own job area, such as ‘I want to order 25 of…’. Can understand most short reports or manuals of a predictable nature within his/her own area of expertise, provided enough time is given. Can write a short, comprehensible note of request to a colleague or a known contact in another company.


This course is classified as level B1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Successful completion of this course is defined as follows.

Threshold Level 

B1 – Can offer advice to clients within own job area on simple matters. Can understand the general meaning of non-routine letters and theoretical articles within own work area. Can make reasonably accurate notes at a meeting or seminar where the subject matter is familiar and predictable.


This course is classified as level B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Successful completion of this course is defined as follows.

Advanced or Independent

B2  – Can take and pass on most messages that are likely to require attention during a normal working day. Can understand most correspondence, reports and factual product literature he/she is likely to come across. Can deal with all routine requests for goods or services.


This course is classified as level C1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Successful completion of this course is defined as follows.

Autonomous Level

C1 – Can contribute effectively to meetings and seminars within own area of work and argue for or against a case. Can understand correspondence expressed in non-standard language. Can handle a wide range of routine and non- routine situations in which professional services are requested from colleagues or external contacts.


This course is classified as level C2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Successful completion of this course is defined as follows.

Proficient Level

C2 – Can advise on/handle complex delicate or contentious issues, such as legal or financial matters, to the extent that he/she has the necessary specialist knowledge. Can understand reports and articles likely to be encountered during his/her work, including complex ideas expressed in complex language. Can make full and accurate notes and continue to participate in a meeting or seminar.