|Ealing School of Languages - our levels
|Common European Language Framework
A language level has stages 1, 2 and 3, each comprising a minimum of 30 hours of (15 hours in class plus at least 15 additional hours as homework)
Beginners (A1 - Common European Language Framework)
For students with no prior knowledge of the language. Complete beginners
In this level you will learn how to introduce yourself and others, ask and answer questions about personal
details, talk about yourself, friends and family, and describe where you live and people you know. Other activities include asking about departure and arrival times for train, buses or planes, making
travel arrangements, booking a hotel room, and picking up and leaving simple telephone messages. You will also write short, simple messages, postcards, for example sending holiday greetings. You will
be able to fill in forms with personal details, for examples, entering your name, nationality and address on a hotel registration form. You will also understand short letters, notices, posters and
brief messages. The activities in class are taken from real-life situations.
Business for Beginners (A1 - Common European Language Framework)
Our business courses for beginners are designed to give you the skills and confidence that you will need to use
to communicate in a professional environment and interact with confidence when visiting French-speaking countries or dealing wtih French-speaking nationals.
Post-Beginners (A2 - Common European Language
For students who have done 1 year of study (approximately 90-120 hours)
In this level you will be able to deal with personal and family information, local geography,
employment, travel, holidays and shopping. You will be able to exchange information on familiar and routine matters: talking about living conditions, daily routine, your studies and job. You will
also practice making /changing/cancelling a booking for a trip, a room or a concert; writting simple e-mails/letters/memos; buying food / clothes; choosing/describing a holiday; ordering food at a
restaurant and many other interesting and useful activities. You will also deal with advertisements, prospectuses, menus and timetables and understand short simple personal
Lower Intermediate (B1 - Common European Language
For students who have done 2 years of study (approximately 180 - 240 learning hours)
At this level you will understand the main points of standard speech on family matters in work and leisure
environments and to be able to deal with common situations while travelling in the foreign country.You will listen and undertand main points of radio or TV news programmes on topics discussed
slowly and clearly. You will talk and write about events, feelings, wishes and personal interests (e.g. travel, family, hobbies, work). You will also describe experiences and events,
impressions, dreams, hopes, ambitions and briefly give reasons ad explanations for opinions and plans. You will narrate a story or relate the plot of a book or film. (An optional activity if it
is relevant for you will be to prepare a job application, including CV, cover letter and interview).
Higher Intermediate (B2 - Common European Language
For students who have done 3 years of study (approx. 270 - 360 learning hours)
In this level you will listen to speeches and understand more complex lines of arguments on topics that
are familiar. You will also listen and talk about TV news and current affairs programmes. You will read articles concerned with contemporary problems and present clear descriptions on a wide
range of subjects related to your interests. You will take part in discussions, accounting and sustaining your views and explaining the advantages and disadvantages of various options. Finally, you
will also write summaries, short essays passing on information, discussing a topic or giving reasons in support or against a particular point of view. You will also write letters highlighting the
personal significance of events and experiences.
Advanced (C1 - Common European Language Framework)
For students who have done 4 years of study (approx. 360-480 learning hours)
In this level you will read and write a wide range of demanding, longer texts. You will also listen and
discuss TV news and current affairs programmes and watch films. The main emphasis will be to develop your debating and conversational skills, articulating and expressing views fluently and using
language flexibly and effectively in social and professional situations. You will also write clear, well-structured, detailed texts in complex subjects, expressing points of view at
same length, for example, in a letter, an essay or a report. (An optional activity will be writting a report and making a presentation on a topic of interest).
Proficiency (C2 - Common European Language Framework)
For students who have done 5 years of study
(approx. 400-520 learning hours)
You should have A-level or equivalent before joining this
This course is appropriate for students who are already rather fluent
and wish to read and discuss a variety of topics, from current affairs to literature and cinema in Spanish.
In this level you will read all forms of the written language, including
abstract, structurally or linguistically complex texts. You will also listen and watch TV news, current affairs programmes and films, in order to develop further your understanding of any kind or
spoken language (register, accent, speed, idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms). You will develop further your debating and conversational skills in order to take part in any conversation or
discussion in social and professional situations, and express yourself fluently and convey finers shades of meaning precisely. You will also develop your writting skills by writing complex articles,
essays, as well as summaries, commentaries and reviews of professional or literary works (An optional activity will also be writing a report and making a
presentation on a topic of interest).
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