Find your language level

Learn a language from scratch or brush up rusty skills

To help you decide which language level is right for you, levels for our weekly classes and intensive language weekends are detailed below.

Online weekly classes

Our online weekly languages classes combine pre-recorded lectures with live online meetings, where discussion and debate will take place between you and your fellow students and tutor over an 11-week term. The first meeting will provide an introduction to the online platform (Microsoft Teams), followed by ten classes of language learning.

Online weekly classes will be offered in the following languages in 2022-23:

Details of the levels available is outlined below. If you need advice in relation to levels, please contact the Weekly Classes team via email at weeklyclasses@conted.ox.ac.uk or telephone: +44 (0)1865 280900.

Beginners – Part 1

An interactive course that provides an introduction to the language and culture. It is for complete beginners as well as those who have learnt some expressions and phrases through travel or socialising.

Beginners – Part 2

A continuation course providing progression for students who completed our 'Beginners - Part 1' course in the language and new students who have studied it formally for one term. An interactive course for developing basic language skills and exploring the culture.

Lower Intermediate – Part 1 (Ancient Greek only)

An interactive course that develops students’ language skills in a range of simple everyday situations and understanding of the culture and society in the countries where the language is spoken. To benefit from the course, students will have done one of the following: completed Beginners - Part 2 or equivalent; gained a GCSE (Grade B or below) in the language; achieved level A1+ of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages in the language.

Lower Intermediate – Part 2 (Ancient Greek only)

A continuation course providing progression for students who completed Lower Intermediate - Part 1 in the language. For practising interactive skills in simple and routine everyday situations requiring straightforward descriptions and direct exchange of information on family and other people, living conditions, educational background and work. 

In-person weekly classes in Oxford

In-person weekly languages classes take place at Ewert House for two hours each week over a 10-week term. Weekly classes in Oxford will be offered in the following languages in 2022-23:

Course levels are listed below. Please note that not all languages are offered at all levels.

If you need advice in relation to levels, please contact the Weekly Classes team via email at weeklyclasses@conted.ox.ac.uk or telephone: +44 (0)1865 280900.

Beginners – Part 1

An interactive course that provides an introduction to the language and culture. It is for complete beginners as well as those who have learnt some expressions and phrases through travel or socialising.

Beginners – Part 2

A continuation course providing progression for students who completed our Beginners - Part 1 course in the language and new students who have studied it formally for one term. For developing basic language skills and exploring the culture.

Lower Intermediate – Part 1

An interactive course that develops students’ language skills in a range of simple everyday situations and understanding of the culture and society in the countries where the language is spoken. To benefit from the course, students will have done one of the following: completed Beginners - Part 2 or equivalent; gained a GCSE (Grade B or below) in the language; achieved level A1+ of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages in the language.

Lower Intermediate – Part 2

A continuation course providing progression for students who completed Lower Intermediate - Part 1 in the language. For practising interactive skills in simple and routine everyday situations requiring straightforward descriptions and direct exchange of information on family and other people, living conditions, educational background and work. 

Intermediate – Part 1

An intermediate level course for developing the learners’ proficiency to express themselves on familiar matters and deal with some situations likely to arise while travelling in a country where the language is spoken. To benefit from the course, students will have done one of the following: completed our Lower Intermediate - Part 2 course or equivalent; gained a GCSE (Grade A/A*) in the language; achieved level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages in the language.

Intermediate – Part 2

A continuation course offering progression for students who completed our Intermediate - Part 1 course. For consolidating proficiency in the language to express oneself with a degree of fluency and spontaneity in most situations regularly encountered at work, educational settings, leisure centres and while travelling in a country where the language is spoken.

Upper Intermediate – Part 1

To help learners develop the language required to interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity in a range of contexts on both concrete and abstract topics, accounting for and sustaining own views. To benefit from the course, students will have done one of the following: completed our Intermediate - Part 2 course or equivalent; gained an AS in the language; achieved level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) in the language.

Upper Intermediate – Part 2

A continuation course offering progression for students who completed our Upper Intermediate - Part 2 course. For developing the language required to interact effectively and explain viewpoints with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with speakers of the language without strain for either party.

Language weekends in Oxford

Learn a language or practise and consolidate your skills over nine hours of fun and interactive teaching in small group classes at Ewert House. Language weekends will be offered in the following languages in 2022-23:​

Levels available are listed below. Please contact the Day and Weekend Events team if you are unsure which level is best for you. Email: ppdayweek@conted.ox.ac.uk

Beginners   

No previous knowledge required.

An interactive course offering participants with no previous knowledge of the language an introduction to basic high frequency expressions, structures and stock patterns. The topics may include the sounds and letters of the language, simple greetings and social pleasantries, days of the week, basic directions, introducing oneself and others, and answering basic questions.

Post-Beginners

A weekend course for 'post-beginners'. Students will already know some of the basic structures but are still learning them. This group will practise coping with situations such as booking a room in a hotel, ordering in a restaurant, travel, and other similar social situations. At this level you can expect to consolidate simple verb tenses and basic vocabulary related to most common everyday situations.

Lower Intermediate   

A practice and consolidation course aimed at students who have, or are near, GCSE level/level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Students will have probably studied the language for approximately two years prior to the course, but are feeling rusty. At this level, the materials and class activities will focus on simple and routine interaction requiring direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters such as hobbies, education, work, immediate environment, and social life. We will consolidate the tenses such as the present, past and future and expand the lexical repertoire and structures relating to social and everyday situations.

Intermediate              

Aimed at students who have completed, or are near, AS Level/level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The course materials and class activities relate to familiar matters regularly encountered at work, leisure or public places and situations that are likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. The grammar structures and lexical repertoire will improve your confidence in providing descriptions, discussing plans, and giving reasons. You can expect to consolidate verb forms and use a range of functional everyday language.

Upper Intermediate  

To benefit from this practice and consolidation course, participants are expected to be near or at A Level/B2 Level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). They can understand TV news and programmes in standard language and interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes interaction with speakers of the language without strain for either party. We will consolidate some verb forms, such as the past conditional and the subjunctive mood and use abstract vocabulary as well as some stock expressions.

Advanced  

Participants will be fairly fluent and able to follow extended speech, live or broadcast, even when meaning is implied and not explicitly stated. A range of sophisticated grammar structures and lexical repertoire is required. At this level, the class activities are based on topics relating to the cultural, political, and social practices in contemporary societies where the language is spoken. We will practise some complex grammar structures, idiomatic expressions, and a wide range of lexical repertoire.

Advanced Plus

Participants are able to express themselves fluently, flexibly, and effectively, and they can produce clear and elaborate arguments (at approximately level C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). They have developed a broad repertoire and are familiar with a range of complex syntactic structures. The course materials and activities will explore political, cultural, historical, ethical or global issues facing contemporary societies. Participants will be encouraged to produce clear, cohesive, and well-structured speech. Attitudes and subtle nuances of meaning will be examined too.