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.

> Weekly classes, including Weekly Oxford Worldwide (WOW)

> Intensive language weekends

Weekly classes

The duration of all these language classes is two terms (20 weeks). 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

*Please note: for the 2021-22 academic year, weekly language classes will be offered at Levels 1-3 only.*

Level 1: Beginners

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.

Level 2: Lower Intermediate

An interactive course that further develops the participants’ language skills and understanding of the culture, society and daily life in the countries where the language is spoken. To benefit from the course, students will have done one of the following: completed level 1 or equivalent; gained a GCSE (Grade B) in the language; achieved level A1+ of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages in the relevant language.

Level 3: Intermediate

This communicative course develops the learners’ oral and written proficiency in most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in a country where the language is spoken. To benefit from the course, students will have done one of the following: completed level 2 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.

Level 4: Upper Intermediate

A communicative course that develops the learners’ oral and written proficiency in the language in a wider range of situations and with a degree of fluency. To benefit from the course, students will have done one of the following: completed level 3 or equivalent; gained an AS in the language; achieved level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) in the language.

Level 5: Advanced

A communicative course that allows participants to develop their proficiency in the language to a level where they can interact with native speakers with a degree of fluency and spontaneity. To benefit from the course, students will have done one of the following: completed level 4 or equivalent; gained an A-level in the language; achieved level B1+/B2- of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) in the language.

Level 6: Proficient

A communicative course that allows participants to express themselves flexibly and effectively in the language for social and professional purposes. To benefit from the course, students will have either completed level 5 (or equivalent) or have achieved level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages in the language.

Lower Intermediate Conversation

A conversation class focusing on developing the participants’ listening and speaking skills as well as fluency and accuracy in familiar situations which are of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life, e.g. family, local area, daily routine, educational background, hobbies and work/employment. The course is equivalent to level A2/A2+ of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. To benefit from the course, students will have done one of the following: studied the language for 2 years, or gained a GCSE (Grade A/A*) in the language.

Intermediate Conversation

This course develops the participants’ conversational skills in a range of familiar situations relating to work, study, leisure or whilst travelling abroad. To benefit from the course, students will have done one of the following: studied the language for 3 years, gained an AS or achieved B1 level of the Common European Framework of References for Languages in the language.

Upper Intermediate Conversation

A course that develops conversational skills in a wider range of familiar situations to enable interaction with a degree of fluency and spontaneity. To benefit from the course, students will have done one of the following: studied the language for approximately 4 years or gained an A Level in the language.

Advanced Conversation

This course is for consolidating oral fluency, idiom and register to enable participants to interact flexibly and effectively in a wide range of situations. To benefit from the course, students will have done one of the following: studied the language for 4 years or more, gained an A Level in the Language or achieved level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages in the language.

Intensive language weekends

Learn a language over nine hours of fun and interactive teaching in small group classes.

Please contact the Day and Weekend Events team if you need advice relating to levels. Email: ppdayweek@conted.ox.ac.uk

Beginners   

No previous knowledge required.

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   

Our Lower Intermediate course is for those who have, or are near, GCSE level/A2 level 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. Students are able to cope confidently with everyday situations and understand very short simple texts such as advertisements, menus and personal letters. On this course, we will consolidate tenses such as: present, past and future and expand vocabulary related to social/everyday situations.

Intermediate              

Aimed at those who have completed a course near or at AS/B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (i.e. post-GCSE). This group, being fairly conversant with a variety of grammar structures and vocabulary, will be able to participate in conversations relating to personal interests or pertinent to everyday life, e.g. work, hobbies, travel, current events and health. Students are confident in providing descriptions, giving brief reasons for opinions and plans, and coping with a range of social situations. You can expect to consolidate verb forms such as past, conditional and present subjunctive and use a wider range of vocabulary.

Upper Intermediate  

Students' level should be near or at A level/B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. They can use fairly correctly a more complex range of language to express and defend viewpoints in discussion. They can also understand TV news and programmes in standard language, interact with some fluency and spontaneity in familiar situations, and demonstrate  a well-developed lexical repertoire to understand extended speech and lines of argument. At this level, you can expect to consolidate verb forms such as the past conditional and subjunctive and be able to use some abstract vocabulary as well as some stock expressions and idiomatic expressions.

Advanced  

Students joining this level are fairly fluent and confident (though not perfect!) in written and spoken language, with good listening and reading comprehension skills (roughly C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). They are able to follow most of a news broadcast, for example, and discuss topical issues using a good range of sophisticated grammar structures, lexical repertoire, registers and idiomatic expressions.

Advanced Plus

Students can interact fluently, spontaneously and flexibly in a wide range of social and professional situations (at approximately C2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference). They have a broad lexical repertoire, are familiar with a wide range of complex syntactic structures, and appreciate different registers and subtle nuances of meaning. They can produce clear and elaborate arguments in discussing social, political and professional issues.