Find your language level

 

The most popular languages are offered in 6 levels and most have at least 2 levels. The duration of all language levels below is two terms (i.e. 20 weeks). If you need advice in relation to levels, please contact us via email weeklyclasses@conted.ox.ac.uk or telephone: +44 (0)1865 280900

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.