Choosing your level

The levels for the Evening Language Classes follow the guidelines set out by the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Read the descriptors to choose the most appropriate level according to the CEFR, and then select which course to attend.  If the level is too easy/difficult, the tutor will advise which class would be appropriate. 

N.B. Exit level depends on exposure to the target language outside the classroom, and on amount of independent study

Introduction to ...

Very little or no knowledge of the language.


A1 -  You already know some familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases. You can introduce yourself and can ask and answer questions about personal details, such as where you live and what your job is, and can order food and drink in a cafe. You are already familiar with numbers 1-20,  days of the week and telling the time. You can already recognise familiar words and very basic phrases when people speak slowly and clearly.


CEFR A2 You can already understand and communicate on familiar topics such as basic personal and family information, eating out, and some hobbies. You are familiar with numbers 1-100, and understand prices. You can catch the main point in short, clear, simple messages and announcements.

Intermediate Plus

CEFR B1-B2 You can already follow most conversations likely to arise whilst travelling (eating out, transport, hotels) and speak about topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life (e.g. family, hobbies, work, travel and some current events). You can already understand the gist of TV programmes on current affairs or topics of personal or professional interest when the delivery is relatively slow and clear.

About the Common European Framework

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment (CEFR) is exactly what its title says it is: a framework of reference. It was designed as a guide to language syllabuses and curriculum guidelines, the design of teaching and learning materials, and the assessment of foreign language proficiency.  The CEFR describes foreign language proficiency at six levels: A1 and A2, B1 and B2, C1 and C2. It also defines three ‘plus’ levels (A2+, B1+, B2+) to differentiate within levels.