Knowledge of English language is undoubtedly important for a modern person. The reasons of starting to learn the language (no matter how it is done – by visiting lessons, on one’s own or by skype) may vary: it can be work, study, travelling or just to widen own horizons. The ability to understand others and express own ideas in English in fact gives people new opportunities and expands the sphere of communication and activities.
Those who want to improve their English skills, should remember how important it is to define their level correctly before starting the study. It will help to set reasonable goals, select appropriate training aids and estimate own capacities objectively.
There are several approaches to determining the level of English (and any other foreign language). The most famous and applicable one is the modern European classification (it was developed in 1991 at an international symposium in Switzerland with the aim of achieving mutual understanding and facilitating the cooperation of foreign language teachers.)
|European classification of levels||Knowledge and skills at this level||International classification of levels|
|A1||A person understands and can use everyday expressions and common phrases. Can introduce oneself and others, understand and answer simple questions about familiar topics and things.||Elementary|
|A2||A person understands and uses common expressions can simply speak about personal information, family, shop, local geography, work.||Pre-Intermediate|
|B1||A person understands the meaning of messages related to regular situations. Can be understood in most daily situations while traveling in the language spread zone. Can make up a simple text on a familiar topic.||Intermediate|
|B2||A person understands an idea of complex texts, including those of the professional field. Communication with native speakers is quite natural without huge efforts.||Upper-Intermediate|
|C1||A person understands a variety of huge complex texts, recognizing implicit information. Speech is fluent, flexible and effective for public, scientific and professional purposes.||Advanced|
|C2||A person understands almost everything that he/she hears and reads. He/she speaks fluently and is able to express various shades of meanings, even in the most difficult cases.||Proficiency|
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