Your level is dependent on your ability in a variety of areas including your grammar, speaking and fluency, listening, reading and writing and vocabulary.
This list below is not a complete list of all grammar points and topics in the English language. Instead, it is a rough guide to help you determine what your English ability is now, and what you need to continue to work on.
|Level||Grammar Targets||Speaking and Fluency Targets||Listening Targets||Reading/Writing Targets||Vocabulary and Topics|
|Introductory||-Student understands SVO word order, be verb, simple present, yes/no/or questions, negatives, adverbs of frequency||-Student uses single words or short phrases to express a logical idea.
-Can answer simple questions
-Words are understandable, some sounds are not clear
-Long pauses to search for the right words, fillers (um, ah, er)
|-Student understands general idea from short dialogue or text.||-Student understands and writes words and short and simple sentences.||-Student can match words in English with native language.
-Vocabulary for greetings, family members, numbers, names of cities and countries, daily activities, illness, colors, clothes, food, transportation, parts of the body, holidays
|Intermediate||– Students are familiar with verbs in present continuous, simple past, simple future (will/going to), basic conditionals, imperatives, wh-questions, possession, indirect and direct objects, more advanced modal verbs, linking verbs, quantifiers, comparatives, superlatives||-Student uses short sentences or multiple sentences to express logical idea
-Words are understandable, pronunciation is clearer, but stress and intonation may be off
|-Student understands more details from short dialogue or text.
-Can repeat general meaning of dialogue or text.
|-Student can write small paragraphs, text messages or emails
-Identify grammar and content from smaller texts
-Can identify order of events
-Can paraphrase a short text
|-Student can match simple English definition to English word
-Can begin to guess meaning of a word from context
-All vocabulary topics above in more depth, sports, leisure, technology, diet and health, nationality, occupation, nationalities, travel
|High Intermediate||-Students demonstrate ability to confidently use Verbs in present continuous, simple past, future simple (will/going to), conditionals, possession, indirect and direct objects, more advanced modal verbs, linking verbs, quantifiers, comparatives, superlatives
–Familiar with passive voice
|-Student can speak in complete sentences
-Intonation and stress are clear and usually correct, with some mistakes
-Pronunciation is clear and understandable
-Uses appropriate gestures
-Short pauses with fillers that do not interfere with listeners ability to understand speaker
|-Student understands general content and some details from real TV and radio excerpts.||-Student can write paragraphs to express opinion or write about themselves.
-Understands simple multi-paragraph texts.
|-Student can explain a word’s definition in English
-All vocabulary topics above in greater depth
-Phrasal verbs with understanding of different prepositions
-Past participles of irregular verbs
|Low Advanced||-Student can use passive voice in simple present and past tense, gerunds and infinitives, unreal conditionals, reported speech, adjective clauses, adverbial clauses, negative questions, tag questions,||-Student can carry on smooth conversation with some pauses and filler
-Occasional intonation and stress mistakes
-Pronunciation is clear and understandable
|-Student can understand the general meaning in more complex small talk, radio and TV excerpts
-Can identify most details in longer and more complex listening exercises with speakers in natural situations.
-Can communicate on the telephone with minimal error
|-Student can write multiple paragraphs on opinions and factual topics.
-Can write a short summary of a lower advanced multi-paragraph article or text without plagiarizing
-Can read and understand general information and some details in newspaper articles
|-Student can explain a word in English and find synonyms
-All topics above in more depth plus: banking, money, environmental issues, art, travel and tourism, emergency situations, education and university majors, space and exploration, technology
|Advanced+||-Student can speak with minimal grammar errors that do not affect ability to be understood
-Can easily function in English speaking environment, workplace or academic setting
|-Student speaks fluently with minimal pausing and fillers
-Correctly uses intonation and stress
-Pronunciation is very clear and understandable
|-Student can understand real TV, radio and podcasts
-Can understand audio despite different accents or interference such as static.
|-Student can write a longer text about a variety of topics
-Can write longer concise summary without plagiarizing.
-Uses reading strategies
-Understands complex sentence structures
|-Student has an extensive vocabulary for above topics and more
-Can correctly guess meanings of word from roots, prefixes and suffixes