Language Levels: Moving from A2 to B1

When it comes to having language skills, each level displays how well you are able to use the language.

At an A2 level, it means that you should be able to communicate about common topics. These include topics which are about school, work, leisure time, restaurants, or hospitals.

The level that follows after A2 is B1. Let’s see how we can go about advancing to the next language level.

Let’s take a look into Susan’s life!

Susan is 28 years old, and she decided to use a language course to help her improve her language skills. Her main goal is to move from English level A2 to B1.

In order for this to happen, Susan had to analyse her current level to know her starting point. The important things that she needs to evaluate are her reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.

At a level of A2, Susan finds that she understands common vocabulary and expressions, along with clear dialogues. Furthermore, in situations that require simple explanations, introductions, messages, and announcements, she is more than capable.

When it comes to speaking, she can apply useful language for everyday communication. Also, if she finds herself in a conversation, she knows how to socialize, talk about where she is from, or talk about her job.

However, since her vocabulary is limited when she reads it is often challenging. This is because, at her current level, her understanding is limited to simple texts or grasping specific information in everyday material. Nevertheless, she is confident in reading short texts, emails, personal messages, notices, or signs.

As for writing, she finds it easy to send a simple text, note, or message. This also extends to everyday activities such as social media posts, forum posts, and updating her personal profile and emails.

Taking it to the next level

In order to move to the B1 level, Susan needs to build her vocabulary, while developing her communication skills through practice and study.

By joining a language course, Susan will be able to practice and complete activities so she can accelerate her knowledge and understanding of the language.

Listening practice will include activities to help her understand the main points of normal speech about everyday or job-related topics. These situations include phone calls, meetings, and interviews.

For speaking practice, she will focus on learning a useful language for everyday communication. Especially for situations such as receiving news, meeting face-to-face and asking a favour.

As for reading practice, she will try to understand texts with everyday or job-related language. These activities will include articles, travel guides, emails, adverts, and reviews.

Lastly, in order to improve her writing, Susan must focus on writing simple connected text. These should always be on familiar topics, especially those that are of personal interest- forum posts, reviews, messages, short essays, and emails.

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Reference

(n.d.). CEFR levels. Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved April 21, 2022, from https://www.eur.nl/en/education/language-training-centre/cefr-levels

 

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