level descriptions for our courses

We offer the following levels:

Discovery level: you have never studied the language and are a complete beginner.
At the end of this course (30 hours over 2 sessions) you will be able to greet people and say goodbye formally and informally; introduce yourself; say where you come from, what your job is; talk briefly about your family and your interests; count at least up to 100 (possibly up to 1,000); order a meal; say what you like or dislike; and have a basic idea of the grammar. You will be able to record your progress on the European language passport if you wish.
Languages with a different script/ alphabet : once you are introduced to the new script/alphabet, you will cover a number of the above topics.

Summer short courses will focus more on holiday language.
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Explorer level: (for beginners) for those who know a bit of the language, perhaps have studied it at school a long time ago, or just want to refresh their knowledge.
At the end of this course (30 hours over 2 sessions) you will be able to greet people and say goodbye formally and informally; introduce yourself; say where you come from, what your job is; talk briefly about your family and your interests; count at least up to 100 (possibly up to 1,000); order a meal; book a table at a restaurant; buy bus/theatre/opera/cinema tickets; get around in a city; say what you like or dislike; and have a basic grasp of the grammar.You will be working towards reaching level A1 of the European Language Passport.
Languages with a different script/ alphabet : once you are able to cope with the new script/alphabet, you will cover a number of the above topics.

Navigator level: (pre-intermediate)
You are a basic or very limited user of the language.

At the end of this course (30 hours over 2 sessions) in addition to the skills at the beginner level you will be able to deal with larger numbers (eg 2007; 150,000); shop for clothing, other goods and souvenirs, or at a market; use past and future tenses, recognise (and possibly use) conditional sentences; express/defend your opinion, contradict someone if necessary; talk for a few minutes about your hobbies, interests and favourite sports as well as answer questions about them; talk about a holiday you have had; use the telephone for simple tasks, take a message; and have a wider knowledge of grammar. You will be able to record your progress on the European language passport if you wish and work towards achieving level A2.
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Endeavour level (Intermediate)
You may have a Higher or A level, maybe from a while ago, or you have spent time studying or staying in the country. You are able to communicate in short conversations on familiar topics and understand short simple text. You could you go shopping for clothes and ask for and describe what you want (colour, size, bigger, smaller, etc.) You will be able to record your progress on the European language passport if you wish and work towards levels A2 or even B1.
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Advanced
All of the above in more detail or at a higher level of complexity, plus this course will cover the trickier areas of grammar such as the subjunctive and different verb aspects and moods as appropriate. You will be able to conduct a conversation with a native speaker at a fairly high level, including topics of current political relevance in the country of interest; understand much (most?) of what is being said in news in the media (print, TV, radio and internet); read newspaper and magazine articles without using a dictionary too often; write a high-level letter either using formal or informal language; and not be too out of your depth if you were in the country on your own (eg for a short-term work contract). The advanced course should not be considered a one-off session of learning which is completed at the end of the year, but as an activity to deepen and broaden your knowledge of the language and culture of your chosen country on an ongoing basis. As a result, you could take this course three years in a row, and learn lots of new things every time without feeling you were simply going over facts you already know. You will be able to record your progress on the European language passport if you wish and work towards achieving B2 or even C1.
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Challenger level: Are you almost fluent in the language and would like to practise in order to maintain your fluency?
You have no difficulty in understanding any kind of spoken language, whether live or broadcast, even when delivered at fast native speed. You can write smoothly-flowing text in an appropriate style and properly organised. You wish to attain or maintain level C2 of the European Language framework level.


In addition to the above courses, we are offering conversation meetings with our chitchat cafe at intermediate or advanced level where the emphasis will be on honing your speaking and comprehension skills without worrying about the written aspects of the language with as much interaction with native speakers as possible.

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