English for Speakers of Other Languages

English for Speakers of Other Languages


 ESOL – Beginner level 
In principle, the student does not have any knowledge of the foreign language. However, a distinction should be made between two types of beginners:
– absolute beginners, who start from the beginning, with no previous notions or relation with the target language.
– false beginners, who have already been exposed to the language in a passive way, or have studied it a long time ago or to a limited extent.

 

ESOL – Elementary level (level A1*)
The student understands simple sentences, instructions and descriptions used in everyday life, but only uses isolated words and expressions, in incomplete sentences, without real grammatical content.

 

ESOL – Upper elementary level (level A1-A2*)
The student masters certain example sentences and knows how to write them, but can hardly understand everyday language. Responds with school language with simple turns of phrase.

 

ESOL – Lower intermediate level (level A2*)
The student understands the language with some difficulty, except in some precise situations. Can read simple texts. Although makes frequent mistakes, is capable of expressing him/herself in several sentences in a limited number of areas.

 

ESOL – Intermediate level (niveau A2-B1*)
The student often restarts sentences in order to be understood and does not yet master special turns of phrase. Grammar, accentuation and vocabulary sometimes have gaps. Good general understanding.

 

ESOL – Upper intermediate level (level B1*)

The student understands everyday language. In spite of some grammar and expression mistakes, is capable of expressing general ideas with nuances. Language knowledge is sufficient, operational, to use in the professional world.

 

ESOL– Advanced level (level B1-B2*)

The student masters the structure of the foreign language, both oral and written. He/she is capable of expressing him/herself confidently in various situations and of understanding the language spoken by natives. He/she is still recognised by the prudent use of the language, his/her expressions learned by heart or the absence of idiomatic expressions.

 

ESOL – Very advanced level (level C1*)

The student understands almost everything, including idiomatic expressions. In spite of occasional errors, he/she is close to mother tongue level, even in complex situations.

 

ESOL – Proficiency level (level C1-C2*)

Acquired without doubt following a long stay in immersion, the student masters the foreign language fluently and with precision. At a level sometimes superior to that of some native speakers, with perhaps less idiomatic expressions.

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