Language Levels

Languages Levels

What are the different levels and how do they match the Common European Framework (CEFR)?

Below is the framework guide for our French, German, Italian and Spanish modules.  For guidance on our Japanese, Korean and Mandarin modules, please go to the bottom of the page.

Beginners - for those who have no previous study or knowledge of the language

Elementary - for those who have completed our beginners module or have some knowledge of the language perhaps from previous study (about 40-50 hours) or CEFR level A1

Lower intermediate - for those who have a GCSE or CEFR level A2 in the language

Upper intermediate - for those who have an AS or CEFR level B1 in the language

Advanced - for those who have an A2 or CEFR level B2 in the language

Further Advanced (French - FLTU2333) - for those who have near-native fluency or CEFR level B2/C1 in the language

You may also find this website helpful: http://gostudylink.net/en/support/levels

Please note that due to our 10 credit Beginner+ modules being half the content than our 20 credit modules, it is difficult to progress to the next level.  If you would like the option of progressing to higher levels over your time at the University, please consider the relevant 20 credit module or consult the module tutor regarding further options.

 

 

Prerequisites

Expected exit level/ competence based on CEFR

Beginner

 

 

 o   no prior knowledge or previous study

*if you already know some of the language, you are not a beginner and therefore cannot enrol on a beginners module

A1/A2

with possibly some competences at a borderline A2

Elementary

 

 

 

o   successful completion of LfA beginner module

o   CEFR A1

o   an agreed equivalent

A2/B1

equivalent of a good UK GCSE

Lower Intermediate

 

 

o   successful completion of LfA elementary module

o   GCSE grades A-C

o   CEFR A2 (on entry a student may have some competencies at B1)

o   agreed equivalents to any of these

 

B1

 

Upper Intermediate

 

 

o   successful completion of LfA lower intermediate module

o   AS level  grades A-C

o   CEFR B1

o   agreed equivalents to any of these

B2

Advanced

 

 

o   successful completion of LfA upper intermediate module

o   A level grades A-C

o   CEFR B1/B2

o   agreed equivalents to any of these                                                                                                                   

B2/C1

 

Advanced plus

 

 

 

o   successful completion of LfA advanced module

o   6-12 months in country

o   near-native fluency

o   CEFR B2/C1

C1/C2

 

What are the different levels and requirements for Japanese, Korean and Mandarin?

Beginners - for those who have no previous study or knowledge of the language. If you have studied a little of this language before, an assessment by the module tutor will be required.

Elementary -  for students who have completed our beginner module or have some knowledge of the language perhaps from previous study; about 40-50 taught hours/200 private study hours.

Lower intermediate - for students who have completed our elementary module or students who have a GCSE or equivalent and have studied the language for about 80-100 taught hours/400 private study hours.

 Elementary

Elementary - expected entry level competence

Japanese/Korean/Mandarin

Demonstrate some awareness of cultural and linguistic differences between the use of the target language and English.

Demonstrate an understanding of commonly used vocabulary & everyday expressions.

Demonstrate a basic knowledge of grammar such as sentence structure.

Extract accurately the key information from simple audio material.

Understand and make themselves understood by a sympathetic native speaker in specific contexts.

Produce short pieces of independent writing.

Handle short conversations in a familiar context.

Be able to ask and answer a range of simple questions and demonstrate knowledge of future and past tenses.

Japanese

Read and write hiragana, katakana and c.20-30 kanji. Have an awareness of character origin, form and different readings.

Korean

Be able to read Hanguel in a text without particularly understanding the content.  Be able to write a short paragraph (e.g. about yourself) in Hanguel.

Mandarin

Understand the rules of Chinese characters; Recognise some common Chinese words - see HSK level 1 (150 words).

Copy and write some basic characters accurately.

Lower intermediate

Lower intermediate - expected entry level competence Japanese/Korean/Mandarin

Demonstrate an understanding of commonly used instructions, vocabulary, requests and expressions.

Demonstrate some awareness of cultural and linguistic differences between the use of the target language and English.

Demonstrate knowledge of key areas of grammar, including continuous tenses and comparative and superlative forms.

Extract accurately the key information from audio material.

Read short texts.

Produce short pieces of independent writing.

Understand and make themselves understood by a sympathetic native speaker in specific contexts.

Demonstrate an understanding of more complex sentences and expressing degree.

Japanese

Read and write c.100-120 kanji and have an awareness of structure, form, radicals and rules of writing kanji. Be comfortable with hiragana and katakana. Demonstrate an understanding of a range of particles.

Korean

 

Be able to read any kind of provided text with some understanding. Be able to demonstrate an ability to form some complicated sentence structures by using a variety of vocabulary and grammar (e.g. two different endings [~/
~
]).

Mandarin

Recognise c300 Chinese words - see HSK level 2; write a good number of common words in characters confidently and accurately.