Levels of Spanish Language
Throughout the whole year, our school offers six levels of Spanish Language (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2). The levels of Spanish Language have been established in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment of the Council of Europe and expounded in the “Plan Curricular del Instituto Cervantes”.
The Colegio de España offers the possibility to determine your level of Spanish taking the placement test before arrival (click here) or on your first day of class.
The Level A1 of Spanish Language is aimed towards students who do not have any prior knowledge of the language. The aim of this level is for you to be able to interact in a simple way, answer questions about yourself, the place you live, the people you know and your possessions.
Furthermore, you will be able to construct simple statements about your immediate needs or daily issues. You will be able to introduce yourself and others, ask for and give basic personal information on your residence, your belongings and persons you know.
At the end of the Level A2 course, you will be able to interact in simple and usual situations of daily life (in shops, at the bank, etc.). You will be able to talk in simple terms about your past, your surroundings, as well as about topics related with your immediate needs.
You will be able to understand frequently used sentences and expressions related to areas which might be relevant to you (basic information on yourself and your family, shopping, interesting places, hobbies, etc.).
At the end of the Level B1 course, you will be able to interact and to be understood in a great variety of situations: exposing a problem, expressing your opinion, asking for explanations, set out a complaint, talking about the past and explain future events and projects.
You will be able to understand the main ideas of clear and coherent texts about topics you are familiar with. In the B1 level you will be able to write simple and coherent texts on issues you are familiar with or of personal interest. You will be able to describe experiences, events, wishes or ambitions, as well as explaining briefly your opinions and future plans.
The aim of the Level B2 is that at the end of the course, you will be able to explain and defend your opinions during a debate, to expose the advantages and disadvantages of an issue, to speculate on possible situations, to converse naturally, fluently and efficiently.
The Level B2 will allow you to understand the principal ideas of a complex text which deals with both abstract and practical issues, taking into account your area of specialization. You will be able to communicate with native speakers with a sufficient grade of fluency and spontaneity.
At the end of the Level C1, you will have a linguistic repertoire that will allow you to have a fluent, wide and precise communication. You will be able to adapt yourself to different registers, and thus to communicate in different social, professional and cultural environments.
Furthermore, in the Level C1, you will be able to write clear, structured and detailed texts on issues of a certain complexity, making correct use of the different mechanism of organization, articulation and cohesion of the texts.
At the Level C2, you are able to understand easily almost everything you read or hear. You can reconstruct the information and arguments coming from different sources, both spoken and written, and present them in a coherent and concise way. You will be able to express yourself spontaneously, with a great fluency and precision, which will allow you to identify and use subtle nuances of meanings.