Levels

i.d.e.a. courses cover all levels: from A1 to C2 in to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.  As your Spanish improves, you will progress from simple structures and everyday expressions to a deeper understanding of natural, spoken language involving a wider vocabulary and colloquial expressions. A description of each level is given below. If you’re not sure what your level is, please contact us for advice.

At the end of the course you will receive a certificate stating your chosen course, the number of hours you have attended, and the level that you have achieved.

Beginners (A1)

  • You are capable of understanding and using familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at meeting your everyday needs.
  • You can introduce yourself to others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where you live, people you know and your belongings.
  • You can interact in a simple way if the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

Elementary (A2)

  • You can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (for example, very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment, etc).
  • You can communicate in order to do simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information about familiar and routine matters.
  • You can describe in simple terms aspects of your background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

Intermediate (B1)

  • You can understand the main points of clear, standard texts on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
  • You can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
  • You can produce simple, coherent texts on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
  • You can describe experiences, events, dreams, hopes and ambitions, and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

Upper intermediate (B2)

  • You can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in your field of specialisation.
  • You can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
  • You can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

Advanced (C1)

  • You can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise their implicit meaning.
  • You can express yourself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
  • You can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
  • You can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing correct use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

Proficiency (C2)

  • You can understand with ease virtually everything you hear or read.
  • You can summarise information and arguments from different spoken and written sources, presenting the material in a coherent and concise manner.
  • You can express yourself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning, even in the most complex situations.