Choosing a Language Course

The information below provides a brief guide to the level of each course, although there may be differences between languages. For more precise detail about individual courses we recommend you look at the course information details on the website, access the self-assessment forms above or attend a “Find your level” session to help you choose. Should you have a specific query about Languages you can email karen.miller@bracknell.ac.uk or ring 01344 766241.

How do our courses relate to other levels?

First Steps for Beginners

 

 

 

For those with no previous knowledge of the language. You will focus on the skills of speaking (including pronunciation), listening, reading and a small amount of writing. You can expect to spend approximately an hour each week on your homework.

 

 

 

 

 

National Level

 

Entry Level/ Level 1

 

Common European Framework

 

A1

Next Steps for Near Beginners

These courses follow on from First Steps. You will continue to learn to communicate in the language and will cover some grammar in context.

This level is also suitable for you if you have studied some of the language in the past and need to recap the basics.

Improvers

For those with approximately 50 hours previous knowledge of the language. You will continue to develop your skills and confidence in basic situations using the present tense. Depending on the language, you may start to learn past and/or future tenses.

 

National Level

 

Level 1

 

Common European Framework

 

A1 (continued)

Lower Intermediate

 

 

For those who have studied the language for 90-100 hours previously.

You will begin to be able to distinguish between past, present and future.

National Level

 

Level 2

 

 

Common European Framework

 

A1-A2

Lower Intermediate Plus

A step between Lower Intermediate and Intermediate.

Intermediate

 

 

For those with 5 years previous study of the language in an adult education setting or equivalent or a top grade GCSE.

Your skills will be developed to enable you to cope with most situations that you will encounter whilst travelling in countries where the language is spoken.

 

 

National Level

 

Level 2/3

 

Common European Framework

 

A2-B1

Intermediate Plus

A step between Intermediate and Upper Intermediate.

Upper Intermediate

 

For those who have previously studied the language for at least 6 years or equivalent.

You will continue to develop your skills so that you are comfortable with the majority of situations likely to arise whilst travelling in countries where the language is spoken

 

National Level

 

Level 3

 

Common European Framework

 

A2-B1

Advanced at a Relaxed Pace (French only)

For those whose language learning experience is around A level standard who wish to recap grammar functions by following a course book alongside participating in topical debate.

National Level

 

Level 3

 

Common European Framework

B1

Advanced

For those whose language learning experience is around A level standard or above. You will practise using language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.

These courses focus on topical debate and developing fluency. Learners are encouraged to contribute ideas to be discussed.

National Level

 

Level 3

 

Common European Framework

 

B1

 

For the Fluent (French and German only)

You will be able to follow discussions and programmes on radio and television as well as read and write French or German with relative ease. You will also enjoy conversing with the native speaking tutor and your fellow students on a wide range of topics.

National Level

 

Level 3/4

 

Common European Framework

 

C1

 

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