Gap Year, Levels
Gap Year

Levels

Long term study in immersion: Levels

ESL - Levels
Number of weeks of classes necessary to obtain the desired level. The indications are based on statistics and they depend on your personal commitment.
1

Beginner level

In principle, the student has no knowledge of the language in question. Beginners are classified in two groups:

  • Absolute beginners, who have had no previous contact with the target language.
  • False beginners, who have already been exposed to the language in a passive way or have studied it in the past.

2

Elementary level (A1*)

The student understands basic phrases and instructions used in specific situations. He/she can interact in a very simple way and uses incomplete sentences, without real grammatical content.

3

Upper-elementary level (A2*)

The student masters simple sentences and can write them, and understands expressions related to areas of immediate relevance. He/she is able to participate in a direct exchange of simple information and uses vocabulary that is generally taught in school.

4

Lower-intermediate level (A2-B1*)

The student gets the general idea of what is being said, but usually has difficulties, except in some specific contexts. He/she can read and write simple texts and is able to hold a basic conversation about topics that are familiar or of personal interest.

5

Intermediate level (B1-B2*)

The student is able to understand the main ideas of a complex text. He/she can interact with a degree of spontaneity, but often has trouble with grammar and vocabulary.

6

Upper-intermediate level (B2*)

The student understands everyday language. Despite making some grammar and spelling mistakes, he/she can write and speak fluently. He/she is able to interact with native speakers without strain. Language knowledge is sufficient to use in professional contexts.

7

Advanced level (C1*)

The student can understand almost everything, including idiomatic expressions. He/she can produce complex texts and uses the language effectively for professional, academic and social purposes.

8

Proficiency level (C2*)

Usually following a long stay abroad, the student can understand virtually everything and masters the foreign language perfectly. Sometimes, his/her knowledge of the language is superior to that of a native speaker, with perhaps fewer idiomatic expressions.

*Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

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Hannelore V.

Bournemouth is a pleasant city with a nice beach, lots of sports facilities and beautiful gardens. My two-weeks stay was a great experience. I took classes at Kings. This school has a very good reputation and its teaching staff is very professional and friendly. Here I was able to practise my English with native speakers. I find it important to use my English in real-life situations since the language is becoming increasingly important internationally and in interdisciplinary contexts. I stayed with a British host family, something I really recommend. In retrospect, I would even recommend attending a summer school at a younger age, for instance, during one's last high-school year. ESL really helped me along in my decision-making and I gained great confidence in this organization. I had a most unforgettable experience and would not hesitate repeating it!

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Irene Moreno Ibáñez

This has been such an incredible new experience for me… it’s surpassed my expectations and I’m hardly ever home! I’m really liking the course at St. Giles International. My teacher is pretty energetic which is really nice because it livens up the class and helps you feel less embarrassed to speak up.

New York offers so many cultural and entertainment options. I participate in as many of the activities organised by the school as I can; for example, we went to the Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets baseball game, and I thought it was something interesting and different.

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Guillermo Perdiguero Ruiz

I wanted to study here at Kings to improve not only my level of general English, but also my knowledge of legal English. Holding a degree both in business administration and management and in law, I believe that studying here is an opportunity to further my legal career.

On one hand, during the classes we learned a considerable amount of new terms and vocabulary, which are clearly important from many points of view: from the perspective of someone seeking to pass a specific exam or to someone who simply wishes to improve their CV or learn general English for daily life.

On the other hand, the shared apartments that belong to Kings are just a few minutes away and the perfect convenience for someone interested in studying here. In addition to its privileged nearby location and having every necessary service, the living spaces are new and perfectly equipped for daily use.

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