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.

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Andrea Quattrone

I decided to go on a language trip to Newcastle upon Tyne with ESL and now I can say that it was one of the best choices I have ever made. I learned about ESL online; at first, I was very impressed by their website’s precision, and then, by the staff’s availability and professionalism. They were all extremely helpful and precise in clarifying all my doubts!

In the beginning, I went on this trip just to improve my English knowledge and skills, but it soon became one of the best ways to strengthen incredible relationships. I am still very close to some of the people I met during my stay and I really would like to develop these friendships in the future and take them as good excuses to travel more.

Anyone can say that England is a truly unique country, but going there is the only way to deeply understand this statement. The habits, the breakfast, the buildings… there are so many things to discover. And British people are so enthusiastic that they make you feel warm even in a place that isn’t!

The weekend excursions were my favourite thing! Edinburgh, the Lake District, Alnwick Castle (Harry Potter’s one!)… The moments I spent in these places were truly unforgettable!

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María Bautista Villaverde

Learning French at the Institut Européen de Français was a great experience. I refreshed my French and got ready for my third Erasmus term. Classes are interactive and practical. Life in Montpellier is quiet, but – as it’s a student town – there is always something to do.

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Ana Briones Gallego

In October, I took an English course in Byron Bay, a small city in Australia, in the region of New South Wales. This experience was absolutely incredible. Byron is a very special place; the pace of life is relaxed, people are really nice and the surroundings are amazing. I spent most of my free time at the beach, where I could see dolphins and whales, only a few meters away from the coast. The main sport here is surf, so even if you’ve never tried, you have to give it a go. At night, there are many bars with live music. The school is very welcoming and all teachers are always helpful. I recommend Byron Bay as a destination, as it’s really similar to paradise! You will learn English whilst feeling constantly on holiday!

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