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Berlitz Proficiency Levels

The Same Proven-effective Berlitz Method® and Standardised Course Materials at Berlitz Centres thoughout the World…


The Council of Europe’s “Common European Framework of Reference for Languages” (CEF) divides languages into different levels to make the learning of languages and evaluation of language skills more transparent and comparable. The 10 Berlitz Levels and the online points scale (for e-learning) can simply be aligned with the CEF levels.


Functional Skills (Beginners) – Level 1, Level 2

Level 1

  • Introducing yourself
  • Ordering food
  • Asking for and giving simple directions
  • Asking for and telling time and date
  • Speaking about your job

Level 2

  • Going shopping
  • Speaking about daily routines, food and clothes
  • Speaking about leisure activities and hobbies
  • Making and changing appointments
  • Leaving and taking messages on the telephone
  • Looking for a job

Intermediate Skills (Intermediate) – Level 3, Level 4, Level 5, Level 6

Level 3

  • Giving, accepting and turning down invitations
  • Opening a bank account
  • Looking for an apartment
  • Expressing approval or disapproval
  • Describing your workplace
  • Conducting simple interviews

Level 4

  • Speaking about current events
  • Speaking about investments
  • Giving and receiving advice
  • Participating in simple discussions and meetings
  • Speaking about conditions of employment
  • Negotiating basic contracts

Level 5

  • Expressing sympathy and condolences
  • Making travel arrangements
  • Handling everyday issues
  • Making comparisons
  • Presenting products and services
  • Dealing with problems and complaints

Level 6

  • Participating in extended conversations
  • Engaging in long telephone conversations
  • Fully expressing emotions and ideas
  • Seeking professional advice, e.g. from lawyers and accountants
  • Handling unexpected problems
  • Explaining your views and persuading others

Advanced & Professional Skills (Final) – Level 7, Level 8, Level 9, Level 10

Level 7

  • Understanding unfamiliar topics
  • Understanding unique native-speaker idioms and expressions
  • Studying academic and technical materials in English
  • Presenting your views
  • Forming different views
  • Solving job-related problems with appropriate vocabulary

Level 8

  • Using nuances or shades of meaning to communicate effectively
  • Dealing with most topics on the telephone easily
  • Participating in technical and social
  • Handlling advanced situations such as meetings
  • Negotiating skillfully
  • Conducting technical presentations

Level 9

  • Communicating with a variety of people on any topic
  • Using expressions appropriate for each situation
  • Understanding and using common colloquial expressions
  • Confidently expressing your views in meetings
  • Arranging work assignments on the telephone
  • Conducting in-depth presentations

Level 10

  • Communicating fuluently in any situation
  • Comprehending and correctly using a wide range of terms
  • Speaking on technical matters at a well-educatd native-speaker level
  • Preparing complex reports
  • Delivering effective speeches