A2.1 – A2.2 – A2.3 – A2.4 – A2.5


Upon completion of Level A2 students can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). They can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.  Can describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.


Comprehension: Listening and reading

  • Students can understand enough of what people say to be able to meet immediate needs, provided people speak slowly and clearly.
  • They can understand what people say to them in simple conversation about family, people, homes, work and hobbies; when told clearly and slowly, they will understand short, simple stories and identify changes in the topic of discussion around them.
  • They can follow the main points and changes of topic of TV news reports if they’re familiar with the subject and if the TV pictures help them to understand the story.
  • They can understand simple texts, emails and letters from friends or colleagues, for example saying when they should meet for lunch/dinner or asking them to be at work early.
  • They can understand short, clear and simple messages at the airport, railway station etc., and follow clear instructions such as how to use a telephone, a cash machine or a drinks machine.
  • They can understand the main points in short newspaper / magazine stories, especially when they are illustrated, and short everyday stories about familiar subjects if the text is written in simple language.
  • They can find the most important information in advertisements, information leaflets, web pages, catalogues, timetables etc.




Production: Speaking and writing

  • They can generally communicate the main points of what they want to say, though sometimes it’s necessary to simplify it. They have enough vocabulary to communicate in simple everyday situations, for example for ordering food and drink, shopping or using post offices, means of transportation and banks.
  • They can say what exactly they don’t understand, ask for clarification and use correctly simple phrases learnt for specific situations, linking ideas with simple connectors.
  • They can describe themselves and other people in regard to family, education, present or last job, hobbies, interests; they can ask simple questions about home and country, work and free time, likes, dislikes and feelings.
  • They can have short conversations with friends and ask and answer simple questions about familiar topics (e.g., weather, hobbies, pets, music, sport), asking for and giving opinions, agreeing and disagreeing, in a simple way.
  • They can make and accept invitations, or refuse invitations politely, make and accept apologies.
  • They can use standard phrases to answer the phone, exchange simple information, and have a short telephone conversation with someone they know.
  • They can ask for and give directions using a map or plan.
  • They can ask and answer simple questions about a past event, for example the time and place of a party, who was at the party and what happened there; what they did on the weekend or on their last holiday; how their last job or study experience was, etc.
  • They can talk about my plans for the weekend or on their next holiday and discuss plans with other people, for example what to do, where to go and when to meet.
  • They can explain the reasons why they like or dislike something. Having time to prepare, they can give basic information about something they know well, for example a country, a sports team, a band, etc.
  • They can write about themselves and people they know well using simple language.
  • They can complete a questionnaire with information about their educational background, job, interests and skills.
  • They can summarize simple stories they have read, relying on the language used in the story, or write a short description of an event.


Main A2 grammar points:

  • Present tense: more irregular verbs
  • Present continuous
  • Simple past – part two
  • Imperfect tense
  • Imperative (informal and formal)
  • Conditional tense: present
  • Future tense
  • Pronouns: indirect object, demonstrative, indefinite, relative, interrogative, ci, ne