B1.1 – B1.2 – B1.3 – B1.4 – B1.5

 

Upon completion of Level B1 students can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken and produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

 

Comprehension: Listening and reading

  • They can understand straightforward information about everyday topics and study or work-related subjects. They’re able to identify both general messages and specific details, provided people speak clearly in a familiar accent.
  • They can follow clear speech directed at them in everyday conversation and the main points of extended discussion around them, if people talk clearly.
  • They can follow a lecture or talk within their own field, if the subject matter is familiar and the presentation clearly structured.
  • They can follow TV programs on topics of personal interest when people speak clearly, and understand information in announcements if they are delivered in clear standard speech.
  • They can look quickly through simple, factual texts in magazines, brochures or on a website, and identify information that might be of practical use to them.
  • They can identify the main conclusions in texts which clearly argue a point of view and read simplified versions of novels, plus stories with a clear structure, with little use of a dictionary.
  • They can understand clear instructions, for example for a game, for the use of medicines or for installing computer software.
  • They can understand the main points in short, clear, formal letters relating to their personal and professional interests, provided they can use a dictionary.

 

 

Production: Speaking and writing

  • They can start a conversation on topics that are familiar or of personal interest and can help to keep it going by expressing and responding to suggestions, opinions, attitudes, advice, feelings, etc.
  • They have a sufficient range of language to describe unusual and predictable situations and to express their thoughts on abstract or cultural as well as everyday topics (such as music, films) asking other people what they think. They can sum up what has been said in order to help the discussion to move forward.
  • They can explain the main points relating to an idea, problem, or argument with reasonable precision, using connecting words to link sentences into a coherent sequence.
  • They can describe an incident or an accident, making the main points clear, and express their feelings about something they’ve experienced explaining why they felt that way.
  • They can develop an argument well enough to be followed without difficulty most of the time.
  • They can compare alternatives, discuss what to do, where to go, etc.
  • They can give practical instructions on how to do something, for example cooking, buying a
  • ticket from a machine or using software.
  • They can explain why something is a problem and make an effective complaint, for example in a shop or hotel.
  • They can have long telephone conversations with people they know personally and make routine telephone calls, e.g. to make or cancel an order, booking or appointment.
  • They can give a prepared presentation summarizing non-routine information on familiar subjects from various sources and present it to others, answering clear questions.
  • They can write a detailed description of an experience, dream or imaginary event, including their feelings and reactions.
  • When they can’t think of a word, they can explain what they mean with another word, and repeat what was said in a different way if people are not understanding.
  • They can often correct their mistakes when prompted.

 

 

Main B1 grammar points:

 

  • Pronominal verbs
  • Past perfect tense
  • The coordination of tenses in the indicative mood- part one
  • Combined pronouns
  • Introduction to subjunctive: present and past
  • Conditional tense: past
  • Impersonal constructions
  • Passive constructions – part one