B2.1 – B2.2 – B2.3 – B2.4 – B2.5

Upon completion of Level B2 students can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their field of specialization. They can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

 

Comprehension: Listening and reading

  • They can understand standard spoken language, live or broadcast; can understand in detail what is said to them in standard spoken language and keep up with an animated discussion between native speakers.
  • They can follow lectures and presentations in their field, even if the organization and language are both complex.
  • They can understand in detail TV documentaries, interviews, talk shows, plays, films in standard language and announcements, instructions, telephone messages etc. even when they are spoken fast, provided they are in standard dialect.
  • They have a broad active reading vocabulary, which means they can read with a large degree of independence, adapting style and speed of reading to different texts and purposes.
  • They’re also able to quickly scan through long and complex texts on topics of interest to locate relevant information and understand in detail texts within their field of interest or specialty.
  • They can understand specialized articles outside their own field with some of a dictionary.
  • They can understand lengthy, complex instructions, (e.g. for formal procedures in an academic, professional or health context) and read novels and short stories with little use of a dictionary, once they got used to the writer’s style.

 

Production: Speaking and writing

  • They can converse spontaneously without much sign of restricting what they say, able to reformulate ideas in different ways to ensure people understand exactly what they mean.
  • Can keep up with a discussion and express ideas and opinions clearly, precisely and convincingly, even in formal meetings. They can choose different ways of saying things, depending on the person they’re talking to and the context concerned.
  • Can use a variety of linking words efficiently to mark clearly the relationships between ideas and maintain good grammatical control, able to correct occasional mistakes.
  • Can understand and exchange complex information and advice relating to fields with which they have some familiarity.
  • Can carry out an effective, fluent interview, departing spontaneously from prepared questions, following up and probing interesting replies.
  • Can use the telephone for a variety of purposes, including establishing contact with people they do not know, though they may need to ask for clarification if the accent is unfamiliar.
  • Can give clear, well-developed, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects related to
  • their interests, expanding and supporting their ideas.
  • Can develop an argument systematically, highlighting significant points and including supporting detail where necessary.
  • Can give a clear, well-structured presentation and answer questions about the content, even departing from prepared text and following up interesting points raised by members of the audience.
  • Can summarize information and arguments from a variety of sources, using a range of language to express abstract ideas as well as topical subjects.
  • Can write clear, detailed descriptions of real or imaginary events and experiences, developing arguments with appropriate highlighting of significant points and relevant supporting detail.
  • Can write letters conveying degrees of emotion and highlighting the personal significance of events and experiences and commenting on their correspondent’s news and views.

 

 

Main B2 grammar points:

  • Subjunctive: imperfect and past perfect
  • The coordination of tenses in the indicative mood- part two
  • The coordination of tenses in the subjunctive mood-part one
  • Hypothetical sentences
  • Subordinating conjunctions
  • Passive constructions – part two
  • Historical past
  • Indirect speech – part one
  • Indefinite tenses