Upon completion of Level C2 students can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read and express themselves spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations. Can interact effortlessly, picking up and using non-verbal and intonational cues without effort, and interweaving their contribution into the joint discourse in fully natural fashion. Can produce written work that shows good organizational structure, with an understanding of the style and content appropriate to the task, proof-read and lay out in accordance with relevant conventions.

 

Comprehension: Listening and reading

  • Students at this level can understand any kind of spoken language, whether live or broadcast, delivered at fast speed, even in a noisy environment. They can fully appreciate films, plays, TV and the radio, including humor, nuance, and implied meaning.
  • They can follow debates, discussions, specialized lectures and presentations that contain a high degree of colloquial expressions, regional usage, or unfamiliar terminology.
  • Can understand any interlocutor, given an opportunity to adjust to a non-standard accent or dialect, fully appreciating the sociocultural implications of language used by other speakers and reacting accordingly. Can understand irony and sarcasm and draw appropriate conclusions about their use.
  • They can read any kind of text, from complex reports, manuals and contracts, to classical as well as contemporary literary texts in different genres, including those written in a very colloquial style and containing many idiomatic expressions or slang.

 

Production: Speaking and writing

  • Students can easily keep up with extended debate, even when this is highly idiomatic, and contribute to formal discussion of complex issues articulately and persuasively.
  • When arguing for or against a case, they can convey finer shades of meaning precisely in order to give emphasis, differentiate and eliminate ambiguity; can employ irony and understatement in an appropriate manner.
  • They can reformulate ideas in differing ways to give emphasis, to differentiate and to eliminate ambiguity, if necessary, backtracking and restructuring around a difficulty so smoothly the interlocutor is hardly aware of it.
  • They can give a smoothly flowing, elaborate description or presentation on a complex topic, and can handle difficult, unpredictable and even hostile questioning.
  • Can summarize orally information from different sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts accurately, coherently and concisely.
  • They can write stories and descriptions in a clear, sophisticated style appropriate to the genre.
  • Can write papers that present the background and context, describing procedures and/or proposals, evaluating outcomes and drawing conclusions and giving reasons for their opinion.
  • In a letter they can express themselves in a consciously ironical, ambiguous and humorous way, with good command of idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms.

 

Main C2 grammar points:

  • Review and deepening of grammar starting from complex authentic material
  • Idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms – part two
  • Language and cultural references
  • Analysis of style and register