English Level Information

Information on levels 

Levels at Malvern Online Academy are based on the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) for language proficiency.

 

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After you complete the test, you will receive an email with your score. Use the table below to understand what your score means. 

Score Level Name CEFR Cambridge IELTS Band
0 - 4 Beginner A1 1.0 - 2.0
5 - 9 Elementary A2 Key 2.0 - 3.5
10 - 14 Pre-Intermediate B1 Preliminary 3.5 - 4.5 
15 - 19 Intermediate B1+ Preliminary 4.5 - 5.5
20 - 24 Upper-Intermediate B2 FCE 5.5 - 6.5
25 - 29 Advanced C1 CAE 6.5 - 8.0
30 Proficiency C2 CPE 8.0 - 9.0

 

Level Overview

An overview of the basic details is provided below:   

Beginners – A1 

Number of hours to achieve this level (from beginner): 90 - 100

Some of the things you will learn: 

In this course, you will: 

 

  • Present Simple and Past Simple 
  • Numbers 
  • Articles (a, an, the)  
  • Common verbs 
  • Adverbs and adjectives 
  • Can and Can’t 
  • Prepositions (in, at, on, etc) 
  • Simple question forms 
  • Likes and dislikes 
  • Future time expressions 
  • Be + going to (plans) 

 

  

  • Introduce yourself 
  • Talk/Write about/Give personal information 
  • Talk/Write about your habits, likes and dislikes 
  • Talk about your abilities 
  • Ask for some information, for example prices, the time, directions 
  • Talk about the weather 
  • Talk/Write about what you did last weekend or holiday 
  • Talk/Write about your plans for the weekend, next summer 

 

 

 

Elementary – A2 

Number of hours to achieve this level (from beginner): 180 - 200

Some of the things you’ll learn: 

In this course, you will: 

 

  • Present Simple, Present continuous and past simple – regular and irregular verbs 
  • There is/are , There was/were 
  • Possessive ‘s  and possessive adjectives (my, your, his,…) 
  • Object pronouns 
  • Prepositions of time 
  • Quantifiers (any, some, many, much, a lot, …) 
  • Be + going to (predictions) 
  • Would/ would like to/ want to 
  • Comparatives and superlatives 

 

  

  • Talk about culture, countries and nationalities 
  • Talk/ write about work and jobs 
  • Talk about your family and friends 
  • Write informal emails about yourself, your interests, hobbies 
  • Talk/ Write about your holidays 
  • Talk/ write about where you live  
  • Describe pictures, things, clothes and people  
  • Talk/Ask about quantities, for example, when shopping, cooking, or eating in a restaurant 
  • Talk about things that you would like to do when you do not have a plan 

 

Pre- Intermediate – B1 

Number of hours to achieve this level (from beginner): 300 hours

Some of the things you’ll learn: 

In this course, you will: 

 

  • Question forms: subject and object questions 
  • Present perfect (yet, since, for, ever, never)  
  • Present Perfect vs Past Simple 
  • Past simple vs past continuous 
  • Past Perfect vs Past simple 
  • Future forms: present continuous, be going to vs will 
  • Gerunds and infinitives  
  • May, might, will  
  • Relative clauses  
  • Present and Past Simple Passive 
  • 1st and 2nd conditionals 
  • Indirect speech 

 

  

  • Ask/ Write about important life events and experiences 
  • Talk about past habits and how your life has changed 
  • Tell anecdotes and stories  
  • Talk about your work experience and future work/life plans  
  • Talk about the news and current events 
  • Write formal and informal emails 
  • Talk about technology and gadgets 
  • Compare and contrast things that you like/dislike and places you have visited 
  • Talk about real and imaginary situations in the present 
  • Report what other people have said, and what you have heard 

 

 

 

Intermediate – B1+ 

Number of hours to achieve this level (from beginner): 300 - 400 hours

Some of the things you’ll learn: 

In this course, you will: 

 

  • Narrative tenses: past simple, continuous and perfect 
  • Perfect tenses: present perfect simple and continuous 
  • Modal verbs: ability, deduction, obligation and possibility 
  • Past habits (used to, would) vs present habits 
  • Quantifiers and noun formation 
  • Verb patters (gerunds and infinitives)  
  • Passive voice ( present, past and future tenses) 
  • Relative clauses (defining and non- defining)  
  • 2nd and 3rd conditionals  
  • Articles, verbs and adjectives + prepositions  

 

  

  • Talk about food around the world, including how to cook food, different ingredients, tastes and flavours  
  • Talk about several types of sports, people involved in sports, and physical exercise 
  • Describe people physically and their personality traits 
  • Talk/Write about education and the schools system in your country and abroad 
  • Discuss quality of life, lifestyle and life expectancy 
  • Talk about/Describe different types of relationships and what they are like 
  • Talk about work, including writing a C.V. and a cover letter 
  • Discuss current affairs, the news and the media  
  • Talk about/Write reviews about entertainment 

 

 

Upper- Intermediate – B2 

Number of hours to achieve this level (from beginner): 500 - 600

Some of the things you’ll learn: 

In this course, you will: 

 

  • Auxiliary verbs 
  • Narrative forms (including past perfect continuous) 
  • Adverbials 
  • Passive voice (including It is saidIt is understood,…) 
  • Future perfect simple and continuous 
  • Future time clauses 
  • Unreal conditionals (including mixed conditional) 
  • Past modals 
  • Reported speech and different types of reporting verbs 
  • Wishes and regrets 

  

  • Make predictions about the future 
  • Talk about health, illnesses and injuries 
  • Talk/ Describe and write about travelling experiences and mishaps 
  • Read and discuss crime, conventional and alternative punishments 
  • Talk about the environment, climate change and the weather 
  • Read and talk about danger, worst case scenarios and taking risks 
  • Listen to and talk about music, music tastes and the effects of different types of music 
  • Talk about sleeping, the effects of sleep deprivation, and dreams 
  • Talk about science and technology 
  • Discuss pet peeves and annoying habits 

 

 

Advanced – C1 

Number of hours to achieve this level (from beginner): 1,000 - 1,200 hours

Some of the things you’ll learn: 

In this course, you will: 

 

  • Discourse markers and linkers 
  • Explore the different uses of ‘have’ 
  • Narrative tenses including used to and would 
  • Distancing expressions 
  • Phrases with and uses of ‘get’ 
  • Speculation and deduction  
  • Adding emphasis/inversion 
  • Unreal uses of past tenses 
  • Adverbs and adverbial expressions 
  • Conditionals (real and unreal) 
  • Permission, obligation and necessity 
  • Future plans and arrangements  
  • Cleft sentences 
  • Compound nouns and possessive forms 

 

  

  • Describe challenging experiences and how you ‘survived’ them 
  • Discuss cross-cultural differences 
  • Talk about family dynamic and roles of family members 
  • Talk/Write about the past: your childhood, what your country used to be like and how it has changed 
  • Talk about/ Describe books that you have read 
  • Read and discuss how people handle/manage money 
  • Discuss people’s addiction to technology and gadgets 
  • Talk about laws and regulations  
  • Talk about artists, the arts, events and entertainment 
  • Talk about the natural world, wildlife, pets and their owners 

 

 

Teaching methodology and class dynamic 

 

All classes follow a communicative, student-centered teaching approach.  
This means that: 

  • students’ talking time is maximized;  
  • students are expected to participate as much as possible in class; 
  • students are required to work, not only by themselves, but also in pairs, threes or groups; 
  • a variety of activities and teaching techniques are used to cater to each group’s needs, motivations, interests, and abilities; 
  • students are given the opportunity to practice and improve all skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), while learning different vocabulary and grammar structures; 
  • classes use a core course book, which is supplemented with material that teachers have created, and ‘real materials, such as newspapers, videos, radio recordings, etc.