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Spanish Language Levels

In IL Spanish, our proficiency levels are in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), is a guideline used to describe achievements of learners of foreign languages across the world.

The CEFR divides learners into three broad divisions (A, B, C) that can be divided into six levels (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2); for each level, it describes what a learner is supposed to be able to do in reading, listening, speaking and writing.

Besides, we follow the guidelines of Instituto Cervantes. The institution is the largest organization in the world responsible for promoting the study and the teaching of Spanish language and culture, organize the Diplomas of Spanish as Foreign Language exams (DELE) and develop the CEFR specifically to the Spanish language.

Additionally, the IL Spanish 6 levels correspond exactly to the U.S.A. University System, so that you may receive credits from your home school.

Description for each Spanish language level

You will learn how to form fundamental grammatical and communicative structures in Spanish, such as greetings, talking about yourself, giving an opinion, conjugating verbs in the present tense, describing yourself and others and talking about likes and dislikes, among other skills.

You will have a general basic ability to communicate in everyday situations. You will be able to convey simple messages in social and travel contexts.

In this Spanish level you will increase your level of grammar and vocabulary and be able to express yourself functionally in various communicative contexts in the present, future and past tenses.

You will be able to communicate in short conversations on familiar topics and understand short simple text.

In B1 you will acquire a general command of some of the more complex structures in the Spanish language and a good vocabulary base. You will make the leap from expressing yourself at a functional level to achieving a certain level of fluency in the language, accompanied by a greater comprehension of the Spanish way of life.

You will be able to sustain a conversation on familiar topics and will be able to produce and understand simple text with ease.

In this level, You will learn to feel comfortable communicating in social situations and speak with a certain degree of fluency. You will largely expand upon your ability to debate and express opinions in detail; to link phrases and sentences cohesively, and to converse about more specific topics outside the realm of commonplace linguistic interchanges.

You will be able to communicate effectively in most language situations. You will be able to understand and produce text in general and in specialized areas of your life.

You will learn to express your ideas at a more abstract level by perfecting your grammar skills and dominating idioms, as well as gain a wider knowledge of Spanish culture.

You will be able to speak fluently to near-native speaker standard. You will have an in-depth knowledge and be able to use the correct register for formal/informal situations.

At the end, you will have a solid grasp of the Spanish language and are able to communicate effectively.

In this level, you will focus on refining your oral and written skills while developing a global perspective of Spanish culture in relation to your particular field of interest. In C2 you will earn a high command of the Spanish language, for people who want to perfect all areas of linguistic proficiency in order to fully become bilingual.

USA Equivalence levels

The U.S.A. equivalence levels are based in two scales, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), an organization aiming to improve and expand the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. and the Interagency Language Roundtable scale (IRL), an agency of the United States Federal Government with the purpose of coordinating and sharing information on foreign language activities at the federal level.

Common European
Framework of Reference
for Languages
Interagency Language
Roundtable Scale
American Council
on the Teaching of
Foreign Languages
A1 0/0+
Novice Low (NL
Novice Mid (NM)
Novice High (NH)
A2 1
Lower intermediate (IL)
Intermediate Mid (IM)
B1 1+
Intermediate High (IH)
B2 2/2+
Advanced Low (AL)
Advanced Mid (AM)
Advanced High (AH)
C1 3/3+ Superior (S)
C2 4/4+
Distinguished (D)

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