B1 level (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

The Common European Framework divides learners of a language into three broad divisions that can be divided into six levels:

  • A – Basic User
    • A1 Breakthrough or beginner
    • A2 Waystage or elementary
  • B – Independent User
    • B1 Threshold or intermediate
    • B2 Vantage or upper intermediate
  • C – Proficient User
    • C1 Effective Operational Proficiency or advanced
    • C2 Mastery or proficiency

The CEFR describes what a learner is supposed to be able to do in reading, listening, speaking and writing at each level. For the B1 level, this is:

  • 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 while travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
  • Can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
  • Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.