English for Business Syllabus

  • The syllabus describes the vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills needed at each level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
  • The syllabus uses ‘can do’ statements which highlight what you can do when you reach the end of a level. This is accepted best practice across language teaching.
  • The syllabus is not prescriptive. It can be adapted to meet your needs.
  • Please note we recommend that Beginner/A1 students take a General English course.


About the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

  • This is a common framework which outlines a series of levels against which all European languages can be referenced. Each level demonstrates a student’s progression in being able to effectively communicate in that language.
  • At each level a series of ‘can do’ statements describe what you are able to do in terms of vocabulary, grammar and your core skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing.
  • Cambridge ESOL estimates it takes the following amount of time to progress up the levels. In terms of guided learning hours: A2, 180–200; B1, 350–400; B2, 500–600; C1, 700–800, and C2, 1,000–1,200. Please note these figures are approximate.
  • This framework allows you to plan your study and set clear learning objectives.


Level group  Level group name  Level   Level name 
A   Basic user   A1  Breakthrough or Beginner 
A2  Waystage or Elementary 
Independent user  B1  Threshold or Intermediate  
B2  Vantage or Upper Intermediate 
Proficient user  C1  Effective Operational Proficiency or Advanced 
C2  Mastery or Proficiency  






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