A1 (elementary)

What can a typical elementary student do when they reach the start of the A2 level?

I can understand phrases and vocabulary related to the areas of most immediate personal relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local area, employment).

I can catch the main point in short, clear, simple messages and announcements. I can read very short, simple texts. I can find specific, predictable information in simple everyday material such as advertisements, prospectuses, menus and timetables.

I can understand short, simple letters/e-mails. I can communicate in a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar topics and activities.

I can handle very short social exchanges. I can use a series of phrases and sentences to describe, in simple terms, my family and other people, living conditions, my educational background and my present or most recent job. I can write short, simple notes and messages. I can write a very simple personal letter/e-mail.


Some examples of ‘can do’ statements at this level. A full syllabus will be given to you at the start of the course.

  • I can understand a simple conversation about the future.
  • I can describe my town and its facilities. I can say what I can and can’t do where I live.
  • I can use simple comparative and superlative adjectives. I can describe and compare places I know.