B1 (intermediate)

What can a typical Intermediate student do when they reach the start of the B2 level?

I can understand extended speech, for example in following a discussion in a meeting, and follow even complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar. I can understand most TV news and current affairs programmes. I can understand the majority of any form of business communication. I can read e-mails and reports in which the writers adopt particular attitudes or viewpoints.

I can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible. I can take an active part in discussions in familiar contexts, accounting for and sustaining my views.

I can present clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects related to my field of interest. I can explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options. I can write clear, detailed texts on a wide range of subjects related to my interests. For example, I can write reasonably detailed e-mails, communications or report, passing on information or giving reasons in support of or against a particular point of view. I can write formal letters of complaint using a range of expressions appropriate to the audience.


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 make reasonably detailed statements describing my company, team and job role. I can talk in some detail about my skills and qualifications.
  • I can provide advice and support in a business context. For example, I can produce a range of statements in support of an induction programme for a new employee.
  • I can use a range of verbs, adverbs and adjectives to describe financial trends over time. I can make predictions about the future performance of my company, sector.