B2 (upper intermediate)

What can a typical upper intermediate student do when they reach the start of the C1 level?

I can understand extended speech even when it is not clearly structured. I can understand the different forms of business communication without too much effort. I can understand long, complex texts, appreciating distinctions of style. I can understand specialised articles and longer technical instructions, even when they do not relate to my specific job role.

I can express myself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. I can use language flexibly and effectively for social and professional purposes. I can formulate ideas and opinions with precision and relate my contribution skilfully to those of other speakers. I can present clear, detailed descriptions of complex subjects integrating subthemes, developing particular points and finishing with an appropriate conclusion.

I can express myself in clear, well-structured texts, expressing points of view at some length. I can write about complex subjects, for example in an e-mail or report, underlining what I consider to be the salient issues. I can select a style appropriate to the reader in mind.


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 produce a well-structured business report effectively using the passive voice.
  • I can participate in a job interview and respond to a wide range of questions on my qualities and experience.
  • I can explain the reasons and explanations for business plans/decisions.