C1 (advanced)

What can a typical advanced student do when they reach the start of the C2 level?

I have no difficulty in understanding any kind of spoken language, whether live or broadcast, even when delivered at fast, native speed, provided I have some time to get familiar with the accent. I can read with ease virtually all forms of written language, including abstract, structurally or linguistically complex texts such as manuals, specialised articles or literary works. I can take part effortlessly in any conversation or discussion and have a good familiarity with idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms. I can express myself fluently and convey finer shades of meaning precisely.

If I do have a problem I can backtrack and restructure around the difficulty so smoothly that other people are hardly aware of it. I can present near fluent description or argument in a style appropriate to the context and with an effective logical structure which helps recipients to notice and remember significant points.

I can write clear, smoothly flowing text in an appropriate style. I can write complex e-mails, reports and other forms of business communication appropriate to a wide range of different audiences. I can write summaries and reviews of professional or literary work.


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 use a diverse range of expressions in making ‘business small talk’.
  • I can write detailed and complex e-mails and letters appropriate to the audience in question.
  • I can clearly outline the values that are important to me in a business environment.