B1 English level (intermediate)

Understanding your English level

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is the system that defines and explains the different levels of oral and written expression and comprehension for languages, including English.

There are six levels of reference, divided into three blocks: basic user for levels A1 and A2, independent user for B1 and B2 and proficient user for C1 and C2.

English level B1 describes independent users of the language. Learners at this level can communicate with other English speakers.

Skills at B1 English level (intermediate)

What can a B1-level learner of English do?

  • They can understand the main points of clear texts on familiar topics in standard language.
  • They can manage most situations on a trip to places where English is used.
  • They can produce simple, organised texts about familiar topics.
  • They can describe experiences, events, wishes and aspirations, and explain opinions and plans.

Online courses at this level

Our online self-study, live classes and one-to-one courses with personal tutors are designed by some of the world's English teaching experts. They offer a safe and inclusive learning environment to help you improve your English and achieve your ambitions.

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