ESOL Level 1

ESOL Level 1 Upper-Intermediate User  

ESOL Level 1 [IELTS equivalent 5.0-6.0]  is a level that many students find themselves at, that of a competent user. You can probably manage to use English in most situations, though you may find it difficult to find the right word when speaking. You sometimes over-translate from your first language, and find that writing a formal, work-related email, for example, is frustrating. At Languages for Life Ltd we will focus on your needs through a diagnostic test, and address the areas of your English Language that you want to improve.

When you are at ESOL Level 1 you will certainly have had some English Language learning experience behind you: maybe at school, an academy or as part of your company training.  Many students find this a frustrating stage of their English Language learning; you may feel you have not made progress, that you have reached a plateau. The solution is to adopt new language strategies. Translating word by word is no longer enough; you have to learn collocations [words that “go together”], formal and informal language and how to build words.

At Languages for Life Ltd we use a dynamic, communicative teaching methodology. Your learning will be active, not passive, and we will encourage you to practise the language you have learned in a real-life context, whether it be spoken or written. At ESOL Level 1 you begin a second stage of English language learning

Common European Framework descriptor:






Communicator – B2

(ESOL Level 1)

  • Can understand the main ideas of complex communication on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation.
  • Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
  • Can adapt to take account of the listener(s), the context and the medium.
  • Can engage in discussion in familiar and unfamiliar situations making clear and relevant contributions.
  • Can obtain information from different sources.
  • Can communicate clearly and in detail on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options, varying length, format and style appropriate to purpose and audience.



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