A2 English level (pre-intermediate)

English level A2 describes basic users of the language. Learners at this level can communicate in everyday situations with common expressions and elementary vocabulary. 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.

Skills at A2 English level (pre-intermediate)

What can an A2-level learner of English do? 

  • They can understand sentences and common expressions about familiar topics, including very basic personal and family information, shopping, places of interest and work. 
  • They can communicate in simple, everyday tasks that require only simple and direct exchanges of information on familiar topics.
  • They can describe aspects of their past, environment and matters related to their immediate needs, using simple language.

Online courses at this level

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Read a direct message on social media to practise and improve your reading skills. 

Listen to a morning briefing to practise and improve your listening skills.

Learn how to write a personal profile for a social app or website.

Do the exercises and learn the words for some accessories.

Do you know how to use adjectives with prepositions like interested in or similar to?

Do you know the difference between bored and boring?

Learn how to fill in an accommodation preference form.

Learn how to write an email about a business event.

Learn how to write a cover letter or email to respond to a job advert.

Learn how to write an email to explain a problem.

Read an email about plans for the weekend to practise and improve your reading skills.

Learn how to write an email to ask a colleague to do something.

Read an end of term report to practise and improve your reading skills.

Learn how to write an email to ask for more information and express interest.

Read an email invitation to a job interview to practise and improve your reading skills. 

Listen to some phone messages with directions to practise and improve your listening skills.

Learn how to write posts on an online forum.

In this video, Paul says sorry for making Noelia fall over. Listen to the language they use for apologising and practise saying the useful phrases.

Do the exercises to learn words to describe people's appearance.

Do you know how to use a, an and the?

Do you know when you need to use the in common phrases and place names?

When a vampire visits a happy young couple, will true love save their lives?

Do these exercises to learn words to talk about your bedroom.

Listen to two colleagues arranging a meeting to practise and improve your listening skills.

Listen to two people talking about changing their plans to practise and improve your listening skills.

Read two adverts for corporate venues to practise and improve your reading skills.

Do the exercises to learn vocabulary to talk about clothes.

Do you know how to use a, some, any, much and many?

Do you know how to use a few, few, very little and a bit of?

Read the prospectuses for two different English courses to practise and improve your reading skills.