Advanced (C1)

Level C1 describes proficient users of the language. Learners at this level can perform complex tasks related to work and study. 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 level C1

What can a C1-level learner of English do?

  • They can understand a wide range of more difficult, longer texts and recognise implicit meanings. 
  • They can express themselves fluently and spontaneously with little need to search for the right expression.
  • They can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. They can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects.

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December 2 is the United Nation's International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. Did you know that slavery still exists today and is probably much closer to you than you realise?

The COP26 climate change conference takes place in November 2021. In this video, Sir David Attenborough talks about why these meetings are so very important.

October is Black History Month in the UK. The event recognises black people's achievements and educates people about black history.

What if a photo showed how beautiful you were on the inside? Read what happens when people download a new app called TrueBeauty.  

Sergeant Frank Spike is not a successful police officer. But he has 'a nose for crime'. Will his last case change his luck?

Joanna is the last market trader in her family. When she goes to the capital city to sell her fruits, she discovers something worth more than money.

If a plumber can use time travel to fix Priya's broken pipe, can her other problems be solved in the same way?

The horrific crime of human trafficking may be closer to you than you realise. Read more about the UN's World Day against Trafficking in Persons.

World Oceans Day is a day to think about the extremely important role that the oceans play in all our lives, the dangers that are facing our oceans and the actions we can take to protect them.

Amanda Gorman wrote her poem 'The Miracle of Morning' in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic in spring 2020. Listen to her recite it in this video.

Have you ever wondered why dogs put their heads out of car windows? Watch this video and learn more about this common behaviour.

October is Black History Month in the UK. Watch historian David Olusoga explain what he thinks black British history really is about.

Can you imagine a world without fossil fuels? In this video, former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres outlines her vision of a world that's entirely free of fossil fuels.

Two friends take action to help the environment and create a beautiful green town. But what's the best strategy, and is it worth going to prison for?

Two people fall in love. But is their experience real? Or is it just a side effect of the medicine they're taking?

When a vampire visits a young couple in love, can they – and their love – survive?

When his physics experiment goes wrong and all the stars disappear, the entire world blames Dr Tomas Streyer. Are the stars gone forever?

A mysterious salesman knocks at Victoria's door and offers her a deal to solve all her problems. Will she give in to temptation or is the price too high?

Who inspires you? Perhaps it's a famous woman, or maybe it's someone from your family. Watch some people talking about this question in the video.

London has many well-known landmarks, but it also has its hidden gems. In this video, you can learn about a garden paradise in the heart of the UK capital.

In this video, climate activists Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot tell us how we should use nature to tackle the climate crisis.

Did you know that flamingos are white when they are born? This video shows the fascinating red milk that they drink to give them their beautiful pink colour.

This video honours the great women of science who have changed the world forever! How many of these famous female scientists do you know about?

Learn how to write an email to explain an incident to your manager.

Listen to four different people talking about their experiences with renting accommodation to practise and improve your listening skills.

Listen to four people talking about different business challenges to practise and improve your listening skills.

Listen to an interview about two books to practise and improve your listening skills.

Read four political manifestos to practise and improve your reading skills.

Read a series of short book summaries to practise and improve your reading skills.

Read an article about life on Mars to practise and improve your reading skills.