B1 English level (intermediate)

English level B1 describes independent users of the language. Learners at this level can communicate with other English speakers. 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 such as 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 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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Do you know how to use as and like correctly?

Do you know how to use just, yet, still and already with the present perfect?

Learn how to write a post on a class forum.

Read the programme for a management conference to practise and improve your reading skills.

Read a flyer promoting a new gym to practise and improve your reading skills.

Listen to the phone call from a customer to practise and improve your listening skills.

Learn how to write a professional profile.

Learn how to write a restaurant review.

Listen to two students comparing Mars and Earth to practise and improve your listening skills.

Listen to Ella talking about some of the most memorable moments from a study trip to the UK.

Listen to a team meeting about diversity to practise and improve your listening skills.

Learn how to write a thank-you message to a colleague.

Read a travel guide about Bangkok to practise and improve your reading skills.

Listen to a weather forecast and answer the questions to practise and improve your listening skills.

Do you know how to use adjectives in phrases like a bit cold, really cold and absolutely freezing?

What is agile working and why is it important? Read about how new ways of working are helping companies adapt to change.

In this video, Emir and Paul discuss a design for a client. Listen to the language they use for agreeing and disagreeing and practise saying the useful phrases.

Do the exercises to improve your vocabulary for air travel.

Learn how to write an email to give holiday advice.

Read an email asking for help from another department to practise and improve your reading skills.

Learn how to write an email to explain a problem with your accommodation.

Learn how to write an email to invite someone to a job interview.

Listen to the English teacher talk about listening to practise and improve your listening skills.

Listen to the introduction of a psychology lecture to practise and improve your listening skills.

Ashlie goes for an interview - but her interviewer is more interested in someone else!