B2 English level (upper intermediate)

English level B2 describes independent users of the language. Learners at this level can communicate without effort 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, 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 B2 English level (upper intermediate)

What can a B2-level learner of English do?

  • They can understand the main ideas of complex texts on concrete or abstract topics, including some technical discussions.
  • They can express themselves fluently and spontaneously enough to comfortably communicate with other English speakers. 
  • They can produce clear, detailed text on many subjects and explain a complex viewpoint on a topic, including expressing advantages and disadvantages.

Online courses at this level

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Do you know how to use the word enough?

Do you know how to use the words so and such?

Do you know the difference between I used to drive on the left and I'm used to driving on the left?

Do you know how to use wish and if only to talk about things you would like to change?

Listen to the business interview to practise and improve your listening skills.

Learn how to write a covering email to accompany a job application.

Learn how to write a curriculum vitae, often called a CV in the UK or résumé in American English. 

Listen to the presentation about a new product design to practise and improve your listening skills.

Listen to the podcast about doing a digital detox to practise and improve your listening skills.

Listen to the lecture about a science experiment to practise and improve your listening skills.

Learn how to write a letter of complaint.

It's amazing what you can build out of Lego. But … an arm?! This video shows us that anything is possible …

Read a review of the film 'A Plastic Ocean' to practise and improve your reading skills.

Are you adventurous when it comes to food? Watch this video about a famous Italian food – would you be brave enough to try it?

Learn how to write a report on working abroad.

Read a section from a short story to practise and improve your reading skills.

Listen to Jo talking about a very special restaurant she visited recently in Catalonia.

Learn how to describe a line graph.

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

Orang-utans use sticks to catch insects, but do you think they would use human tools? Watch this video and find out!

Learn how to write an advert.

Read an email from a friend you haven't heard from for a long time to practise and improve your reading skills.

Learn how to write an email to request time off work.

Learn how to write an email to your university professor.

Learn how to write an informal email to a friend.

Learn how to write an opinion essay.

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

Rob and Stephen get stressed, and Rob talks about will, could and might.

This time, Stephen's left 'holding the baby'... or the dog, anyway!

Rob and Ashlie have a great time looking into the future...