Upper intermediate (B2)

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 level B2

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.

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On the night of 31 December and the morning of 1 January, people in many countries all over the world will celebrate the beginning of a new year. How will they celebrate and how did this tradition begin?

It's the time of year for Santa Claus, fairy lights and all the best pop songs. What are the essential elements of Christmas in the UK?

If you have a Christmas tree in your home, have you thought whether it's better to have a natural tree or an artificial tree? This video could help you to decide.

How many female artists could you name? This video discusses women in art in the past, present and future.

Every autumn, Canadian and American families gather for a day centred around community, food and giving thanks – the day of Thanksgiving. Where did this holiday come from and how is it celebrated today?

Children all around the world need adults to help them, to protect them and to teach them their rights. Do you know what the Rights of the Child are? Every year, 20 November is Universal Children’s Day, a chance for all of us to learn how we can help the youngest, most vulnerable members of our communities.

The COP26 UN Climate Change Conference will take place 1–12 November 2021, in Glasgow, Scotland. The event will bring together country leaders, experts and environmental campaigners to take urgent action against climate change.

Vegans argue that animal farming is not only cruel but also bad for the environment. World Vegan Day, on 1 November, puts the focus on the vegan way of life.

October 31 is Halloween and is now celebrated in many countries around the world, but do you know anything about the origins of this scary special day? Read the article and find out.

‘Mindfulness’ is a word we hear a lot these days, but what exactly does it mean? Find out what it is, what the benefits of mindfulness are and how you can start to practise it.

Knowing how to read and write is a very important factor in most people’s lives. But some people never learn these skills. How can we make sure that everybody gets the opportunity to become literate?

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 International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples on 9 August is a day to promote indigenous peoples' rights and celebrate indigenous communities, from the Inuit in the Arctic Circle to the Tuareg in the deserts of northern Africa.

What do you cook when you want a really fast lunch? Why not try making these delicious crispy egg rolls?

Delegating means trusting someone else in your team with work and responsibilities. Why is it so important, and how can we do it better?

Did you know that there's a World Emoji Day? Well, there is ... and it's on July 17! surprise 

May 1 is International Workers' Day. On this day, people in many countries around the world celebrate workers' achievements and march in the streets demanding fair pay and better working conditions.

English Language Day is celebrated on 23 April. Read about where English came from, how it came to be spoken all over the world and how it is changing.

International Mother Earth Day, on 22 April, promotes harmony with nature and reminds us of the importance of protecting all the different ecosystems and species on our planet.

Tea is the world's second most popular drink (after water!). In the UK, you can even celebrate drinking it on 21 April.

David Attenborough is a famous British naturalist. In this trailer, he talks about his documentary A Life on Our Planet.

Easter is the most important festival of the year for most Christians and a holiday for many others. Read on to find out more about it.

April Fool's Day is a special day for jokes and tricks in many countries. Read this article to find out all about it.

World Water Day, 22 March, draws attention to the essential role of water in our lives, the difficulties people face in getting it and solutions to these problems.

Nowruz is an important festival in Iran, Central Asia and beyond. Read on to find out how people celebrate the Persian New Year.

Get ready for green lights, green hats, even green beer! Saint Patrick's Day is on 17 March. Why is Ireland's national day such a worldwide party?

March 8 is International Women's Day, but the global campaigns for equal rights for women continue all year round. Read more about #IWD in this article.