B1 English level (intermediate)

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Understanding English levels

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is a way of describing language ability and is often used to help language learners choose learning materials and courses at the right level.

The CEFR has six levels, from A1 to C2. For each level, the CEFR describes what a learner can do when speaking, reading, listening and writing in English. 

The British Council has produced a useful table for learners to understand the levels of British Council courses, the CEFR levels and different exams.

English levels

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.

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