Learning Spanish in Spain – What are the Spanish Course Level Equivalents in Spain?

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Spanish language courses in Spain are divided into levels according to something called the Common European Framework, which divides learners into three broad divisions athat are subdivided into six levels. Each level describes what a learner should be capable of in the speaking, listening, reading and writing skill sets.

 

Spanish in Spain – Spanish Course Levels

Here are the levels of Spanish taught at Spanish schools in Spain:

A1 – Absolute beginner / Beginner (Spanish 101)

A2 – Elementary (Spanish 102)

B1 – Intermediate (Spanish 201)

B2 – Upper Intermediate (Spanish 202)

C1 – Advanced

C2 – Mastery

 

Spanish in Spain – Spanish Course Levels – Detailed Description

A1 – Absolute beginner / Beginner (Spanish 101)

Also referred to as “breakthrough” level. Students should be able to understand and use everyday expressions and basic phrases, be able to introduce themselves to others and exchange basic information about themselves and the people they are speaking with. Students at this level of Spanish should be able to verbally interact with Spanish speakers, assuming that the Spanish speakers are talking clearly and slowly.

A2 – Elementary (Spanish 102)

Also referred to as “waystage” level. At this level of Spanish students should be able to understand Spanish sentences and commonly used expressions required to get along in ones daily routine. Students should have learned enough Spanish to communicate routine and simple tasks with simple, direct exchanges of information related to common, daily routines. They should also be able to describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment, and matters in areas of immediate need.

B1 – Intermediate (Spanish 201)

Also referred to as “threshold” level. Students should have learned enough Spanish to understand the main points of clear input (Spanish conversation, reading, etc.) on matters frequently encountered in work or school environments, they should be able to communicate in Spanish simple and connected texts on topics that they are interested in or familiar with. Students should also be able to describe in Spanish events, experiences, and ambitions, as well as being able to give reasons and explanations in Spanish for opinions and plans.

B2 – Upper Intermediate (Spanish 202)

Also referred to as “vantage” level. At this level, students should have learned enough Spanish to be able to understand the main ideas of more complex texts in Spanish. They should be able to speak Spanish sufficiently well and with a a degree of fluency that makes speaking with native Spanish speakers possible without too much difficulty for either party. Students should be able to communicate clear, detailed text on a wider range of topics and be able to explain their viewpoints on different topics.

C1 – Advanced

Also referred to as “effective operational proficiency”.  Students should have learned enough Spanish to understand a wide range of more demanding, more complex sentences and clauses, and be able to recognize implicit meaning. At this level students should be able to express their ideas more fluently and spontaneously without obvious searching for expressions. Students should be able to use the Spanish language effectively and flexibly for academic, social, and professional purposes. They should also be able to produce well-structured, clear, and detailed text on complex subjects and demonstrate their ability to use organizational patterns, connectors, and cohesive devices in a controlled manner.

C2 – Mastery

Also referred to as “proficiency” level. At this level students should have learned enough Spanish to understand pretty much everything heard or read. They should be able to summarize information from different written and spoken sources and be able to reconstruct descriptions and arguments in a coherent manner. Personal expression should come spontaneously, fluently, and precisely, and the speaker should be able to differentiate between finer shades of meaning in complex situations.