Language Levels

ILSC offers a wide range of courses at 11 progressive language levels: from Beginner One (B1) to Advanced Three (A3).  ILSC's core courses are typically offered at all 11 levels, while afternoon skills courses often combine students from two successive levels, allowing them to share their strengths and skills with other students.

To get an idea of what language level you might be, and how your language skills can progress at ILSC, read our level descriptions.  

Beginner 1 & Beginner 2 (B1 & B2)

I can understand and say a few words, very simple and polite phrases.

For example:

  • I can greet others and say good-bye 
  • I can give a little information about myself
  • I can read a menu and street signs

Beginner 3 & Beginnger 4 (B3 & B4)

I can understand and say simple sentences, have short conversations, give short descriptions or tell stories about familiar topics.

For example:

  • I can talk about the weather or plans for the weekend with a classmate.
  • I can ask for help when I’m shopping.
  • I can understand simple commercials.

Intermediate 1 & Intermediate 2 (I1 & I2)

I can understand and participate in formal and informal conversations, group interactions and discussions on familiar topics.

For example:

  • I can make suggestions and arrangements for a party.
  • I can express my opinions in class discussions.
  • I can give instructions on how to cook a dish.

Intermediate 3 & Intermediate 4 (I3 & I4)

I can participate in formal and informal conversations, group interactions and discussions on familiar topics, general knowledge and some specialized situations.

For example:

  • I can respond to my friend’s complaints and make suggestions on how to fix them.
  • I can discuss controversial social issues in a class debate.
  • I can give detailed, multi-step instructions on how to make something.

Advanced 1 & Advanced 2 (A1 & A2)

I can understand and participate in complex conversations on a broad variety of topics, and can present on specialized topics in my field. I can follow extended discussions, lectures or presentations.

For example:

  • I can persuade a person or group to make a donation.
  • I can train a co-worker on how to carry out a complex procedure at work.
  • I can run a meeting and keep the discussion on topic.
 

 

For certain courses and programs you will need to take ILSC's PROLA test (Pre-registration Online Lanague Asessment) to determine that you meet the entry requirement for the course. Programs that require the PROLA will list this requirement under the How to Apply section.