60- 100 HOURS OF GUIDED LEARNING Beginner.

Can use basic phrases and understand simple words and sentences when the other person speaks slowly and helps you along

 

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Adjectives: common and demonstrative Adverbs of frequency; Comparatives and superlatives; Going to How much/how many and very common uncountable nouns I’d like Imperatives (+/-) Intensifiers – very basic Modals: can/can’t/could/couldn’t Past simple of “to be” Past Simple Possessive adjectives Possessive s Prepositions, common Prepositions of place Prepositions of time, including in/on/at Present continuous Present simple Pronouns: simple, personal Questions; There is/are To be, including question+negatives Verb + ing: like/hate/love

 

160 – 200 HOURS OF GUIDED LEARNING Advanced beginner

Can understand on a slightly higher than A1. Ability to understand basic sentences, describe basic family and personal information, shopping, employment, simple expressions

 

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Adjectives – comparative, – use of than and definite article; Adjectives – superlative – use of definite article Adverbial phrases of time, place and frequency – including word order Adverbs of frequency Articles – with countable and uncountable nouns Countables and Uncountables: much/many Future Time (will and going to) Gerunds Going to Imperatives Modals – can/could Modals – have to Modals – should Past continuous Past simple Phrasal verbs – common Possessives – use of ‘s, s’ Prepositional phrases (place, time and movement) Prepositions of time: on/in/at Present continuous Present continuous for future Present perfect Questions Verb + ing/infinitive: like/ want-would like Wh-questions in past Zero and 1st conditional

 

250 – 400 HOURS OF GUIDED LEARNING Beginner intermediate

Can understand clearly the main point of communication which is familiar. Can converse in the language sufficiently so as to be understood and to understand familiar subjects and topics.

 

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Adverbs Broader range of intensifiers such as too, enough Comparatives and superlatives; Complex question tags Conditionals, 2nd and 3rd Connecting words expressing cause and effect, contrast etc. Future continuous Modals – must/can’t deduction Modals – might, may, will, probably Modals – should have/might have/etc Modals: must/have to Past continuous Past perfect Past simple Past tense responses Phrasal verbs, extended Present perfect continuous Present perfect/past simple Reported speech (range of tenses) Simple passive Wh- questions in the past Will and going to, for prediction

 

500 – 650 HOURS OF GUIDED LEARNING Intermediate

Can understand the main ideas of more complex text. Can have a technical discussion on a subject of your specialization. Can use vocabulary appropriate to this area of specialization

 

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Adjectives and adverbs; Future continuous; Future; Future perfect continuous; Mixed conditionals Modals – can’t have, needn’t have Modals of deduction and speculation Narrative tenses Passives Past perfect Past perfect continuous Phrasal verbs, extended Relative clauses Reported speech Will and going to, for prediction Wish Would expressing habits, in the past

 

750-950 GUIDED LEARNING HOURS Upper intermediate

Can communicate verbally and in writing using longer sentence structures and longer texts. Can understand implicit meanings within text. Can express ideas in a spontaneous way without help and coaching. Can communicate effectively in academic and professional contexts.

 

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Futures (revision)Inversion with negative adverbials Mixed conditionals in past, present and future Modals in the past Narrative tenses for experience, incl. passive Passive forms, all Phrasal verbs, especially splitting Wish/if only regrets

 


SOURCE: British Council – EAQUALS Core Inventory for General English