The Language Centre

Online classes learning levels

 We are offering seven levels of online classes.

Level 1 (working towards A1)

Course aims

To introduce some of the basic structures of the language through topics related to social and everyday life in the country/countries where it is spoken. The focus is on listening, speaking and reading basic materials that introduce grammatical structures which will facilitate manipulation of the language.

Previous knowledge required

None

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes for level 1 (parts 1 and 2) are equivalent to level A1 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) guidelines used across Europe to describe achievements of learners of foreign language.

Progression

Students who complete part 1 of level 1 in the autumn go on to part 2 in the spring. After completion of the whole of level 1, students are ready to move on to Level 2 next year.

Level 2 (working towards A1/A2)

Course aims

To build on grammatical structures and vocabulary you may be familiar with but need to consolidate, develop speaking, writing and comprehension skills, and prepare for guided communication in real life situations in the countries where the language is spoken. Grammatical structures of the language are practised with authentic materials. The target language is used as much as possible in class.

Who is this course for?

For learners with previous basic knowledge of the language. This is the right level for you if:

  • you have done level 1 of our evening class programme or a beginners course elsewhere
  • you have completed approximately 80 hours of previous study (40 hours contact time and 40 hours personal study)
  • you studied the language at school some time ago and feel you need a refresher

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes for level 2 (parts 1 and 2) are equivalent to level A1/A2 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) guidelines used across Europe to describe achievements of learners of foreign language.

Progression

Students who complete part 1 of level 2 in the autumn go on to part 2 in the spring. After completion of the whole of level 2, students are ready to move on to Level 3 next year.

Level 3 (working towards A2+)

Course aims

To continue previous study, consolidate and introduce more advanced grammatical structures and vocabulary, develop speaking, writing and comprehension skills, and prepare for communication in real life situations in the countries where the language is spoken. Grammatical structures of the language are practised with authentic materials. The target language is used as much as possible in class.

Who is this course for?

For learners with previous basic knowledge of the language. This is the right level for you if:

  • you have done level 2 of our evening class programme or equivalent
  • you have a high A1/low A2 on the CEFR
  • you have competed approximately 160 hours of previous language study (e.g. pre-GCSE or equivalent)
  • you have a rusty GCSE or O level

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes for level 3 (parts 1 and 2) are equivalent to level A2 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) guidelines used across Europe to describe achievements of learners of foreign language.

Progression

Students who complete part 1 of level 3 in the autumn go on to part 2 in the spring. After completion of the whole of level 3, students are ready to move on to level 4 next year.

Level 4 (working towards B1)

Course aims

A continuation of previous study to further develop speaking, writing and comprehension skills, extend your range of grammatical structures and vocabulary and to prepare you for more complex communication in real life situations in the countries where the language is spoken. More advanced grammatical structures of the language are practised with authentic materials and the target language is used predominantly in class. You will study language through a variety of themes relevant to the country/countries where the language is spoken.

Who is this course for?

For learners who have previous knowledge of the language. This is the right level for you if:

  • you have done level 3 of our evening class programme or equivalent
  • you have a high A2 on the CEFR
  • you have completed approximately 240 hours of previous language study
  • you have a good recent GCSE

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes for level 4 (parts 1 and 2) are equivalent to level B1 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) guidelines used across Europe to describe achievements of learners of foreign language.

Progression

Students who complete part 1 of level 4 in the autumn go on to part 2 in the spring. After completion of the whole of level 4, students are ready to move on to level 5 next year.

Advanced (working towards B2 and beyond)

Course aims

To further develop communication skills and fluency and promote increased accuracy in use of grammatical structures and vocabulary. Advanced grammatical structures of the language are practised with authentic materials and the target language is used throughout. You will study language through a variety of themes relevant to the country/countries where the language is spoken.

Who is this course for?

This class assumes that learners have extensive previous knowledge of the language. This is the right level for you if:

  • you have done level 4 or 5 of our evening class programme or equivalent
  • you have AS or A level
  • you have a level equivalent to B1/B2 on the CEFR 

Learning outcomes

Working towards level B2/B2+ of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) guidelines used across Europe to describe achievements of learners of foreign language. You can expect to be able to communicate with reasonable fluency at the end of the course.

Advanced+ (Italian only) (working towards C1 and beyond)

Course aims

To further develop communication skills and fluency and promote increased accuracy in use of grammatical structures and vocabulary. Advanced grammatical structures of the language are practised with authentic materials and the target language is used throughout. You will study language through a variety of themes relevant to the country/countries where the language is spoken.

Who is this course for?

This class assumes that learners have extensive previous knowledge of the language. This is the right level for you if:

  • you have done the Advanced level of our evening class programme and are ready for a new challenge
  • you have a very good recent A level
  • you have a level equivalent to B2 on the CEFR 

Learning outcomes

Working towards level C1 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) guidelines used across Europe to describe achievements of learners of foreign language. You can expect to be able to communicate with fluency at the end of the course. 

The Language Centre

University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 74 86500
email: LanguageCentre@nottingham.ac.uk