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Level B1 corresponds to independent users of the language, who can understand information about familiar topics.

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) has six levels, from A1 for beginners, up to C2 for users who are proficient in the language. Levels are divided into three blocks: A or basic user, B or independent user, and C or proficient user.

What can an B1-level learner of English do?

Learners who achieve B1 level:

  • can understand the main points of clear texts in standard language if they are about topics with which they are familiar, whether in work, study or leisure contexts
  • can cope with most of the situations that might arise on a trip to areas where the language is used
  • can produce simple, coherent texts about topics with which they are familiar or in which they have a personal interest
  • can describe experiences, events, wishes and aspirations, as well as briefly justifying opinions or explaining plans.

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