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Level C1 corresponds to proficient users of the language, who can perform complex tasks related to social, academic, and professional situations, 

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 C1-level learner of English do?

Learners who achieve C1 level:

  • can understand a wide range of more demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning in them
  • can express themselves fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for the right expression
  • can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic, and professional purposes. They can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing correct use of organisational patterns, connectors, and cohesive devices.

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