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Language Levels at Habla Ya Spanish Schools

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Language Levels at Habla Ya

At Habla Ya Spanish Schools we have six (6) different Spanish levels, from absolute beginner to complete fluency (just as a native). Each level is defined by the degree of proficiency in specific communicative skills: oral expression, listening comprehension, reading and writing skills.

Habla Ya's Language Levels CEF / Cervantes DELE Student Profile Average Duration
Survival I A1 Elementary 60 hours - 3 weeks
Survival II A2 Beginner 60 hours - 3 weeks
Conversational I B1 Intermediate 60 hours - 3 weeks
Conversational II B2 Advanced 100 hours - 5 weeks
Fluency I C1 Proficient 100 hours - 5 weeks
Fluency II C2 Superior 400 hours - 20 weeks

60 hours of lessons are equivalent to 3 weeks in our Group 4 Course or simply 60 hours of Private Lessons. In other words, each of our first three Spanish levels (A1, A2, B1) can be completed in an average of 3 weeks each. Our fourth and fifth levels (B2, C1) take an average of 5 weeks each, and our last level (C2) varies from student to student but the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF) indicates that in average it takes 400 hours of Spanish language study.

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The amount of hours that it takes to course each level indicated above is the proposed amount by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Dedication, hard work, natural skill for language acquisition and practice can reduce the amount of hours it takes to complete each level.
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Our Level System Compared to other Language Organisations

Habla Ya ACTFL ALTE DELE CEF
  Novice Low     Breakthrough
Survival I
60 hours
Novice Mid   A1 - Certificado Elemental
Elementary Level
A1
Waystage
Survival II
60 hours
Novice High Level 1 Waystage A2 - Diploma de Principiante
Beginner Level
A2
Waystage
Conversational I
60 hours
Intermediate Mid Level 2 Threshold B1 - DELE Inicial
Intermediate Level
B1
Threshold
  Intermediate Low     A2+ Waystage
Conversational II
100 hours
Intermediate High Level 3 Independent User B2 - DELE Intermedio
Advanced Level
B2
Vantage
  Advanced Low Level 3 Independent User   B2+
Vantage
Fluency I
100 hours
Advanced Mid Level 4 Competent User C1 - Certificado Proficiente
Proficient Level
C1 Proficiency
  Advanced High Level 4 Competent User   C1+ Proficiency
Fluency II
400 hours
Superior Level 5
Good User
C2 - DELE Superior
Superior level
C2
Mastery

Key:

  • Habla Ya: Levels at Habla Ya Spanish Schools
  • ACTFL: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • ALTE: Association of Language Testers in Europe
  • CEF: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
  • DELE: Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera (the exams organised by the Instituto Cervantes)
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Our level system is built under the guidelines of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages to ensure reliable and objective rating of linguistic ability.
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Survival I (60 hours), A1 Description

Student at Elementary Spanish Level

When you finish this level you will be able to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. You will have the tools to introduce yourself and others and to ask and answer questions about personal details such as where do you live, people you know and things you do. You will be able to interact in a simple way when the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

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Survival II (60 hours) A2 Description

Student at Beginner Language Level

Students that finish this level can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). They can also communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. They will be able to describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

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Conversational I (60 hours), B1 Description

Intermediate Spanish students

When you get to finish this level you can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. As well you can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst traveling in an area where the language is spoken. Furthermore, you can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest. And finally, you can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

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Conversational II (100 hours), B2 Description

Spanish student at an advanced language level

To be considered at this level you have to be able to understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in your field of specialization. At this level you can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. With security you can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

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Fluency I (100 hours), C1 Description

Student with a proficient level of Spanish

Students who finish this level can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning. They can express themselves fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. In addition they can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. They can also produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

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Fluency II (400 hours), C2 Description

Student with a Superior Spanish Level

If you have the same abilities of a native speaker, this means that you can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. You are also able to summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. You also have to be able to express yourself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.

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