Before you decide where to study and choose a language school, you must first know your language level. Unless you are a beginner, you need to take a level test to decide your language level and find you a group. Often, your level is decided by the result of a test plus your ability to converse you’re your teacher on the first day of the course.
Knowing your level is very important when choosing a language course. If you’re a beginner or an elementary learner, you’ll have difficulty understanding lessons in the courses intended for intermediate or advanced learners. On the other hand, it would be a bummer if you’re an intermediate or advanced learner and you enrolled in a course intended for beginners and elementary language learners.
In general, however, language schools do not need to know your exact language level before arriving. They will normally put you in a group at an appropriate level after careful assessment of your skills. If you find a program too difficult or too easy, you’ll have no problem changing up or down a level.
The basic guidelines below will help you decide which language level to choose when you are checking availability or already making a booking:
- Beginner learners – Learners in this level have no prior knowledge of their target language.
- Elementary learners – Here, learners can ‘do the basics like counting, reciting the alphabet, introducing themselves, asking, and answering simple questions.
- Intermediate learners – Learners in this level can ‘get by in the foreign language on a daily basis; however, they have limited vocabulary and are not that familiar with advanced grammar.
- Advanced learners – Here, learners have good knowledge of the foreign language with a broad vocabulary (a university graduate, for example); they also write and speak the language at a higher level making less mistakes.