What is B2 2 language level?

​​​​​Overall oral productionCan give clear, systematically developed descriptions and presentations, with appropriate highlightingof significant points, and relevant supporting deta

What is B2 2 language level?

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​Overall oral production

Can give clear, systematically developed descriptions and presentations, with appropriate highlightingof significant points, and relevant supporting detail.


​​Can give clear, detailed descriptions and presentations on a wide range of subjects related to his/her fieldof interest, expanding and supporting ideas with subsidiary points and relevant examples.

​​​Sustained monologue:describing experience


​Can give clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects related to his/her field of interest.

​​​​​Sustained monologue: putting a case (e.g in a debate)

Can develop an argument systematically with appropriate highlighting of significant points, andrelevant supporting detail.


​​Can develop a clear argument, expanding and supporting his/her points of view at some length withsubsidiary points and relevant examples.
Can construct a chain of reasoned argument.
Can explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

​​Can deliver announcements on most general topics with a degree of clarity, fluency and spontaneitywhich causes no strain or inconvenience to the listener.

Can give a clear, systematically developed presentation, with highlighting of significant points, andrelevant supporting detail.
Can depart spontaneously from a prepared text and follow up interesting points raised by members ofthe audience, often showing remarkable fluency and ease of expression.


​​Can give a clear, prepared presentation, giving reasons in support of or against a particular point ofview and giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
Can take a series of follow up questions with a degree of fluency and spontaneity which poses no strainfor either him/herself or the audience.

​​​​​​Overall written production

​​Can write clear, detailed texts on a variety of subjects related to his/her field of interest, synthesising andevaluating information and arguments from a number of sources.

Can write clear, detailed descriptions of real or imaginary events and experiences, marking the relationshipbetween ideas in clear connected text, and following established conventions of the genre concerned.


​​Can write clear, detailed descriptions on a variety of subjects related to his/her field of interest.
Can write a review of a film, book or play.

Can write an essay or report which develops an argument systematically with appropriate highlightingof significant points and relevant supporting detail.
Can evaluate different ideas or solutions to a problem.


​​Can write an essay or report which develops an argument, giving reasons in support of or against aparticular point of view and explaining the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
​Can synthesise information and arguments from a number of sources.

​​Can plan what is to be said and the means to say it, considering the effect on the recipient/s.

​​Can use circumlocution and paraphrase to cover gaps in vocabulary and structure.

​​Can correct slips and errors if he/she becomes conscious of them or if they have led tomisunderstandings.
Can make a note of favourite mistakes and consciously monitor speech for it/them.

​​Overall listening comprehension

Can understand standard spoken language, live or broadcast, on both familiar and unfamiliar topicsnormally encountered in personal, social, academic or vocational life. Only extreme background noise,inadequate discourse structure and/or idiomatic usage influences the ability to understand.


​​Can understand the main ideas of propositionally and linguistically complex speech on both concreteand abstract topics delivered in a standard dialect, including technical discussions in his/her field ofspecialisation.
Can follow extended speech and complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar,and the direction of the talk is sign-posted by explicit markers.


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​Understanding conversation between native speakers

Can keep up with an animated conversation between native speakers.


​​Can with some effort catch much of what is said around him/her, but may find it difficult to participateeffectively in discussion with several native speakers who do not modify their language in any way.

​​​​Listening as a member of a live audience

​​Can follow the essentials of lectures, talks and reports and other forms of academic/professionalpresentation which are propositionally and linguistically complex.

​​Listening to announcements and instructions

​​Can understand announcements and messages on concrete and abstract topics spoken in standarddialect at normal speed.

​​Listening to audio media and recordings

Can understand recordings in standard dialect likely to be encountered in social, professional oracademic life and identify speaker viewpoints and attitudes as well as the information content.


​​​Can understand most radio documentaries and most other recorded or broadcast audio materialdelivered in standard dialect and can identify the speakers mood, tone etc.

​​Overall reading comprehension

​​Can read with a large degree of independence, adapting style and speed of reading to different texts andpurposes, and using appropriate reference sources selectively. Has a broad active reading vocabulary, butmay experience some difficulty with low frequency idioms.

Can read correspondence relating to his/her field of interest and readily grasp the essential meaning.


​​​Reading for orientation

​​Can scan quickly through long and complex texts, locating relevant details.
Can quickly identify the content and relevance of news items, articles and reports on a wide range ofprofessional topics, deciding whether closer study is worthwhile.

​​Reading for information and argument

Can obtain information, ideas and opinions from highly specialised sources within his/her field.
Can understand specialised articles outside his/her field, provided he/she can use a dictionaryoccasionally to confirm his/her interpretation of terminology.


​​Can understand articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adoptparticular stances or viewpoints.

​​Can understand lengthy, complex instructions in his field, including details on conditions and warnings,provided he/she can reread difficult sections.

​​Can understand most TV news and current affairs programmes.
Can understand documentaries, live interviews, talk shows, plays and the majority of films in standarddialect.

​​Identifying cues and inferring (Spoken & Written)

​​Can use a variety of strategies to achieve comprehension, including listening for main points; checkingcomprehension by using contextual clues.

​​​​Overall spoken interaction

Can use the language fluently, accurately and effectively on a wide range of general, academic,vocational or leisure topics, marking clearly the relationships between ideas. Can communicatespontaneously with good grammatical control without much sign of having to restrict what he/shewants to say, adopting a level of formality appropriate to the circumstances.


​​Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction, and sustainedrelationships with native speakers quite possible without imposing strain on either party. Can highlightthe personal significance of events and experiences, account for and sustain views clearly by providingrelevant explanations and arguments.

​​Understanding a native speakerinterlocutor

​​Can understand in detail what is said to him/her in the standard spoken language even in a noisyenvironment.

​​Can engage in extended conversation on most general topics in a clearly participatory fashion, even in anoisy environment.
Can sustain relationships with native speakers without unintentionally amusing or irritating them orrequiring them to behave other than they would with a native speaker.
​Can convey degrees of emotion and highlight the personal significance of events and experiences.

​​Informal discussion (with friends)

Can keep up with an animated discussion between native speakers.
Can express his/her ideas and opinions with precision, and present and respond to complex lines ofargument convincingly.


​​Can take an active part in informal discussion in familiar contexts, commenting, putting point of viewclearly, evaluating alternative proposals and making and responding to hypotheses.
Can with some effort catch much of what is said around him/her in discussion, but may find it difficultto participate effectively in discussion with several native speakers who do not modify their language inany way.
Can account for and sustain his/her opinions in discussion by providing relevant explanations,arguments and comments.


​Formal discussion and meetings

Can keep up with an animated discussion, identifying accurately arguments supporting and opposingpoints of view.
Can express his/her ideas and opinions with precision, present and respond to complex lines of argumentconvincingly.


​​​Can participate actively in routine and non-routine formal discussion.
Can follow the discussion on matters related to his/her field, understand in detail the points givenprominence by the speaker.
Can contribute, account for and sustain his/her opinion, evaluate alternative proposals and make andrespond to hypotheses.

​​​​Goal-Oriented co-operation(e.g. repairing a car, discussing a document, organising an event)

​​Can understand detailed instructions reliably.
Can help along the progress of the work by inviting others to join in, say what they think, etc.
Can outline an issue or a problem clearly, speculating about causes or consequences, and weighingadvantages and disadvantages of different approaches.

​​Transactions to obtain goods and services

Can cope linguistically to negotiate a solution to a dispute like an undeserved traffic ticket, financialresponsibility for damage in a flat, for blame regarding an accident.
Can outline a case for compensation, using persuasive language to demand satisfaction and state clearlythe limits to any concession he/she is prepared to make.


​​Can explain a problem which has arisen and make it clear that the provider of the service/customermust make a concession.

Can understand and exchange complex information and advice on the full range of matters related tohis/her occupational role.


​​​​Can pass on detailed information reliably.
Can give a clear, detailed description of how to carry out a procedure.
Can synthesise and report information and arguments from a number of sources.

​​​​​​​​​Interviewing and being interviewed

Can carry out an effective, fluent interview, departing spontaneously from prepared questions, followingup and probing interesting replies.


​​Can take initiatives in an interview, expand and develop ideas with little help or prodding from aninterviewer.

​​Overall written interaction

​​Can express news and views effectively in writing, and relate to those of others.

​​Can write letters conveying degrees of emotion and highlighting the personal significance of events andexperiences and commenting on the correspondents news and views.

​​Can take messages communicating enquiries, explaining problems.Can write notes conveying simple information of immediate relevance to friends, service people, teachers and others who feature in his/her everyday life, getting across comprehensively the points he/she feels are important.



​Taking the floor (turntaking)

​​Can intervene appropriately in discussion, exploiting appropriate language to do so.
Can initiate, maintain and end discourse appropriately with effective turntaking.
Can initiate discourse, take his/her turn when appropriate and end conversation when he/she needs to,though he/she may not always do this elegantly.
Can use stock phrases (e.g. Thats a difficult question to answer) to gain time and keep the turn whilstformulating what to say.

Can give feedback on and follow up statements and inferences and so help the development of thediscussion.
​Can help the discussion along on familiar ground, confirming comprehension, inviting others in, etc.

​​​​Asking for clarification

​​Can ask someone to clarify or elaborate what they have just said.

​​Note-taking(lectures, seminars, etc.)

​​Can understand a clearly structured lecture on a familiar subject, and can take notes on points whichstrikehim/her as important, even though he/she tends to concentrate on the words themselves andtherefore to miss some information.

​​Can collate short pieces of information from several sources and summarise them for somebody else.
​Can paraphrase short written passages in a simple fashion, using the original text wording andordering.

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