English for Business Syllabus
- The syllabus describes the vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills needed at each level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
- The syllabus uses ‘can do’ statements which highlight what you can do when you reach the end of a level. This is accepted best practice across language teaching.
- The syllabus is not prescriptive. It can be adapted to meet your needs.
- Please note we recommend that Beginner/A1 students take a General English course.
About the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
- This is a common framework which outlines a series of levels against which all European languages can be referenced. Each level demonstrates a student’s progression in being able to effectively communicate in that language.
- At each level a series of ‘can do’ statements describe what you are able to do in terms of vocabulary, grammar and your core skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing.
- Cambridge ESOL estimates it takes the following amount of time to progress up the levels. In terms of guided learning hours: A2, 180–200; B1, 350–400; B2, 500–600; C1, 700–800, and C2, 1,000–1,200. Please note these figures are approximate.
- This framework allows you to plan your study and set clear learning objectives.
|Level group||Level group name||Level||Level name|
|A||Basic user||A1||Breakthrough or Beginner|
|A2||Waystage or Elementary|
|B||Independent user||B1||Threshold or Intermediate|
|B2||Vantage or Upper Intermediate|
|C||Proficient user||C1||Effective Operational Proficiency or Advanced|
|C2||Mastery or Proficiency|