Language levels

We offer five levels of language modules from complete beginner to advanced.

Our entry requirements can be found below. We have different requirements depending on the language you want to study. If you have any questions or want to check if a qualification is eligible contact us at lfa@leeds.ac.uk

 

Levels for our French, German, Italian and Spanish modules

We use the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Below you can see the requirements for our modules and the level we expect you will achieve if you complete the module.

 Level  Requirements Expected level on completion
 Beginner
  • No prior knowledge of the language is required
 A1/A2 CEFR level
 Elementary
  • Completion of beginner level Languages for All module
  • A1 CEFR level
  • An agreed alternative
A2/B1 CEFR level- the equivalent of a good GCSE grade
 Lower intermediate
  • Completion of Elementary level Languages for All module
  • GCSE grade A-C or 4-9 in the new system
  • A2 CEFR level
  • An agreed alternative
 B1 CEFR level
 Upper intermediate
  • Completion of Lower intermediate languages for All module
  • AS level grade A-C
  • B1 CEFR level
  • An agreed equivalent
B2 CEFR level
 Advanced
  • Completion of the Languages for All Upper intermediate level
  • A level grade A-C
  • B1/B2 CEFR level
  • An agreed equivalent
B2/C1 CEFR level
 Advanced plus
  • Completion of the Languages for All Advanced module
  • 6-12 months living in a country
  • Near native fluency
  • B2/C1 CEFR level
C1/C2 CEFR level

Levels for our Japanese, Korean and Mandarin Chinese modules

Below are the levels that are required for entry to our Japanese, Korean and Mandarin Chinese modules.

      Beginners

        This module is open to people with no previous knowledge of the language. If you have studied the language before, an assessment with a module tutor will be required. 

      Elementary

      To start the elementary module you will need to demonstrate the following level in the language you wish to study:

      • Some awareness of cultural and linguistic differences between the use of the language and English.  
      • An understanding of commonly used vocabulary and everyday expressions.
      • A basic knowledge of grammar such as sentence structure.    
      • Extract the key information from simple audio material.
      • Understand and make themselves understood by a sympathetic native speaker in specific contexts.    
      • Produce short pieces of independent writing.
      • Handle short conversations in a familiar context.    
      • Be able to ask and answer a range of simple questions and demonstrate knowledge of future and past tenses.

      Japanese

      • Read and write hiragana, katakana and c.20-30 kanji.
      • Have an awareness of character origin, form and different readings.

      Korean

      • Be able to read Hangul in a text without particularly understanding the content. 
      • Be able to write a short paragraph (eg about yourself) in Hangul.

      Mandarin

      • Understand the rules of Chinese characters.
      • Recognise some common Chinese words - see HSK level 1 (150 words).
      • Copy and write some basic characters accurately.

        Lower intermediate

          • Demonstrate an understanding of commonly used instructions, vocabulary, requests and expressions.
          • Demonstrate some awareness of cultural and linguistic differences between the use of the target language and English.
          • Demonstrate knowledge of key areas of grammar, including continuous tenses and comparative and superlative forms.
          • Extract accurately the key information from audio material.
          • Read short texts.
          • Produce short pieces of independent writing.
          • Understand and make themselves understood by a sympathetic native speaker in specific contexts.
          • Demonstrate an understanding of more complex sentences and expressing degree.

          Japanese

          • Read and write c.100-120 kanji and have an awareness of structure, form, radicals and rules of writing kanji.
          • Be comfortable with hiragana and katakana.
          • Demonstrate an understanding of a range of particles.

          Korean

          • Be able to read any kind of provided text with some understanding.
          • Be able to demonstrate an ability to form some complicated sentence structures by using a variety of vocabulary and grammar (eg two different endings).

          Mandarin

          • Recognise c300 Chinese words - see HSK level 2.
          • Write a good number of common words in characters confidently and accurately.