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Foundation Level


  • Can understand a few everyday expressions of simple functions in known situations
  • Can produce some single words and set phrases in response, or can make requests using, for example, a single word + 'please' ('Salt, please').
  • Little structural grasp, except in reading, where (s)he can recognize the existence of a few basic structural contrasts (e.g. singular/plural or continuous v. simple) even if not always certain exactly what they mean.
  • Can substitute items in one or two structural patterns in writing, but not manipulate the patterns any further.


Level 1+2
  • Can understand many simple expressions of everyday basic functions in familiar situations
  • Grasp what the basic topic of a conversation in English is. Can produce understandable questions and answers involving information above basic (e.g. Not only 'What is your name?' but ‘What does your father do?') even if structures often go wrong and words are not known.
  • In reading can follow very simplified stories or information, and recognize the meanings of a number of structural contrasts (e.g. ‘the’/‘a’ or ‘I go’/‘I'm going’),
  • Can write a few simple but connected sentences on a given topic with some awareness of the forms required, even if not always using them correctly.