ES  Lacunza IH San Sebastián

Spanish levels

Niveles de español


No knowledge of Spanish. Has never learnt, studied or spoken Spanish formally nor informally.

A1 (Breakthrough) 60 hours

Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases. Can introduce themselves and interact in a simple way.

A2 (Elementary) 90 – 120 hours

Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to everyday situations. Can communicate and exchange information about simple routine tasks. Can describe in simple terms their background, immediate environment and everyday matters.

B1 (Intermediate) 120 - 180 hours

Can understand main points of a conversation about familiar topics. Can deal with most situations in Spanish while travelling. Can produce simple connected text on familiar topics. Can describe experiences, events, dreams, hopes and ambitions. Can briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

B2 (Upper intermediate) 150 - 180 hours

Can understand the main ideas of a complex text about concrete or abstract topics. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity with native speakers without strain for either party. Can produce a clear detailed text on a wide range of subjects. Can explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving advantages and disadvantages for various options.

C1 (Advanced) 180 hours

Can understand a range of demanding longer texts and recognize implicit meaning. Can express ideas fluently and spontaneously. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed texts on complex subjects with controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

C2 (Proficiency) 240 hours

Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources and reconstruct arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express themselves spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning in even the most complex of situations.