Levels and Placement

Finding the right level language class is important. That’s why we have developed a range of online tests to assess your foreign language aptitude. Since these tests primarily measure your knowledge of the language to be learned, LSI Zurich offers trial lessons in order to evaluate your abilities. You have the opportunity to take part in an ongoing class, talk to the teacher and determine if the course on offer is the one that best corresponds to your needs.


Language levels

The LSI Zurich Language Levels are based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).


A1 Basic User

Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.


A2 Basic User

Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.


B1 Independent User

Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.


B2 Independent User

Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.


C1 Proficient User

Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.


C2 Proficient User

Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.

Special Offers on Courses at LSI San Diego

50% off all September Cambridge Courses at LSI San Diego.

Take a FCE, CAE or CPE at LSI San Diego and pay half the course price plus the regular registration fee. Courses start on September 16th and run for 10 to 12 weeks. Bookings need to made and paid for by September 27th to qualify for the discount.

Contact​  zur@lsi.edu or info@lsi.edu to make a booking or request more details.



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