Study English level B1

English level B1

English level B1 (Pre-Intermediate / Intermediate) is the third CEFR English language level.

We provide the international CEFR description, followed by study targets and links to our free online English training.

At the end of English level B1, you can:

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

(Adapted from the international CEFR framework. This is set out by the Council of Europe (2001) Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: learning, teaching, assessment.)


Study targets for English level B1

Here are our study targets for the key components of English level B1.

You can also click on different items for free online English lessons, which include descriptions of each language point, examples and quizzes.

English communication (B1)

  • Describing experiences and events
  • Expressing hopes and ambitions
  • Describing feelings
  • Giving reasons
  • Giving opinions
  • Expressing preferences
  • Stating obligations
  • Expressing certainty
  • Describing events in the past
  • Describing events in the future

English vocabulary (B1)

  • Feelings and emotions
  • Travel and transport
  • Entertainment
  • Leisure activities
  • Sport, health and fitness
  • Education
  • News and media
  • Technology
  • Time expressions for the past
  • Time expressions for the future

English grammar (B1)

Other English levels

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For more information about each English level and study targets, choose one of the six levels below:

English courses

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