Study English level B2

English level B2

English level B2 (Upper Intermediate) is the fourth 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 B2, you can:

  • understand the main ideas of complex text on a variety of topics, including technical discussions in your field of specialisation.
  • interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
  • 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.

(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 B2

Here are our study targets for the key components of English level B2.

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

English communication (B2)

  • Describing experiences
  • Expressing opinions
  • Expressing agreement and disagreement
  • Giving advice with advantages and disadvantages
  • Making suggestions
  • Expressing feelings and emotions
  • Reporting events
  • Speculating about events in past, present, future
  • Adding emphasis
  • Describing hopes and regrets

English vocabulary (B2)

  • Work and education
  • Lifestyles
  • Money
  • Crime and punishment
  • Technology
  • Media and communication
  • Global issues
  • Multi-word verbs
  • Reporting verbs
  • Linking expressions

English grammar (B2)

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

You can also develop faster by taking English courses with qualified English teachers.

English for Work and English Exams

You may now want to focus on specific areas, such as:

  • English for Work. This includes Business English, Legal English and more.
  • English examinations. You can also prepare for one of the internationally-recognised English proficiency exams, and some of the most popular and the Cambridge exams and IELTS.