Study English level C1

English level C1

English level C1 (Advanced) is the fifth 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 C1, you can:

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

(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 C1

Here are our study targets for the key components of English level C1.

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

English communication (C1)

  • Expressing feelings and attitudes
  • Emphasising an issue or a feeling
  • Expressing opinions tentatively
  • Developing an argument systematically
  • Negotiating and conceding
  • Describing cause and effect
  • Expressing empathy and sympathy
  • Expressing reservations
  • Speculating about events in past, present, future
  • Discussing complex subjects in detail

English vocabulary (C1)

  • Life experiences and lifestyles
  • Books and literature
  • Money and business
  • News and current affairs
  • Global issues
  • Technology
  • Scientific developments
  • Vague language
  • Colloquial expressions
  • Idiomatic expressions

English grammar (C1)

  • Futures (revision)
  • Passives (all forms)
  • Compound adjectives and modifying gradable adjectives
  • Adverbs and adverbial phrases: degree
  • Modals in the past
  • Mixed conditionals
  • Ellipsis and substitution
  • Adding emphasis - cleft sentences
  • Adding emphasis - inversion with negative adverbials
  • Multiword verbs

Other English levels

English level-A1English level-A2English level-B1English level-B2English level C1English level-C2

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.