Find out what it means to have an intermediate level of English

English is no longer a completely foreign language to you. You already know enough English to be able to understand short, simple texts, as well as being able to talk a bit about yourself and describe objects around you. However, you still don't feel confident enough to engage in conversations that go beyond the everyday subjects. So, how can you get past this stage? Come with us and we'll help you move forward on your journey to fluency with our online English course! 

What is intermediate English?

You can handle everyday matters. You can talk about yourself in the present tense (or "simple present", the popular verb "to be") and list what you do on an ordinary day at work. But talking about things that happened in the past or delving into more complex subjects outside your comfort zone seems like a big mystery. 

We know that speaking English is a process that takes time, so don't worry if you haven't yet reached the stage of feeling confident in putting the language into practice. We are here to help. With dedication and a dive into the English language, you'll see your progress in no time, and you'll achieve the fluency you need to start living in English. 

Still don't know your English level? 

What will you learn at this level when you choose our online English courses?

According to the CEFR (Common European Framework of References for Languages), the intermediate level corresponds to levels B1 and B2. Let's take a closer look at what you'll be practicing in each one of them, with the help of our school and an expert Efekta Teacher™ dedicated to your needs. 

B1 Level

Levels 7 to 9 in our course

Length: 150 hours

What you'll be able to do at the end of this stage: write simple texts about your interests and dreams (both professional and personal) and gain the vocabulary to start taking part in meetings in English. 

B1 Level

Levels 10 to 12 in our course

Length: 200 hours

What you'll be able to do at the end of this stage: Lead presentations in meetings at work, talk about finances and offer advice, talk about lifestyles and subjects that go beyond everyday situations, and start to be able to understand more complex texts.

How long does it take to finish intermediate English?

Completing this stage is one of the biggest challenges for anyone who is learning English. While at the basic level, all words and phrases are a novelty and the first results appear after just a few months of study, the intermediate level requires a new type of commitment. They have already passed the stage of memorizing more basic words and are starting to delve into more complex vocabulary and grammatical constructions, which require not only dedication but also a deeper dive into the language. 

That's why it's very difficult to determine how long a person needs to study to reach advanced English. We could tell you how many hours of content levels B1 and B2 have on our platform (around 350 hours) but learning also depends on the learner’s familiarity with the subject, as well as how much contact they have with the language outside of the classroom. 

To learn a language, you need to speak it. And our courses will get you there!

Look at everything you'll be able to do when you complete each unit of EF English Live's online intermediate English course: 

Share plans for the weekend 

Talk about your relationships 

Order food in a restaurant and ask for the check 

List personal and professional dreams 

Talk about your educational background and plans for your career 

Talk about your favorite childhood songs and movies 

Discuss situations and behaviors 

Talk about issues at work 

Participate in negotiations with suppliers 

Ask someone in the office for help 

Prepare and present reports 

Give compliments and express compassion 

And what comes next?

When you finish our intermediate English course, you will be one step closer to being fluent in English. From now on, you'll be able to talk to people and understand spoken English more confidently. But you must continue your studies to learn even more about grammar and vocabulary. That's why we have advanced and post-advanced English courses, with a teacher to guide you along the way. 

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