Level B2 corresponds to independent users of the language, i.e. those who have the necessary fluency to communicate without effort with native speakers. It is important to bear in mind that the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) is the system that defines and explains the different levels of oral and written expression and comprehension for languages such as English. It consists of 6 levels of reference: three blocks (A or basic user, B or independent user and C or proficient user), which are in turn divided into two sublevels, 1 and 2.
Skills at level B2
One of the questions you might ask yourself when you read this information is, what language competences characterise a person who can prove they have a level B2 in English?
The CEFRL specifies that students at this level should be able to:
- understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their field of specialization
- 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.