English B1 Pre-Intermediate

English level B1 (Pre-Intermediate / Working Proficiency) is the third CEFR English language level. Level B1 corresponds to independent users of the language, i.e. those who have the necessary fluency to communicate without effort with native speakers.

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)

Language Level B1

English B1 Pre-Intermediate – Anyone from this language proficiency level onward can make contributions to office meetings, have conversations with clients, and carry out most work functions requested of them. A person at level 3 or B1 can speak at a normal speed in the language and has a fairly extensive vocabulary.

Language Level B1

I can understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. I can understand the main point of many radio or TV programs on current affairs or topics of personal or professional interest when the delivery is relatively slow and clear.


I can understand texts that consist mainly of high frequency everyday or job-related language. I can understand the description of events, feelings and wishes in personal letters.

Spoken Interaction

I can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst traveling in an area where the language is spoken. I can enter unprepared into conversation on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life (e.g. family, hobbies,  work, travel and current events).

Spoken Production

I can connect phrases in a simple way in order to describe experiences and events, my dreams, hopes and ambitions. I can briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans. I can narrate a story or relate the plot of a book or film and describe my reactions.


I can write simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. I can write personal letters describing experiences and impressions.