English Speaking
Introduction to our English levels

At TIA The Image Academy you will study in a class or individually with other participants who are at the same level of English as you. 

On your first day at the Academy after enrollment, you will be given a test in grammar; writing, listening and speaking (don't worry: it's quite informal!) and you will continue your session accordingly.

If you are not sure what level you are now, have a look at the descriptions below. Of course, it's quite possible to be (for example) one level in your grammar and writing, and quite another in your fluency or listening. If that is the case, you will be put in a class that helps you concentrate on the areas that need it most.

Description of the levels:
  1. Beginner (1)
  2. Elementary (2)
  3. Pre-Intermediate (3)
  4. Intermediate (4)
  5. Upper-Intermediate (5)
  6. Advanced (6)
  7. Proficient (7)
1: Beginner

If you are at Beginner level, you have never studied English.

Your ability
You might know a few English words, like 'hello', 'taxi', and 'football'. After only a week's study at Beginner level, you will be able to say your name and nationality, ask basic questions and give basic answers. You will know the alphabet, and numbers to 100. You will be able to shop or travel with basic English and some help. You will know the fundamentals of English pronunciation.

2: Elementary

If you are at Elementary level, you can communicate in a very basic way, mainly in the present and past simple. Your vocabulary covers everyday useful subject areas.

Your ability
By the end of Elementary level, you can make simple sentences and reply to questions on a range of personal and common subjects. You can talk about your likes and dislikes, family, and routines. You can order a meal in a restaurant or go shopping in English.

3: Pre-Intermediate

If you are at Pre-intermediate level, you have a good basic ability to communicate and understand, but you can make great improvement in all areas.

Your ability
You can talk about many subjects and give your opinion on them. You can talk with confidence in the present, past and future simple tenses. You can perform tasks such as shopping, booking a hotel room, travel, and making conversation in English. Your grammar includes an understanding of adjectives, adverbs, comparatives, articles, possessives, and basic prepositions.

4: Intermediate

If you are at Intermediate level, you understand and speak English with some confidence.

Your ability
You have the grammar and the vocabulary to talk and read about a wide number of subjects. You have some understanding of tone and style. You can assess and consciously improve your own pronunciation. You have studied all the main tenses and can confidently make sentences, question forms and clauses in all of them. You are beginning to look at phrasal and modal verbs.

5: Upper-Intermediate

If you are at Upper-Intermediate level, you have an effective, but not perfect, use of English.

Your ability
You can talk almost fluently and almost completely accurately. Everyday situations in an English-language environment do not worry you. You can take part in extended conversations or discussions and your vocabulary covers almost every circumstance. If you do not know a word you can almost always find a way of describing it. You have knowledge of some idiomatic English, phrasal verbs, and colloquial expressions. You have studied all main areas of English grammar.

6: Advanced

Advanced is the highest level most students attain without the total immersion of living in another country.

Your ability
Your spoken English is both fluent and accurate. Your vocabulary is wide and you have a good knowledge of collocation, phrasal verbs, colloquial expressions and idioms. All common areas of grammar are familiar to you. 

7: Proficient

Proficiency is the highest level we recognize.

Your ability
You are fluent and rarely encounter English which you do not understand. However, it is always possible to improve by increasing your understanding of the nuances of the English language and by developing your vocabulary further.