At IML, the choice of level is based on self-assessment. There is no placement test. 

Beginners

Students with no previous experience in face-to-face language study can choose from the courses listed below, depending on their availability and learning objectives. All of the following courses are suitable for beginners:

Type of course* No of hours Focus Further study
Survival 12hr Conversation Level 1
Short Course 16hr Conversation Level 1
Level 1 45/46hr Speaking, Reading, Listening, Writing Level 2

* course availability varies, depending on the language

Beginners interested in learning grammar and script should consider a Level 1 course. Level 1 includes more in-depth study of a language and prepares students for Level 2.

For a detailed list of all topics covered in each course, please see course outlines available as PDF documents on our website (please select your language and then click on offered Levels to see relevant links).

Student with previous knowledge

There is no placement test. To select the most appropriate course, we encourage students to compare course outlines available as PDF documents on our website (please select your language and then click on offered Levels to see relevant links). We also recommend to view the textbook and the chapters covered in the course at IML Library (Building 37, Level 1). Other factors to consider include whether the student currently interacts with the language, for example, through friends or family. For more information on selected languages please see below.

During the first three weeks of the course, we will accommodate all transfer requests provided the Level is available and there is a vacancy in the class selected. Transfers can only be arranged within the current teaching year. Please contact IML Office for details. 

Chinese (Mandarin)

If you are familiar with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), you can also use the below comparison between IML Levels and CEFR for your reference. CEFR ratings can be found on all IML course outlines. 

IML Level

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

Language Taster, Survival, Beginners Short Course, Level 1A+B

A1

Level 2A+B

A1/A2

Level 3A+B

A2

Level 4A+B

A2/B1

Levle 5A+B

B1

Levle 6A+B

B1/B2

Level 7A+B

B2

Level 8A+B

B2/C1

French

If you are familiar with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), you can also use the below comparison between IML Levels and CEFR for your reference. CEFR ratings can be found on all IML course outlines. 

IML Level

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

Language Taster, Survival, Beginners Short Course, Level 1A+B

A1

Level 2A+B

A1/A2

Level 3A+B

A2

Level 4A+B

A2/B1

Level 5A+B

B1

Level 6A+B

B1/B2

German

If you are familiar with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), you can also use the below comparison between IML Levels and CEFR for your reference. CEFR ratings can be found on all IML course outlines. 

IML Level

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

Language Taster, Survival, Beginners Short Course, Level 1A+B

A1

Level 2A+B

A1/A2

Level 3A+B

A2

Level 4A+B

A2/B1

Level 5A+B

B1

Level 6A+B

B1/B2

Level 7A+B

B2

Level 8A+B

B2/C1

Level 9A+B C1

Japanese

If you are familiar with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), you can also use the below comparison between IML Levels and CEFR for your reference. CEFR ratings can be found on all IML course outlines. 

IML Level

 Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

Language Taster, Survival, Beginners Short Course, Level 1A+B

A1

Level 2A+B

A1/A2

Level 3A+B

A2

Level 4A+B

A2/B1

Level 5A+B

B1

Level 6A+B

B1/B2

Italian

If you are familiar with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), you can also use the below comparison between IML Levels and CEFR for your reference. CEFR ratings can be found on all IML course outlines. 

IML Level

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

Language Taster, Survival, Beginners Short Course, Level 1A+B

A1

Level 2A+B

A1/A2

Level 3A+B

A2

Level 4A+B

A2/B1

Spanish

If you are familiar with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), you can also use the below comparison between IML Levels and CEFR for your reference. CEFR ratings can be found on all IML course outlines. 

IML Level

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

Language Taster, Survival, Beginners Short Course, Level 1A+B

A1

Level 2A+B

A1/A2

Level 3A+B

A2

Level 4A+B

A2/B1

Level 5A+B

B1

Level 6A+B

B1/B2

Self assessment guide (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

CEFR levels (Common European Framework of Reference) for Languages describe language proficiency in a second language. They are expressed in six levels, from Basic User (A1 and A2) through Independent User (B1 and B2) to Proficient User (C1 and C2). They can be found for all IML courses on the Course Outline. If you already have experience with the language, but you are not sure about your proficiency level, the Self Assessment Guide may be useful. To find your approximate personal level of proficiency, reflect upon what you can already do in the language you wish to study.

All IML Level 1 courses are of CEFR A1 level. They are aimed at learning and revising language essentials.