We have created new Level Descriptions for our Online classes to accommodate the 8 week courses that we currently offer. Our on campus classes are usually 12 week long and if you have taken a course with us before, you will know that those levels are divided into beginner, elementary, upper elementary, intermediate, upper intermediate and advanced. With the 8 week courses, we divided the lower level classes into 2 parts so that students are not rushed in their learning process with all the new material presented. In all of our classes, no matter the level, we bring the culture of the target language into the classroom through our innovative lessons.
What’s My Level?
If you aren’t sure about your level, don’t worry. We are here to help. Email Heather@ili.edu and she can set you up with the appropriate instructor who will assess your level and place you in just the right class.. It’s a quick 5-minute conversation in the language that you’re interested in, so do be sure to include a phone number and best time to reach you. If you are a zero-level beginner, you’ll start up in our Level 1 class, no questions asked.
Level 1 (Beginner part 1) – If you have little or no background in the target language, this class is for you! Maybe you know a few words, exclamations or short phrases—or maybe not. No worries, at this level, you will learn: the sound system and pronunciation, basic greetings, numbers, telling time, speaking in the present with regular verbs and describing places.
Level 2 (Beginner part 2) – Continue to practice building short conversations about daily life, describe people, places and pets, adding grammar, practice speaking in the present and in the future (“going to”) and learn about food and ordering at a restaurant.
Level 3 (Elementary part 1)– Improve your use of the present and future tenses. Review the grammar used to describe people and places. You will also learn about stem-changing verbs in the present tense and how to talk about things that you like.
Level 4 (Elementary part 2) – Build on more irregular verbs in the present. Learn how to talk about the weather and your routine with reflexive verbs. By the end of this course, you will be able to express yourself in the present, the future and immediate past.
Level 5 (Upper Elementary part 1) – Review of the present and future. Learn how to talk about your life experiences in general as well as what you did yesterday, last week or another specific time in the past using regular verbs.
Level 6 (Upper Elementary part 2) – Continue building on the present, future while adding some irregular verbs to the simple past. Focus on the different types of pronouns that are used with regular verbs, reflexive verbs and direct/indirect objects.
Level 7 (Intermediate) – Compare some of the various structures used to express yourself in the past tenses. The past tense is usually challenging for many students, so it is common that students take this level a couple of times to work on fluency and accuracy before they move on to the next level. It also reinforces different grammar points from previous levels.
Level 8 (Upper Intermediate) – Ready to have longer conversations using a mix of present, past and future tenses? Introduction to phrases and grammar to help you express your mood, feelings and opinions with the present subjunctive. You will practice having longer conversations about your life, work, hobbies, interests and opinions.
Level 9 (Advanced) – Explore more sophisticated grammar structures like past subjunctive, other compound verb tenses and the conditional as you continue to improve your fluency and accuracy of the different verb tenses. A great opportunity to gain confidence in speaking through activities aimed at recreating real world situations for you to respond to in a natural way.