Level C1

Descriptors/Self-assessment Checklist for Level C1

All the descriptors are adapted from the Self-assessment checklist for Level C1 of the European Language Portfolio.


  • I can follow extended speech even when it is not clearly structured and when relationships are only implied and not signalled explicitly.
  • I can understand professional jargon, appreciating shifts in style and register.
  • I can understand complex technical information, such as operating instructions, specifications for familiar products and services.
  • I can understand lectures, talks and reports in my field of professional or academic interest even when they are propositionally and linguistically complex.


  • I can read complex reports, analyses and commentaries where opinions, viewpoints and connections are discussed.
  • I can extract information, ideas and opinions from highly specialised texts in my own field, for example research reports.
  • I can understand long complex instructions, for example for the use of a new piece of equipment, if these are related to my job or field of interest.
  • I can read any correspondence within my field with the occasional use of a dictionary.

Spoken Interaction

  • I can keep up with a conversation between native speakers.
  • I can use the language fluently, accurately and effectively on a wide range of general, professional or academic topics.
  • I can use language flexibly and effectively for social purposes, including emotional, allusive and joking usage.
  • I can express my ideas and opinions clearly and precisely, and can present and respond to complex lines of reasoning convincingly.

Spoken Production

  • I can give clear, detailed descriptions of complex subjects.
  • I can orally summarise long, demanding texts.
  • I can give an extended description or account of something, integrating themes, developing particular points and concluding appropriately.
  • I can give a clearly developed presentation on a subject in my fields of personal or professional interest, departing when necessary from the prepared text and following up spontaneously points raised by members of the audience.


  • I can use fluently a variety of appropriate expressions to preface my remarks in order to get the floor, or to gain time and keep the floor while thinking.
  • I can relate own contribution skilfully to those of other speakers.
  • I can substitute an equivalent term for a word I can’t recall without distracting the listener.

Language Quality

  • I can express myself fluently and spontaneously, almost effortlessly on every conceptually familiar subject.
  • I can produce clear, smoothly-flowing, well-structured speech, showing control over ways of developing what I want to say in order to link both my ideas and my expression of them into coherent text.
  • I have a good command of a broad vocabulary allowing gaps to be readily overcome with circumlocutions; I rarely have to search obviously for expressions or compromise on saying exactly what I want to.
  • I can consistently maintain a high degree of grammatical accuracy; errors are rare and difficult to spot.


  • I can express myself in writing on a wide range of professional topics in a clear manner.
  • I can present a complex topic in a clear and well-structured way, highlighting the most important points, for example in an article or a report.
  • I can put together information from different sources and present it in a coherent summary.
  • I can write formally correct correspondence with occasional use of dictionary
  • I can write texts which show a high degree of grammatical correctness and vary my vocabulary and style according to the addressee, the kind of text and the topic.


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