Level B2

Descriptors/Self-assessment Checklist for Level B2

All the descriptors are adapted from the Self-assessment checklist for Level B2 of the European Language Portfolio.


  • I can understand in detail what is said to me in standard spoken language even in a noisy environment.
  • I can follow a lecture or talk within my own field, provided the subject matter is familiar and the presentation straightforward and clearly structured.
  • I can understand the main ideas of complex speech on both concrete and abstract topics delivered in a standard dialect in my field of specialisation.
  • I can use a variety of strategies to achieve comprehension, including listening for main points; checking comprehension by using contextual clues.


  • I can rapidly grasp the content and the significance of news, articles and reports on topics connected with my interests or my job, and decide if a closer reading is worthwhile.
  • I can understand in detail texts (including specific attitudes) within my field of interest or the area of my academic or professional speciality.
  • I can read on topics within my areas of academic or professional speciality or interest and grasp the most important points.
  • I can quickly look through technical information and find and understand the relevant  explanations and help for a specific problem.

Spoken Interaction

  • I can initiate, maintain and end discourse naturally with effective turn-taking.
  • I can exchange considerable quantities of detailed factual information on matters within my fields of interest.
  • I can account for and sustain my opinions in discussion by providing relevant explanations, arguments and comments.
  • I can carry out a prepared interview, checking and confirming information, following up interesting replies.

Spoken Production

  • I can give clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects related to my fields of interest.
  • I can construct a chain of reasoned argument, linking my ideas logically.
  • I can explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
  • I can speculate about causes, consequences, hypothetical situations.


  • I can use standard phrases like "That’s a difficult question to answer” to gain time and keep the turn while formulating what to say.
  • I can make a note of "favourite mistakes” and consciously monitor speech for them.
  • I can generally correct slips and errors if I become aware of them or if they have led to misunderstandings.

Language Quality

  • I can produce stretches of language with a fairly even tempo; although I can be hesitant as I search for expressions, there are few noticeably long pauses.
  • I can pass on detailed information reliably.
  • I have sufficient vocabulary to express myself on matters connected to my field and on most general topics.
  • I can communicate with reasonable accuracy and can correct mistakes if they have led to misunderstandings.


  • I can write clear and detailed texts (abstracts, reviews, reports or texts of presentations) on various topics related to my field of interest.
  • I can develop an argument systematically, emphasising decisive points and including supporting details.
  • I can write letters on topics within my area of academic or professional specialty or interest and expressing facts and opinions clearly.
  • I can express in a personal letter different feelings and attitudes, and report the news of the day drawing attention to the important aspects of an event.


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