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What are Language Stages?

The range of our courses caters for students with varying degrees of language competency. Since the pathway requires Stage D or above, you will need to already have a certain level of competence in your chosen languages. We know from experience that ascertaining a level of language competency can be a little difficult. We hope the table below will be helpful but don’t hesitate to get in touch on languagepathways@cardiff.ac.uk or 029 2087 5268 if you have any questions about this or any other aspect of the pathway.

Structure of the Pathway to Translation

Stage D (CEFR level reached at the end of the course: B1)

These modules will enable you to brush up your existing skills, develop your vocabulary and strengthen your understanding of the main grammatical structures of the language studied. The following topics might be studied: travel and means of transport; school and university systems; giving and understanding information about health issues; ask for/answer simple user-related issues with computers, mobile phones and social networks.

Stage E (CEFR level reached at the end of the course: B1/B2)

These modules will enable you to develop further your oral, aural and written language in order to express yourselves confidently on most general topics, without much conspicuous searching for words, using some complex sentence forms to do so. You will consolidate and expand your understanding of the structure of the language and of the culture of the countries where the language is spoken. The following themes might be covered: tourism, gastronomy, health, European Union and political organisation.

Stage F (CEFR level reached at the end of the course: B2)

These modules will enable you to develop further your oral, aural and written language in order to express yourselves fluently and spontaneously. You will also be introduced to mediation skills. You will further consolidate and expand your understanding of the structure of the language and the culture of the countries where the language is spoken. A wide range of topics will be covered which might include everyday life and current affairs, issues regarding the language studied, culture and society and politics.

Stage G (CEFR level reached at the end of the course: B2/C1)

These modules will enable you to expand your oral, aural and written language skills in order to develop a detailed knowledge and effective understanding of the structures, registers and linguistic principles. Your mediation skills will be further expanded. You will acquire an effective operational proficiency in the language studied which allows fluent, spontaneous communication. Themes studied may include culture, literature, media and current affairs.