What is your English Level and why you need to know. January 2020

What is your English level and why you need to know. January 2020. www.kimgriffithsenglish.com the webpage to improve and practice your English as a foreign language.

Happy New Year!

How were your holidays? Did you celebrate Christmas or don’t you celebrate? I went home to visit my family in England for Christmas and New Years.  I liked the Christmas decorations 😍.

Craven court Skipton Christmas decorations 2019. KimGriffithsEnglish.com
Craven court, Skipton. Christmas decorations 2019.


What is you current English Level? Why is it helpful to know?

It’s a new year and a new decade. Let’s start the new year knowing your current level of English. If you are studying in an academy or have just taken an official exam you will know your level. However, if you are studying with a private teacher or alone you may not know.

It’s always good to know your starting point (for this year) and then you can see how much or little you have improved by January 2021. It can motivate you if you have gone up a level or in the opposite case, if you haven’t improved you, can evaluate how you are studying and how much extra time you may need to dedicate to your English.

Also if you are studying alone you can choose the right book for your level. A book I highly recommend for studying English alone is ENGLISH GRAMMAR IN USE, BY RAYMOND MURPHY (Cambridge University Press). There are different levels for this book so choose the right one for your level.

Generally English levels are measured in one of two ways. 

  1. With the usual terms like Elementary (the beginner level), Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate, First Certificate level, Advanced, and Proficiency (the highest level). This system is used for many textbooks for class and books for studying alone at home. It is also used in some English schools.
  2. The other way teachers and examiners classify your English level is with letters. Have a look at the table below to see how these relate to the usual level names.


English level chart. Image credit to AdventureLinguistique

You can find out your level by taking this level test on http://www.englishjet.com.

Click here  To go to the level test.

There are 68 multiple choice questions and then they tell you your level. The great thing is that you don’t need to give them your email address or anything.


Do you feel motivated? What can help you stay motivated in 2020?

A great blog article to help motivate you to study with english tips and more. From the English teaching blog www.kimgriffithsenglish.com

Have a look and see which points or videos in the article are most useful for you!

Click here to read my article – Need some motivation?


This week’s quiz is a writing challenge.

Can you write an explanation or short story about this photo? The funnier or silly the better! KimGriffithsEnglish.com

Can you write an explanation or short story about this photo? The funnier or sillier the better. The maximum number of words is 20. Use a dictionary for the vocabulary you don’t know. Put you story in the comments section of this article and I’ll check your creativity and also correct any English mistakes for you.


KimGriffithsEnglish.com The Answers to the mini preposition quiz from the last article.


Have a great 2020! Full of fun, health, happiness and good luck.






About Kim Griffiths

Hello, I'm Kim. I'm a qualified English ESL teacher with a CELTA A qualification and I have over 25 years of experience teaching English to non-native speakers. I love teaching! I also write about English, sing jazz, paint and make things.

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