Welsh Language Levels - Guidelines for Directors, Managers and Heads of Departments

Welsh Language Levels 

Language Level

Speaking (interaction and production)

Writing

A0

I can not speak Welsh at all.

 

I can not write Welsh at all.

A1

I can :

  • interact in a simple way provided the other person is willing to speak slowly, repeat or rephrase things, as well as being willing to help me
  • use basic expressions and phrases, e.g. introduce myself or another person,
  • ask and answer questions on familiar topics e.g. ‘Where do you live?’.

 

I can :

  • write a short simple message as an email or note, including the time, date and place.
  • fill in forms with personal details, e.g. name, address and telephone number.

A2

I can:

  • communicate in simple Welsh on familiar topics.
  • contribute to very short social conversations, even though I can’t, usually, keep the conversation going myself.
  • use a series of phrases to describe and answer questions on my family and other people, the weather.
  • convey instructions or very simple telephone messages.

 

I can:

  • write short simple notes and messages, connecting together simple phrases with simple connecting words such as 'and', 'but' and 'because'.
  • write a very simple letter or email, e.g. thanking someone for doing something.

 

B1

I can:

  • take advantage of a range of simple language to deal with most situations which are likely to arise in my work.
  • understand the general meaning of emails and letters on topics of personal interest, as well as theoretical letters within the context of my work.
  • enter unprepared into conversation on topics that are familiar, e.g. family, hobbies, work, travel and current events.
  • offer advice on simple matters to clients within the context of my work.
  • describe experiences and events, hopes and ambitions.
  • give reasons and explanations for my opinions and plans concisely

 

I can:

  • take fairly accurate notes in meetings or seminars where the subject is familiar and foreseeable.
  • write letters or emails to describe events, experiences and impressions
  • write memoranda or informal emails to convey information.

 

B2

I can :

  • listen to, understand and contribute to discussions in meetings and seminars.
  • take an active part in discussion in familiar contexts.
  • clearly express an opinion.
  • present clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects related to work
  • expand and support ideas with supplementary points and relevant examples.
  • explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
  • give a clear presentation on familiar topics.

 

I can:

  • write short pieces of business correspondence, as a letter or email, on a wide range of topics related to my work or my field of interest, and this in standard Welsh without using a template (but using a spellchecker, dictionary, technical resources etc. when necessary).
  • take notes or write reports, passing on information or giving reasons in support or against a particular point of view.

 

C1

I can :

  • express myself fluently and unprompted.
  • use language flexibly and effectively for social and professional purposes, and contribute confidently to meetings and oral presentations.
  • formulate ideas and opinions, and ensure that my contributions are relevant to others.
  • respond appropriately to different cultural and social situations.
  • present clear detailed descriptions of complex subjects, integrating sub-themes, developing particular points, and rounding off with an appropriate conclusion.

I can: 

  • write clear well-structured texts, expressing points of view at some length.
  • write detailed explanations of complex subjects in the form of email, letter, essay or report, underlining the salient issues.
  • write different types of texts in styles that are appropriate to the reader in mind.

 

C2

I can:

  • understand reports and articles I come across in my work, including complex ideas expressed in complex language.
  • take part effortlessly in any discussion.
  • express myself fluently and convey finer shades of meaning precisely.
  • If I do have a problem I can revise and restructure around the difficulty so smoothly that other people are hardly aware of it.
  • advise on complex, difficult and contentious matters such as financial or legal matters, to the extent that my specialised knowledge allows me
  • present descriptions or arguments well, smoothly and clearly, in the appropriate register and context, and with a logical and effective structure which helps to draw the listeners’ attention to relevant points.

 

I can :

  • take full and accurate notes and continue to take part in meetings and seminars.
  • write well-structured and smoothly flowing texts in the appropriate register.
  • write complex technical reports or articles which helps the recipients to notice significant points. 
  • write reviews of professional and/or literary works.