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Competence Levels - Asian, African and European Languages

We live in a global society where being able to communicate and interact effectively in at least one other language is crucial. Learning a new language takes significant time and effort. One of the most important aspects in the learning of a foreign language is its oral production. Language teachers at the Wits Language School work diligently to instruct students on authentic pronunciation, intonation, correct grammar use and cultural nuances in the various languages offered. Reading, writing, listening, grammar and speaking are integral to learning a second language. When students learn a second language, they build proficiency in three modes of communication: interpersonal (speaking and writing), interpretive (listening and reading), and presentational (speaking and writing). To progress successfully in these modes of communication and ultimately achieve mastery of the language, students will need to successfully complete various levels of linguistic competence and proficiency in their language of choice.

Wits Language School offers six levels of linguistic competence and proficiency in the various African, Asian and European languages offered. On completion of the introductory phase (Level 1A), students are able to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases. They are able to introduce themselves, and ask and answer questions about personal details. They can interact in a simple way, using simple sentences to describe, talk about, and ask about everyday topics and topics associated with immediate need. They will be able to comprehend and fill in forms, write a short note or message, and understand timetables, menus, adverts and posters. Level 1B (second part of the introduction phase) equips students to read, write and understand short and simple texts, as well as to communicate on familiar matters using a simple vocabulary. Students are able to describe in simple terms their immediate environment. They are also able to tell time, express likes and dislikes, talk about holiday destinations and describe friends and family.

The elementary phase (Levels 2A and 2B) will facilitate students in communicating and maintaining short exchanges about the past, present and future, using phrases and sentences that describe events, people and objects. Students will be able to understand short announcements with high frequency vocabulary. They will be able to make social arrangements, describe where they live and work, talk about health and sport, express opinions, give advice, and discuss everyday problems. Students will also be able to write simple letters and notes.

After completing the introductory and elementary phases, students will move into the intermediate phases (Levels 3A and 3B) where they will be able to enter unprepared into conversation with first language speakers. They will be able to narrate a story or relate the plot of a book or film and describe their reactions to it. Students can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure and home. They are able to interact with native speakers with a degree of fluency and spontaneity, and can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects.

All six courses offered at Wits Language School are aimed at adults and involve a teaching style that is interactive and communicative, with teachers who are highly qualified, native speakers of the languages that they teach. Wits Language School takes pride in offering excellent quality language courses and looks forward to welcoming you.