Intensive English

Stratford Language Institute

Intensive English Program

ESL001: Basic English

ESL010: Level 1

ESL010: Level 1

ESL010: Level 1

ESL020: Level 2

ESL020: Level 2

ESL030: Level 3

ESL030: Level 3

ESL040: Level 4

ESL040: Level 4

ESL050: Level 5

ESL050: Level 5

ESL060: Level 6

ESL060: Level 6

ESL070: Level 7

ESL070: Level 7

Proficiency Description for Courses


Stratford Level








Can understand and use a few very basic phrases such as common greetings and formulaic expressions, but very little more than that.




Level 1





Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed as the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.




Level 2

Level 3





Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic person and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.




Level 4

Level 5





Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reason and explanation for opinions and plans.




Level 6





Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.




Level 7





Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expression. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organization patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.



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We Are an Outcome-Based Program

 Stratford uses Bloom’s Taxonomy and the internationally recognized Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) to create student learning outcomes for each level. We consider what students will need to be able to do in an American college classroom (for example, take notes on a lecture, give presentations, perform research and cite sources properly, paraphrase information in a paper or a talk), and we use these skills as a base to design courses that use active and project-based learning. Our student learning outcomes are listed on every syllabus given to students, and grade reports include data on student proficiency levels using the CEFR.

Institute Contact Info

Office Location, Hours & Closures

7777 Leesburg Pike Falls Church, VA 22043

+1 (855) 444-8076

Mon – Fri 8:00A.M. – 6:00P.M.

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How Can I Apply?

Contact a Student Advisor to get started. We will help you select the best program for you and guide you through the application process.


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