This stage is appropriate for both a Pre-Intermediate and Intermediate level student who demonstrates a somewhat limited amount of ‘Independent’ use of the language.
Students entering the ’Threshold’ stage are typically in their third (or more) year of learning the language in a formal setting, and they should have been previously exposed to at least 180-200 guided teaching hours. This stage can accomodate both the Pre-Intermediate and the Intermediate level student. Student entering this stage should be able to produce simple sentences and formulate and respond to simple questions. They can read very short texts and find specific information in simple everyday material such as advertisements, menus and timetables. They should have a basic knowledge of grammatical structures, including different tenses and word order, and have enough vocabulary to ‘survive’ in predictable situations . They should have the ability to interact in direct exchange of information on familiar topics and activities, knowing enough phrases to describe family and other people, living conditions, educational background and present job.