Level B2+ of CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

Niveau B2+ du CECR
Level B2+ representing a Strong Vantage performance – the focus on argument, effective social discourse and on language awareness which appears at B2 (Vantage) continues. However, the focus on argument and social discourse can also be interpreted as a new focus on discourse skills. This new degree of discourse competence  shows  itself  in  conversational management  (co-operating  strategies):  give feedback on and follow up statements and inferences by other speakers and so help the development of the discussion; relate own contribution skilfully to those of other speakers.

Level B2+ is also apparent in relation to coherence/cohesion: use a limited number of cohesive devices to link sentences together smoothly into clear, connected discourse; use a variety of linking words efficiently to mark clearly the relationships between ideas; develop an argument systematically with appropriate highlighting of significant points, and relevant supporting detail. Finally, it is at this band that there is a concentration of items on negotiating: outline a case for compensation, using persuasive language and simple arguments to demand satisfaction; state clearly the limits to a concession.

In the illustrative descriptors a distinction is made between the ‘criterion levels’ (e.g. B2 or B2.1) and the ‘plus levels’ (e.g. B2+ or B2.2). The latter are distinguished from the former by a horizontal line, as in this example for overall oral production.

Can give clear, systematically developed descriptions and presentations, with appropriate highlighting of significant points, and relevant supporting detail.
​Can give clear, detailed descriptions and presentations on a wide range of subjects related to his/her field of interest, expanding and supporting ideas with subsidiary points and relevant examples.
​​Levels B2.1 et B2.2 (B2+) : overall oral production
​To discover the descriptors of level B2+, we invite you to consult the page dedicated to the level B2 of the CEFR.