ECL Tests topics

BLEVEL A2 – BEGINNER

LEVEL B1 – ELEMENTARY


1. The individual

- personal particulars
- appearance/clothing
- daily routine


1. The individual

- personal particulars
- appearance
- inner characteristics


2. Partnership

- relatives, acquaintances, friends
- classmates/schoolmates/ colleagues


2. Partnership

- relatives, acquaintances, friends
- classmates/schoolmates/ colleagues


3. Family

- family members
- family occasions /celebrations


3. Family


- family members
- family occasions /celebrations
- distribution of tasks in the family


4. Place of living

- house/flat
- furnishing
- the street, the town
- housework


4. Place of living

- environment
- house/condominium/flat
- furnishing/gadgets
- rent and bills
- housework


5. Travelling/transport

- means of transport
- timetable/information
- buying tickets / travelling documents


5. Travelling/transport


- means of transport
- timetable/information
- public transport
- buying tickets / travelling documents


6. Shopping/shops

- shops/markets
- food
- clothing


6. Shopping/shops

- shops/markets/department stores
- groceries/household goods
- clothing/electric appliances


7. Communication/keeping in contact

- post (letter, postcard)
- telephone


7. Communication/keeping in contact

- post (letter, telegram, parcel)
- telephone (traditional, mobile)
- internet (e-mail)


8. Services

- restaurant (menu, ordering, paying)
- hotel (booking, paying)


8. Services

- financial services (transfer, exchange)
- restaurant (menu, ordering, paying)
- hotel (booking, paying)


9. Culture/entertainment

- guests cinema,
- theatre


9. Culture/entertainment

- guests cinema,
- theatre
- museum


10. Time/weather

- seasons weather
- forecast


10. Time/weather

- seasons
- rainfall
- weather forecast


11. Health/illnesses

- at the doctor's
- 1-2 common illnesses


11. Health/illnesses

- at the doctor's
- common illnesses and their symptoms
- prescriptions / medication /pharmacy


12. Sport

- popular sports
- doing sports


12. Sport

- popular sports
- national sports
- doing sports


13. Media

- television/radio
- newspapers/magazines


13. Media

- television/radio
- newspapers/magazines


14. Hobby

- reading/listening to music
- the candidate's favourite pastime


14. Hobby

- gardening/DIY
- reading/listening to music
- PC


15. Studying/work

- subjects
- popular professions/jobs
- colleagues


15. Studying/work

- types of schools
- subjects
- popular professions/jobs

 


16. European Union

members of the EU
candidate countries
travelling/work/visa/customs within the EU

 


17. Culture and civilisation

- basic practical information regarding the home country
and the target language country (weather, currency, eating habits,
daily routine, celebrations, shopping opportunities, etc.)
- tourist attractions
- accommodation/restaurants

LEVEL B2 – INTERMEDIATE

LEVEL C1 – ADVANCED


1. The individual

- age-related characteristics
- behavioural patterns
- fashion/clothing/cosmetics


1. The individual

- ambition/career building
- the individual and the society
- problems of social integration


2. Partnership

- roles in the family
- men and women
- relationships and contacts at work


2. Partnership

- forms of partnership
- nationalities/minorities
- churches/non-governmental organizations


3. Family

- family/bringing up children
- relationship of generations/living together
- marriage/divorce/forms of partnership


3. Family

- the social status of families
- the system of family allowances
- overpopulation/decrease of population
- family/career


4. Place of living

- rental/property
- lodgings
- buying a flat/buying on credit
- renovation


4. Place of living

- housing situation
- difficulties of building a house
- homelessness and its causes
- housing and mobility


5. Travelling/transport

- driving/highway codes
- road accidents
- walking, riding the bike
- reasons/forms of travelling abroad


5. Travelling/transport

- problems of city traffic
- public transport versus using cars
- transport and environmental protection
- tourism as a source of income


6. Shopping/shops

- shopping habits
- chains / TV shopping
- retail shops versus shopping centres
- customers' complaints


6. Shopping/shops

- consumers' society
- buying on credit/with credit cards/on the Internet
- business network development (MLM)
- shopping tourism


7. Communication/keeping in contact

- reasons of the popularity of mobiles
- the role of language knowledge in communication
- the increasing dominance of the English language


7. Communication/keeping in contact

- the Internet in business communication
- Fax, e-mail versus traditional letter writing
- less widely used languages/national cultures


8. Services

- car rental
- insurance/its forms
- travel agencies/banks
- repairs / guarantees
- public utilities


8. Services

- quality/guarantee of services
- quality complaints/compensation
- role, significance of services
- electronic services/online ordering


9. Culture/entertainment

- music trends/ musical taste
- books versus Internet
- cinema, theatre versus TV, video


9. Culture/entertainment

- role of arts in the past and present
- public collections and their maintenance
- mentorship
- antiquities/auctions


10. Time/weather

- role, accuracy of forecasts
- weather and well-being (medical meteorology)
- relationship of climate and flora/fauna


10. Time/weather

- natural catastrophes and their consequences
- hole in the ozone layer (its development, consequences)
- dangers of global warming


11. Health/illnesses

- outpatient department - hospital - specialist
- homeopathy - medicine
- prevention/screening


11. Health/illnesses

- science/research serving medical care
- instruments in healing
- incurable diseases/euthanasia
- alternative methods of healing/genetics


12. Sport

- doing sports - healthy lifestyle
- ball games/team sports
- water sports/winter sports


12. Sport

- first-class sports - mass sports
- professionalism in football and boxing
- sport and women (chess, boxing, weightlifting)


13. Media

- features of newspapers, their columns
- sensation and news
- media and culture


13. Media

- media empires
- public and commercial TV/radio
- objectivity / impartiality of providing information


14. Hobby

- pursuing amateur arts
- clubs (sport, cultural, professional)
- hobby and work


14. Hobby

- promoting traditions
- exclusive hobbies (golf, riding, scuba diving, etc.)
- hobby and/or professionalism?


15. Studying/work

- language knowledge/skills/career
- equal chances in education, finding a workplace
- exchange programs/scholarships abroad/professional
development
- mass education versus elite education


15. Studying/work

- (over)qualification/chances on the work market
- lifelong education
- finding work/mobility
- chances of disadvantaged individuals/groups
- work atmosphere/relationship between leaders and
employees
- professional advancement / promotion
- protection of employees /dismissal


16. European Union

- work in the EU
- language teaching/language knowledge/work
opportunities in the EU
- EU programs (education, economy, etc.)


16. European Union

- the institutions of the EU, their headquarters
- enlargement strategy
- legal harmonisation/common currency
- the role of the EU in world politics
- competitiveness of the EU in the world economy


17. Culture and civilisation


- the home country and the target language country
- population/ethnic minorities
- historic traditions/monuments
- cultural values
- artistic/ethnographic characteristics


17. Culture and civilisation


- the home country and the target language country
- economic/political/social characteristics
- fame/recognition in the world
- their relationship to each other
- difference in traditions/ customs /ideology


18. Public life

- public institutions
- bureaucracy in offices
- local politics
- public safety
- national holidays


18. Public life

- constitutional form /legislation/administration/justice
- political parties/NGOs
- the purity of public life
- elections/referendum
- trade unions/ enforcing interests


19. Environmental protection

- pollution (air, water, soil, etc.)
- selective waste management
- recycling
- alternative sources of energy


19. Environmental protection

- prevention in environmental protection
- international co-operation in environmental protection
- environmental investments/their results
- environmental catastrophes and their consequences


20. Current topics/events

- public life
- economy
- arts
- sport


20. Current topics/events

- public life/politics
- economy
- arts
- sport

 


21. Globalisation

- multinational companies
- uniformity (dressing, eating, culture, consumer products, etc.)
- globalisation/maintaining national characteristics
- English versus less widely used languages

 


22. Current questions of ethics

- genetic engineering / cloning
- euthanasia
- death penalty
- discrimination
- animal experiments
- nuclear experiments

 


23. Current questions on economy/society

- economic crime/corruption
- smuggling: goods/people
- illegal immigration and work
- drug addiction/alcoholism/smoking
- prostitution/crime
- terrorism
- human rights issues

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