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the levels on esl lounge

It is important to note that there are no hard and fast rules as to what you will find in each level, but I have provided this guide to give teachers an approximate idea of the level classifications on esl lounge. It is important to remember that will obviously be some overlapping between the levels. Just because past simple is listed under Elementary, there will still be materials pertaining to the past simple under higher levels, but usually not lower.

Clearly, every area of the language can be taught or tested asking more or less of the students you are teaching. There can be some basic "jumping through hoops" grammar worksheets or some other materials which test the same grammatical point but require much more learner input from the students. For this reason, you shouldn't rely too much on the information given below.

Also remember that each level will have its own resources for vocabulary and conversation, etc.


  • includes absolute zero beginners
  • verb 'to be'
  • present simple affirmative
  • present simple interrogative
  • present simple negative
  • there is, there are
  • possessive 's'


  • can/could
  • past of verb 'to be'
  • past simple affirmative
  • past simple interrogative
  • past simple negative
  • present continuous all forms
  • 'going to' and present continuous for future
  • comparatives and superlatives
  • some, any


  • past continuous all forms
  • present perfect simple all forms and uses
  • for, since, ago
  • articles
  • quantifiers
  • first conditional
  • should, may, might
  • 'will' and 'going to' futures
  • must and have to, don't have to


  • present perfect continuous
  • second conditional
  • passive in present and past
  • past perfect
  • make, let, allow
  • used to, be used to
  • modals
  • phrasal verbs

upper intermediate

  • third conditional
  • wishes, regrets
  • phrasal verbs
  • passive
  • future perfect and continuous
  • reported speech


The amount of new grammar at this level is minimal. There are materials included for:

  • phrasal verbs
  • causative
  • sentence transformation
  • complex modal verb use

test prep

Above the Advanced level, we have test prep to help teachers prepare students for international exams such as First Certificate and Proficiency.