# Upper intermediate

Here are some resources and links for learners at upper intermediate level, aka CEFR level B2 and also referred to as vantage level. Someone studying a foreign language at this level can (or is aiming to be able to)…

  • Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation.
  • 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.
  • Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

A person who is at this level might be someone who:

  • is has a good grade at GCE A-level (also called A2 level) in a UK school
  • is completed two years of an intensive Arabic degree
  • has completed over 400 contact hours of Arabic tuition

GCE A-Level textbooks

* Arab History – MM Books

* Important Issues – MM Books

see others by MM books for GCE A-Level here

Media Arabic

* Media Arabic – An Essential Vocabulary

* Media Arabic – a Coursebook for Reading Arabic News

* Top 1000 Words for Understanding Media Arabic

* Advanced Media Arabic

* Media Arabic – Bray and Jamil

* Foreigncy – excellent service producing daily flashcards to help you read current affairs and news articles in Arabic (also Urdu, Hebrew, Mandarin and Russian)


  1. Would you all consider adding a link to Foreigncy.org’s Arabic Sets? We provide daily Arabic flashcards that prepare a user to read a foreign policy or economics article from a regional news source. We also provide an English language summary of the article, its source, and a quiz game before the user is sent on their way to test their ability to read the article.

    1. Thanks Alex! I came across Foreigncy recently and have been meaning to add a link to it. Really impressed with what you’re doing. As you can probably see I haven’t been updating the site for a while but hope to have time to again soon!

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