Level of proficiency explained below:
At the intermediate level, users are able to refashion and combine learned material to meet their immediate communication and learning needs. They are able to comprehend information on familiar topics in contextualized settings and produce sustained conversation with others on an expanding variety of general topics. However, typically they are unable to sustain coherent structures in longer utterances or unfamiliar situations. Users can purchase and describe familiar equipment, negotiate an agreement or terms of employment, establish professional contacts, deal with official procedures (visas, customs), and give advice and make suggestions concerning health and safety. Inaccuracies or interference from other languages are common, and structural complexity may interfere with comprehension.
At this level users can understand and use 2,000 or more vocabulary items, most verb tenses and basic sentence structures.
This may be an appropriate minimum target level for those whose work involves them in extensive contact with foreign colleagues, customers or counterparts, in activities such as handling customer inquiries or participating more fully in business meetings and discussions –e.g., technical or research personnel and senior administrators.