The development of a national recognition scheme for languages, the Languages Ladder, is one of three overarching aims of the National Languages Strategy. The scheme endorses achievement in language skills at all levels of competence for all ages in a wide range of languages.

The Languages Ladder is designed to assess progress across all four skills – Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Although assessment is organised by single skill, it is unlikely that learners will only progress in one skill area. Many will use the Ladder to assess all four skills as part of an integrated learning experience.

This booklet explains what is expected of learners at each Grade and what skills they'll achieve as they progress.


  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing