The CEFR levels match up well to the Michel Thomas courses (for the listening and speaking skills only) and these are recognized across Europe. The 2-hour course equates to A1, the Total equates to A2 (with some B1) and the Perfect equates to B1. It is a good grounding for A Level BUT reading and writing also needs to be learnt separately.
We've combined certain elements to take you further in the main courses, and – for the first time – added visual tuition for your PC or Mac. This helps reinforce what you've learned and to recognize written phrases and words.
Start courses replace the Introductory Courses. They give you a taster of the method and teach you useful phrases in the language in just 1-hour.
Total courses replace the Foundation Courses. They are classic Michel Thomas Method courses, taking you from total beginner to speaking confidently in 8 hours or more, depending on the language. In the most popular languages we've added vocabulary taken from the previous Vocabulary Builder courses, plus visual review on CD-ROM for your PC or Mac.
Perfect courses replace the Advanced Courses. The most popular languages also now benefit from extra vocabulary taken from the previous Vocabulary Builder courses and – as with Total – all-new visual tuition and exercises on CD-ROM.
Masterclass courses replace the Language Builder courses. They are lectures given by Michel Thomas which aim to get you talking like a local after completing the Total and Perfect courses.