Course levels according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages CEFR, is a guideline used to describe achievements of learners of foreign languages across Europe. Its main aim is to provide a method of learning, teaching and assessing which applies to all languages in Europe.

The Common European Framework divides learners into three broad divisions that can be divided into six levels:

Level A1 (course modules 1 and 2)

At the end of level A1 you can:

  • understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
  • introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has.
  • interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

A2 level (course modules 3 and 4)

At the end of level A2 you can:

  • understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
  • communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
  • describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

Level B1 (course modules 5, 6 and 11)

At the end of level B1 you can:

  • understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
  • deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
  • produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
  • describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

Level B2

At the end of stage B2, you can:

  • understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation.
  • interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
  • 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.

Level C1

At the end of the C1 stage, you can:

  • understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning.
  • express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
  • use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
  • produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

Level C2

At the end of the C2 stage, you can:

  • understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.
  • summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.
  • express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.
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