We use the Common European Framework as the system for breaking down language-related curriculum
into proficiency levels. This system, developed by the Council of Europe and adopted
by many educational institutions around the world, categorizes all learners into three large groups
(each further sub-divided into two sub-categories), while also providing a comprehensive
description of what learners have to learn in order to use a language for communication.
This system started in Europe with English, however today is widely used by French, Spanish &
almost all the most important languages.
The groups (levels) are as follows:
Basic Language User (A1 and A2):
A1: Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a
concrete type. Can 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. Can
interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
A2: 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). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar
and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
Independent Language User (B1 and B2):
B1: Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure,
etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of
personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
B2: 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.
Proficient Language User (C1 and C2):
C1 : Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself
fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear,
well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
C2 : Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written
sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning
even in more complex situations.
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