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When it comes to assessing language proficiency, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) plays a vital role. Whether you’re a language learner, teacher, employer, or educational institution, understanding the CEFR could be a great benefit for you.
What is the CEFR?
The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) establishes a common ground for comparing language qualifications across different countries and educational systems.
At the core of the CEFR is a six-point scale that ranges from A1 for beginners to C2 for those who have achieved mastery of a language. Each level represents a specific set of language competencies and corresponds to different stages of proficiency.
Let’s explore each level and its description:
At the A1 level, learners can understand and use basic expressions in everyday situations. They can introduce themselves, ask and answer simple questions, and interact in a simple way, provided the other person speaks slowly and clearly.
At the A2 level, learners can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of immediate relevance (e.g., personal and family information, shopping, local geography). They can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a direct exchange of information.
At the B1 level, learners can understand the main points of familiar topics encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. They can handle most situations likely to arise while traveling in an area where the language is spoken. They can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
B2: Upper Intermediate
At the B2 level, learners can understand the main ideas of complex texts on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their field of specialization. They can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible.
At the C1 level, learners can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning. They can express themselves fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. They can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic, and professional purposes.
At the C2 level, learners can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. They can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. They can express themselves spontaneously, very fluently, and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.
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