Levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

A1

At this level you are able to communicate in your everyday activities using simple words and phrases.

For example, you would be able to:

  • introduce yourself, get to know another person
  • go shopping
  • talk about everyday things in your life (where you live, your hobbies)
  • read and fill in simple forms, invitations, postcards

A2

At this level, you are able to communicate about your everyday life in simple terms.

For example, you would be able to:

  • describe your personal and professional environment (people, places, education, work)
  • exchange information and simple ideas
  • narrate a short, simple event
  • write simple notes and letters
  • understand short simple texts

B1

At this level you are able to deal with everyday situations and express yourself (with some hesitation) on topical subjects.

For example, you would be able to:

  • understand and take part in everyday conversations
  • express your opinion and discuss topical subjects
  • understand the main points of clearly drafted texts
  • understand most of the information in a television programme
  • narrate an event, experience or dream, describe a hope or an aim
  • write a letter or structured e-mail
  • give brief reasons or explanations for a project or idea

B2

At this level you are able to communicate with ease and relatively accurately on a wide range of subjects.

For example, you would be able to:

  • express your opinion precisely and in detail
  • justify your opinions
  • follow most radio and television programmes
  • understand the essence of television broadcasts and films using standard language
  • understand and draft clear, detailed texts relating to a variety of subjects

C1

At this level you are able to use the language effectively and flexibly.

For example, you would be able to:

  • develop your thoughts by going from the simple to the complex and from the concrete to the abstract
  • express yourself spontaneously and fluently in speech and writing on complex topics involving social, professional or academic life
  • understand a wide range of long, demanding documents, and understand implicit meanings
  • take notes from long, complex documents or presentations
  • summarise long and difficult texts

C2

At this level you are able to communicate effortlessly and understand subtle shades of meaning on complex subjects.

For example, you would be able to:

  • understand and use the subtleties of the language with accuracy and precision
  • understand all spoken language, accents and colloquial expressions at any speed in conversation and in the media
  • understand and interpret long complex texts
  • draft complex texts (articles, reports, etc.) suitable to the circumstances

Courses levels

A1.1
A1.2
A1
A2.1
A2.2
A2
B1.1
B1.2
B1.3
B1
B2.1
B2.2
B2.3
B2
C1.1
C1.2
C1