Courses preparing for taking a certificate exam (A1-C2).

What do you need to know? Do you remember all those language levels? Some kind of B1, A2 and so on.. But what do they mean? The CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, what a sexy name, right?) is what these abbreviations refer to.

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The Council of Europe introduced this classification in order to classify the language
proficiency levels. The classification according to the CEFR is typically used in CV’s. The
classification indicates six levels of language proficiency with regard to speaking, writing,
reading and listening in a given language.

A1 – Breakthrough or beginner

A basic ability to communicate and exchange information in a simple way.
Example: CAN ask simple questions about a menu and understand simple answers.

A2 – Waystage or elementary

An ability to deal with simple, straightforward information and begin to express oneself in familiar
contexts.
Example: CAN take part in a routine conversation on simple predictable topics.

B1 – Threshold or intermediate

The ability to express oneself in a limited way in familiar situations and to deal in a general way with nonroutine information.
Example: CAN ask to open an account at a bank, provided that the procedure is straightforward.

B2 – Vantage or upper intermediate

The capacity to achieve most goals and express oneself on a range of topics.
Example: CAN show visitors around and give a detailed description of a place.

C1 – Effective operational proficiency or advanced

The ability to communicate with the emphasis on how well it is done, in terms of appropriacy,
sensitivity and the capacity to deal with unfamiliar topics.
Example: CAN deal with hostile questioning confidently. CAN get and hold onto his/her turn to speak.

C2 – Mastery or proficiency

The capacity to deal with material which is academic or cognitively demanding, and to use language
to good effect at a level of performance which may in certain respects be more advanced than that of an average native speaker.
Example: CAN scan texts for relevant information, and grasp main topic of text, reading almost as
quickly as a native speaker.

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