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You don’t know which level you have in French?

Here an overview of the The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (source: Council of Europe). This is a guideline used to describe achievements of learners of foreign languages : what a learner is supposed to be able to do in reading, listening, speaking and writing.

Level A : Basic user

LEVEL

DESCRIPTION

A1 BEGINNER

  • Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases,
  • Can introduce themselves and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details,
  • Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

A2 ELEMENTARY

  • Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions,
  • Can communicate in simple and routine tasks,
  • Can describe in simple terms aspects of their background

Level B : independent user

LEVELDESCRIPTION
B1 INTERMEDIATE
  • Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters,
  • Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling,
  • Can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest,
  • Can describe experiences, dreams and ambitions (etc.) and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
B2 UPPER INTERMEDIATE
  • Can understand the main ideas of complex text,
  • Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible,
  • Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint.

Level C : Proficient user

LEVEL

DESCRIPTION

C1
EFFECTIVE OPERATIONAL PROFICIENCY

  • Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer clauses, and recognize implicit meaning,
  • Can express ideas 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 organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

C2
MASTERY

  • Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read,
  • Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation,
  • Can express themselves spontaneously, very fluently and precisely

French Level


Situation de communication

Number of hours of learning

Beginners

A1

Discover the fundamentals of the language and be able to make simple sentences and understand the common words.

60 hours

Elementary

A2

Be able to cope with everyday situations.

160 hours of learning (100 hours + 60 acquired at the previous level).

Intermediate

B1

Improve your conversation skills

210 hours of learning (160 hours of the previous level + 60 hours minimum to reach this level).

Upper Intermediate

B2

Become independent and gain a deeper understanding of the French language

300 hours

Advanced

C1

Be able to express clearly on a wide variety of subjects : educational, professional or leisures on a higher advanced level

Requires a linguistic improvement at variable hourly volume, at least 670 hours of learning.

Superior

C2

Proficient : speak the langage of Molière like a native person !


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