The levels are defined in relation to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - (CEFR) is a document published by the Council of Europe in 2001, which defines levels of proficiency in a foreign language according to know-how in different areas of competence. These 6 levels are now the reference in the field of language learning and teaching in European countries and particularly for learning French in France.

CEFR levels, the common reference for languages

  • Level A1:
    • Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type
    • Can introduce themselves and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where they live, people they know and things they have.
    • Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
    • Level 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 their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
      • Level 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 while travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
        • Can produce simple connected text on topics that 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.
        • Level B2;
          • Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their field of specialization.
          • 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.
          • Level C1
            • 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.

            A clearly structured learning path and a personalized follow-up

            your progressing path:
            • Before arrival:  Online written test to guarantee your pre-placement in the group corresponding to your level.
            • Upon arrival at Accent Français:  Your teacher will evaluate your oral abilities during the first course.
            • A weekly evaluation
            • An evaluation at the end of each level
            • At the end of the program:  online level test allows you to evaluate your progress.

              If you feel that a level is too easy or too difficult, if you are progressing faster or if you wish to repeat a level, we are here to listen to you and our counselor will work with you to find a solution so that you can change classes the following week. More infos

              We can guarantee that you will achieve your learning goals for the number of weeks displayed if: 

              • You attend all lessons 
              • You fully participate in all classroom activities and tasks
              • You work daily and complete the evaluations.
              • You practice speaking French beyond the classroom and use our free exercise platform

              Free educational services  

              Educational tutoring : All along the week you can meet with a teacher to ask for advices, further details or ... to get more homework !
              Digital learning platform : This online workbook is for free. It has been designed by Accent Français teachers and provides the ideal support to complete your learning after your classes.

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