Common European Framework Reference for Languages: What level are you?

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The Common European Framework for Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment (CEFR) can be used to specify language learning goals and outcomes in an internationally comparable manner.

It describes in a comprehensive manner i) the competences necessary for communication, ii) the related knowledge and skills and iii) the situations and domains of communication.

There are six levels in this Framework: A1 (beginner), A2 (elementary), B1 (intermediate), B2 (upper intermediate), C1 (advanced), C2 (mastery/proficiency).  The French certification necessary to establish at which level you are is called the DELF (Diplôme d’Etudes en  Langue Française/Diploma of Studies in the French Language) and the DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française/Advanced Diploma in the French Language).

DELF A1
This level recognises basic knowledge. It is the most basic level at which a language is used, called the “discovery” stage. At this stage, the learner can interact in a simple way: he/she can speak about him/herself and his/her immediate environment.
Description of examinations

DELF A2
DELF A2 is based on the same principle: it recognises the linguistic competency of a basic user, considered as a social actor. The candidate can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring the most common polite phrases and exchanges of information.
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DELF B1
At this level, the user becomes independent. He/she can maintain interaction: he/she can understand and maintain a discussion and give his/her opinion. He/she is capable of dealing with situations likely to arise in daily life.
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DELF B2
A B2 user has a degree of independence that allows him/her to construct arguments to defend his/her opinion, explain his/her viewpoint and negotiate. At this level, the candidate has a degree of fluency and spontaneity in regular interactions and is capable of correcting his/her own mistakes.
Description of examinations

DALF C1
Language users at level C1 are independent. They can express themselves fluently and spontaneously. They have a large vocabulary and can choose the appropriate expression to introduce their comments. They can produce clear, well-structured discourse without hesitation and which shows controlled use of structures.
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DALF C2
C2 users’ proficiency in the language is illustrated by precision, appropriateness and fluency of expression. C2 candidates are capable of using the language for academic and advanced-level purposes.
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People who have passed the DALF (C1 or C2) are exempt from taking language tests for entrance into French universities.

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