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Beginner

The CECR has determined 3 proficiency levels all divided in 2 sub-levels, from A1 (great beginner) to C2 (full proficiency).

The council of Europe has made a wonderful tools for teachers and students to find out their level: the self assessment grid.

Please find below the description for the levels A1 and A2 in the listening, reading, spoken (interaction/ production) and writing fields.

Does your skills match one of those description? If not, check the other level grids.

Common reference levels: self-assessment grid
Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: learning, teaching, assessment
Chapter 3, Table 2

A1

A2

L
I
S
T
E
N
I
N
G
I can recognise familiar words
and very basic phrases
concerning myself, my family
and immediate concrete
surroundings when people speak slowly and clearly.
I can understand phrases and the
highest frequency vocabulary
related to areas of most
immediate personal relevance
(e.g. very basic personal and
family information, shopping,
local area, employment). I can
catch the main point in short,
clear, simple messages and
announcements.
R
E
A
D
I
N
G
I can understand familiar names,
words and very simple sentences,
for example on notices and
posters or in catalogues.
I can read very short, simple
texts. I can find specific, predictable information in simple
everyday material such as
advertisements, prospectuses,
menus and timetables and I can
understand short simplepersonal
letters.
S
P
O
K
E
N
 
Interaction
I can interact in a simple way
provided the other person is
prepared to repeat or rephrase
things at a slower rate of speech and help me formulate what I’m trying to say. I can ask and answer simple questions in areas of immediate need or on very familiar topics.
I can communicate in simple and
routine tasks requiring a simple
and direct exchange of
information on familiar topics
and activities. I can handle very
short social exchanges, even
though I can’t usually understand
enough to keep the conversation
going myself.
S
P
O
K
E
N
Production
I can use simple phrases and
sentences to describe where I live and people I know.
I can use a series of phrases and
sentences to describe in simple
terms my family and other
people, living conditions, my
educational background and my
present or most recent job.
W
R
I
T
I
N
G
I can write a short, simple
postcard, for example sending
holiday greetings. I can fill in
forms with personal details, for
example entering my name,
nationality and address on a hotel registration form.
I can write short, simple notes
and messages relating to matters
in areas of immediate needs. I
can write a very simple personal
letter, for example thanking
someone for something.

This extract is taken from the CECR.
Copyright © exclusively of Council of Europe.

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