The Objective of the Common European Framework (CEF)
The CEF intends to provide a comprehensive framework that describes all aspects of language learning and teaching at all levels, in all types of learning institutions, for all ages and in all member countries of the Council of Europe.
How is language competence defined and measured?
Most people find it very difficult to describe how well they speak another language. Often information like school diplomas, years spent learning a language or numbers of hours of language tuition do not provide tangible information about actual language competence. With this in mind, the Council of Europe has defined various CEF language proficiency levels in order to create a uniform system that allows both transparency and coherence.
The language proficiency levels are defined on the basis of language skills, that means they describe the practical ability at different levels (I can statements) and not the knowledge of or theoretical familiarity with the language.
Table of language proficiency levels
A1 - A2: Basic User
B1 - B2: Independent User
C1 - C2: Proficient User
The German Course covers the A1 to B1 language proficiency levels of the Common European Framework (CEF). These levels refer to the following language skills:
Language proficiency levels
|… speak and understand a little German. I have had less than 75 hours of German language tuition and I know less than 500 words.
|… ask others questions about themselves (about their background, their family, how they spend their free time, their daily routine and so on) and answer questions like these. I have had about 75 hours of German language tuition and have a vocabulary of about 500 words.
|… ask others questions about themselves (about their family, their schooling, their work, how they spend their free time, their travels, food and beverages) and answer questions like these. I have had about 150 hours of German language tuition and have a vocabulary of about 1000 words.
|… communicate in simple routine situations where I can describe my background and education, say how I spend my free time, where I live, what it looks like there and what a typical day in my life looks like. I have had about 225 hours of German language tuition and have a vocabulary of about 1500 words.
|… communicate in routine situations, describe my education, say what my profession is, what I do in my free time and describe my city, talk about my travels and what happened to me during my travels. I have had about 300 hours of German language tuition and I have a vocabulary of about 2000 words.
|… manage in most situations that one would encounter when traveling in the regions where the language is spoken. I can report experiences and events, I can also describe my dreams, hopes and goals both in writing and orally. I have had about 400 hours of German language tuition and have a vocabulary of about 2500 words.