Zurichsee International Language Studio

Language Skill Levels

The Levels of the Common European Framework (CEF)

Our teaching is geared to the Common European Framework (CEF) of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment.

What is the CEF?

The CEF provides the basis for the development of teaching plans, examinations as well as teaching and learning materials for all of Europe. It is organized according to six levels of competence and specifies what learners at each stage are able to understand and express.

The CEF defines six internationally comparable levels of progress:

  • A1 and A2: basic language skills
  • B1 and B2: independent use of language
  • C1 und C2: proficient use of language

On completing these levels, you will have the following skills:

A1

Listening

understand familiar words and simple phrases when they are spoken slowly and clearly.

 

Reading

comprehend single words and simple sentences, e.g. signs and billboards.

 

Speaking

communicate in short, simple phrases.

 

Writing

produce short, simple notes and postcards and fill in forms.

 

A2

Listening

understand the overall meaning of short, simple, clearly spoken messages.

 

Reading

read and comprehend short, simple text, e.g. advertisements and personal correspondence.

 

Speaking

make yourself understood with a series of sentences in familiar everyday situations.

 

Writing

produce short, simple notes, messages, emails and personal letters.

 

B1

Listening

understand important information regarding work, school, free time, etc.

 

Reading

comprehend texts written in everyday language for general and job-related purposes.

 

Speaking

participate in conversations regarding family, hobbies, work, travel and current events.

 

Writing

produce simple, connected text on familiar themes and topics.

 

B2

Listening

follow lengthy statements and reports as well as most films and TV programmes when the topics are somewhat familiar.

 

Reading

understand articles, reports and contemporary literary prose.

 

Speaking

relay ideas relatively fluently and spontaneously, and actively participate in discussions.

 

Writing

produce detailed texts such as essays, reports and letters, and present arguments effectively.

 

C1

Listening

understand lengthy reports, lectures, TV programmes and films without great effort.

 

Reading

comprehend complex and lengthy texts of a specialised or literary nature.

 

Speaking

express thoughts spontaneously, fluently and precisely.

 

Writing

produce clear, well-structured texts in appropriate style on complex subjects.

 

C2

Listening

understand spoken language with ease, even when spoken quickly.

 

Reading

comprehend original texts of any complexity with ease.

 

Speaking

participate effortlessly in all conversations and discussions, understanding and using colloquial language.

 

Writing

produce sophisticated and complex texts, summarize and discuss specialized texts and literature.