A2, B1, C1? We’ve all heard these language level labels but what do they actually mean? And more importantly, where is your level in French on the scale?
Fed up with being met with blank stares in response to what you thought was a perfectly crafted phrase? If you’ve been in Paris for a while you’ll know how important it is to get your level in French up to standard.
French is among the top 10 languages spoken worldwide and it is not difficult to get your hands on an article, a book, a website, or a video in French. And if you’re living in Paris you can use the Loqacious app to meet up with a real live French person!! Whatever you do, the most important thing when learning a foreign language is to practice.
Take a look at our article: 7 Tips and tricks to learn a new language for tips on improving your language level. But what is a language level, you wonder? How do you know what your language level is, and what test should you take to determine it?
Keep reading and we’ll explain it all for you!
Level in French or another language?
The reference scale in this area was developed by Cambridge University for the Council of Europe: CEFR, Common European Framework of Reference (in French : le CECRL ou Cadre européen commun de référence pour les langues).
The overall language proficiency scale includes three general levels divided into six common levels based on objective skills: the ability to understand what is said, to speak, to write. This scale is used to measure a person’s level of proficiency of all languages in Europe.
(For more information on the CEFR please visit: http://www.etsglobal.org/Fr/Fre/Recherche/CECRL)
The levels of proficiency
Here is a brief explanation of the different foreign language proficiency levels. This should help give you an idea of your language level and what skills you need to develop to progress.
The three basic levels are:
A: basic user (= compulsory education)
B: independent user (= high-school)
C: proficient user
These three levels are then subdivided into Levels 1 and 2 (A1 / A2, B1 / B2, C1 / C2) according to the level of proficiency. Take a look at the table below and the short description of each language level. Try to figure out what your level is. Of course, each level includes several skills, we will try to give you the basics.
The Loqacious team is multi-lingual. We are also trying to improve ourselves and learn different foreign languages. We know the difficulties and challenges you are facing each day, and we are here to help you learn more easily.
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