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The language proficiency levels used at French Academy follows the recommendations of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) developed by the Council of Europe.

The CEFR provides a common basis for designing curricula and qualifications. It sets out three levels which are recognised internationally: basic user (A1-A2), independent user (B1-B2) and proficient user (C1-C2).

A1 | Breakthrough level

You are getting to know the language, its familiar words and common everyday expressions. You can introduce yourself and introduce other people, answer simple questions (name, home country, address, age, etc.). You can understand signs, write a postcard, order food in a restaurant, etc

Learning level: 45h-60h
At French Academy : 50h
Level A1.1 (25h) + Level A1.2 (25h)

B1 | Threshold level

You can take part in a conversation without preparation, formulate ideas, express emotions, tell a story and cope in a variety of everyday situations, in writing and orally.

You can follow a radio or television program on a familiar topic and give your opinion. 

Learning level average: 180h

At French Academy : 120h

Level B1.1 (50h) + Level B1.2 (50h) + Level B1.3 (25h)

C1 | Effective operational proficiency level

You speak French in an even more complex and spontaneous way on a range of subjects. You are able to interpret double and implicit meanings. You almost never have to search for words. You know how to structure your ideas and have your own style. You feel completely secure when using the language. 

Learning level: 200h

A2 | Waystage level

You can get by in French in your daily life. You can understand individual sentences and frequently used expressions, read and write short texts and hold short conversation. You can to give descriptions of your family and other people, your home life and your job, your holidays and memories, your plans. 

Learning level: 180h

At French Academy : 125h
Level A2.1 (50h) + Level A2.2 (50h) + Level A2
.3 (25h) 

B2 | Vantage level

You have reached such a degree of spontaneity and fluency that you no longer have any difficulty in making an active contribution to lengthy discussions, describing situations with precision, making a phone call, defending your opinions, reading contemporary novels, following films or writing well-argued reports. 

Learning level average: 180h

At French Academy : 120h

Level B2.1 (50h) + Level B2.2 (50h) + Level B2.3 (25h)

C2 | Mastery level

You can use the language with ease, producing persuasive arguments on complex issues.

You can produce almost error-free written reports. Idiomatic expressions and accents cause you no problems.

You now feel that you can write and speak effortlessly.

Learning level: -

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Unless you are enrolling on a beginners’ course (level A1), you must take our language proficiency test before you enrol with us for the first time.

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