Level System

The level system of our German group courses corresponds to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
• Competence level A describes an elementary use of language.
• Competence level B describes an independent use of language.
• Competence level C describes a competent use of language.

The books used in our intensive and semi-intensive courses cover half levels according to CEFR, e.g. A1.1 and A1.2

The courses from level A1 to level B1 contain a progressive structure in terms of grammar and vocabulary, and therefore should only be taken one after the other. On the advanced levels B2 and C1 there is no progression in terms of grammar and vocabulary. Each unit in the books on B2 and C1 level can be covered separately. Therefore, you can also take the course B2.2 before the course B2.1 or the course C1.2 before C1.1. If you are not sure what prior language knowledge you have and which course level you should select, please use this placement test before booking a course or contact us via e-mail if you have further questions.

Level System Intensive Course

A1.1A1A2B1B2C1A1.2A2.1A2.2B1.1B1.2B2.1B2.2C1.1C1.24 weeks4 weeks4 weeks4 weeks4 weeks4 weeks4 weeks4 weeks4 weeks4 weeks

How long does it take to get A1?

After 2 months (2 intensive courses) you will have finished a complete language level.

Level System Semi-Intensive Course

A1.1A1A2B1B2C1A1.2A2.1A2.2B1.1B1.2B2.1B2.2C1.1C1.28 weeks8 weeks8 weeks8 weeks8 weeks8 weeks8 weeks8 weeks8 weeks8 weeks

How long does it take to get A1?

After 4 months (2 semi-intensive courses) you will have finished a complete language level.

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, abbreviated as CEFR, is a guideline used to describe achievements of learners of foreign languages across Europe. It was put together by the Council of Europe with the main aim to provide a method of assessing and teaching which applies to all languages in Europe.

The CEFR levels

A1 Basic Speaker – Breakthrough
Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

A2 Basic Speaker – Waystage
Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

B1 Independent Speaker – Threshold
Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

B2 Independent Speaker – Vantage
Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

C1 Proficient Speaker – Effective Operational Proficiency
Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

C2 Proficient Speaker – Mastery
Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.

Source: Council of Europe, Language Policy Unit, Strasbourg
www.coe.int/lang-CEFR: “Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (CEFR)”

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