The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
The CEFR is an internationally recognised framework that describes 6 levels of language ability from A1 for beginners up to C2 for those who have mastered a language. The CEFR is used by organisations all over the world as a reliable benchmark of language ability.
|A1||Can understand basic instructions or take part in a basic factual conversation on a predictable topic.||Can understand basic notices, instructions or information.||Can complete basic forms, and write notes including times, dates and places.|
|A2||Can express simple opinions or requirements in a familiar context.||Can understand straightforward information within a known area, such as on products and signs and simple textbooks or reports on familiar matters.||Can complete forms and write short simple letters or postcards related to personal information.|
|B1||Can express opinions on abstract/cultural matters in a limited way or offer advice within a known area, and understand instructions or public announcements.||Can understand routine information and articles, and the general meaning of non-routine information within a familiar area.||Can write letters or make notes on familiar or predictable matters.|
|B2||Can follow or give a talk on a familiar topic or keep up a conversation on a fairly wide range of topics.||Can scan texts for relevant information, and understand detailed instructions or advice.||Can make notes while someone is talking or write a letter including non-standard requests.|
|C1||Can contribute effectively to meetings and seminars within own area of work or keep up a casual conversation with a good degree of fluency, coping with abstract expressions.||Can read quickly enough to cope with an academic course, to read the media for information or to understand non-standard correspondence.||Can prepare/draft professional correspondence, take reasonably accurate notes in meetings or write an essay which shows an ability to communicate.|
|C2||Can advise on or talk about complex or sensitive issues, understanding colloquial references and dealing confidently with hostile questions.||Can understand documents, correspondence and reports, including the finer points of complex texts.||Can write letters on any subject and full notes of meetings or seminars with good expression and accuracy.|
Our materials are written for B1–B2 level
Most of the materials on Cambridge English Teacher are written for teachers who have a B2 level of English and above. We try to keep the level required lower if possible; however some concepts are hard to explain with lower level English.
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