Knowing what level you are at is key to making good progress when learning the French language. While the terms ‘Beginner’, ‘Intermediate’ or ‘Fluent’ are commonly used when talking about proficiency, they are often not specific enough to accurately determine the level at which the learners are.
At The French Learning Institute, we use the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) – a classification with precise criteria and internationally recognised standards that allows us to accurately determine the fluency of learners. In addition to setting well-defined objectives to be achieved, this facilitates understanding and comparison between institutions and organisations. The CEFR is divided into 6 levels – starting at A1 for a complete beginner, all the way up to C2 (perfect mastery of the language).