Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

The CEFR: transparent, sale coherent and comprehensive

The result of over twenty years of research, remedy the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, generic teaching, assessment (CEFR) is exactly what its title says it is: a framework of reference. It was designed to provide a transparent, coherent and comprehensive basis for the elaboration of language syllabuses and curriculum guidelines, the design of teaching and learning materials, and the assessment of foreign language proficiency. 

Six levels of foreign language proficiency

The CEFR describes foreign language proficiency at six levels: A1 and A2, B1 and B2, C1 and C2. It also defines three ‘plus’ levels (A2+, B1+, B2+).

        A European Indicator of Language Competence

Following the call of the Barcelona European Council (March 2002), the European Commission has developed a survey based on the CEFR to measure the foreign / second language proficiency of pupils at the end of compulsory education. The purpose of the survey is to establish a European Indicator of Language Competence, providing member states with internationally comparable data on the results of foreign language teaching and learning in the European Union.

Supporting material and publications

 

 

Information ( dossier)