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The 6 EC language proficiency levels

 

You will find here below where you stand in terms of language competence:

 competence

A1

A2

B1

B2

C1

C2

oral comprehension

Can understand familiar words and common expressions about self, family and close, immediate environment, provided speakers speak slowly and clearly. Can understand common expressions and vocabulary concerned with personal history, shopping, local geography, etc. Can pick up gist of simple clear messages. Can understand the main points in straightforward statements about common issues i.e., job, school, leisure, etc.

Can understand the main points in radio or TV news reports, or regarding issues of personal or professional interest provided speech is relatively slow and clear.

Can understand long conferences and lectures, or even follow an argument provided subject is relatively familiar. 

Can understand most news-oriented TV shows. 

Can understand most movies in standard language.

Can understand long lectures, even when not clearly organized, with only implicit structuring devices.

Can understand any TV show or film almost effortlessly.

Has no difficulty understanding oral language, whether live or on the radio, even when speaker is fast, provided some time is allowed to get used to the accent.

 competence

A1

A2

B1

B2

C1

C2

written comprehension

Can understand familiar nouns, very simple words and sentences such as found in classified ads, posters or catalogues. Can read short, very basic texts. Can find specific, predictable information in common documents ie, classifed ads, brochures, menus or train schedules, and understand brief, simple private correspondence. Can understand text in ordinary language regarding daily life or job. Can understand the desciption of events, the expression of feelings and wishes in private correspondence. Can read articles and accounts on contemporary issues where writers will take sides and defend their viewpoints.

Can understand contemporary literary text, but not poetry.

Can understand long and complex factual or literary writing and comprehend nuances in style. 

Can understand professional articles and lengthy technical brochures even when they do not belong to habitual area of competence

Can easily read virtually any text including abstract writing, made complex by its structure or jargon, such as manuals, professional articles or literary works of all kinds.

 competence

A1

A2

B1

B2

C1

C2

oral interaction

Can communicate as long as the speaker is ready to repeat or reformulate more slowly what he's said, and to help me word out what I'm trying to say.

Can ask simple questions on familiar subjects or regarding immediate needs.

Can answer such questions.

Can communicate regarding simple, basic tasks requiring only a simple exchange of information on familiar subjects or activities.

Can sustain very brief exchanges, but no real conversation.

Can face most situations to be expected during a trip to the target country. 

Can take part with no preparation in a conversation where familiar, daily routine or private interest subjects are evoked, i.e., family, leisure, work, travel, the news.

Can communicate with sufficient ease and spontaneousness to allow interaction with a native speaker.

Can actively participate in a conversation on familiar topics and extend and defend personal opinions.

Can speak spontaneously without seeming to be groping for words.

Can use the language with resilience and efficiency in social and professional situations.

Can express opinions and ideas with accuracy and adapt his/her discourse to the audience with skill.

Can take part effortlessly in any conversation or debate while showing appropriate use of colloquialisms and idioms.

Can fluently and properly convey fine shades of meaning, while being able to backtrack if necessary without being detected.

 competence

A1

A2

B1

B2

C1

C2

oral expression

Can use simple expressions and statements to describe familiar places and people. Can use a repertoire of frequently used "routines" and patterns simple expressions and statements to describe family and other people, his/her lifestyle, training and current/recent occupation. Can organize expression, albeit simply, to tell about personal experiences or events, dreams, projets and goals in life. 

Can briefly justify or explain aproject or an idea.

Can tell a story, or the storyline of a film / book while expressing reactions.

Can speak clearly and accurately about a whole range of subjects related to his/her major preoccupations. 

Can pass judgment about a given problem and review the advantages and downsides of a variety of solutions.

Can present detailed descriptions of complex subjects while reviewing related sub-headings and underlining some of them to reach an appropriate conclusion.  Can introduce a description or thesis with clarity and accuracy, in a style adapted to the context,  making full and appropriate use of a variety of organisational patterns to help the audience remember salient points.

 competence

A1

A2

B1

B2

C1

C2

written expression

Can write a short postcard (the holiday type),.

Can fill out a questionaire, i.e., write his/her name, nationality and address on a hotel form.

Can write simple brief messages related to immediate needs. 

Can write a simple letter, i.e., to say thank you.

Can write a simple and coherent text on familiar or private subjects.

Can write private letters to describe experiences and impressions.

Can write clear and detailed texts regarding a wide range of subjects related to personal interests.

Can write an essay or report, conveying information or assessing the pros and cons in a given situation.

Can write letters, extracting meaning from events or experien ces.

Can create clear and well-structured text to express his/her point of view.

Can present complex subjects in detail in a letter, essay or report, emphasizing important points.

Can write texts of various types in a personal, convincing style, bearing in mind the target reader.

Can produce clear, smoothly-flowing, well-structured speech, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices, allowing the reader to note and remember salient points.

Can write abstracts or reviews of professional books or literary works.