Language Level Help
When learning a foreign language it is important to choose learning contents according to your language level in order to learn appropriately. To be able to do that, you first have to find out what your language level is, which means you have to determine how good your foreign language skills currently are. The following information will help you to evaluate your language level. Then you can choose learning contents in our portals according to your needs. For that purpose, all the contents that address a certain language level are marked with a hint in the navigation column.
Below is an overview of the possibilities presented on this site for finding out your current language level:
The Common European Framework – a guideline
The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF) is a guideline used to describe the achievements of foreign language learners across Europe. It was put together by the Council of Europe to provide a method of assessing and comparing learners' language proficiency.
The Common European Framework divides learners into three broad divisions, which are then divided into six levels:
- Level A – Basic Speaker
- A1 Breakthrough or beginner
- A2 Waystage or elementary
- Level B – Independent Speaker
- B1 Threshold or pre-intermediate
- B2 Vantage or intermediate
- Level C – Proficient Speaker
- C1 Effective Operational Proficiency or upper intermediate
- C2 Mastery or advanced
The CEF describes your ability in the following skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing. Take a look at the descriptions and consider which statements apply to you. They help to roughly evaluate your language level.
Relating your language level to the years of learning
Besides using self-assessment tests and estimating your language level according to the descriptions of the CEF, you can also relate your language level to the years of learning the foreign language. However, there are no international guidelines which allow a valid attribution of one's years of learning to a certain level because one language class can be very different from another.
If you are attending a (language) school, you can ask your teacher to assess or estimate your language level.
There are tests online designed to correspond to the Common European Framework for Languages. Use for example this test to assess your language level.