The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is a guideline used to describe achievements of learners of foreign languages across Europe and, increasingly, in other countries. It was put together by the Council of Europe as the main part of the project “Language Learning for European Citizenship” between 1989 and 1996. Its main aim is to provide a method of learning, teaching and assessing which applies to all languages in Europe. In November 2001, a European Union Council Resolution recommended using the CEFR to set up systems of validation of language ability. The six reference levels (see below) are becoming widely accepted as the European standard for grading an individual’s language proficiency.
The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) provides a basis for the mutual recognition of language qualifications, thus facilitating educational and occupational mobility. The CEFR focuses on:
Learning, Teaching, Assessment
This Framework divides learners into three broad divisions that can be divided into six levels; for each level, it describes what a learner is supposed to be able to do in reading, listening, speaking and writing. Click here to see a table giving a detailed indication of these levels. (These descriptors can apply to any of the languages spoken in Europe).
More information on what you can expect to achieve at each level is outlined in our ‘Can Do Statements’– CEFR levels!
The above table gives a clearer overview of the CEFR levels in relation to the current levels taught at second level in Ireland:
Standardised Proficency Tests:
There is also a list of standardized tests that assess someone’s language proficiency of a foreign/secondary language. For students opting to set out on a progression level with any of the languages currently offered at Clonmel Tuition Academy please click on the links to the right for more information (Exams/Fees/Examination centres, etc) on the languages currently available at CTA: