The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF or CEFR) is a way of measuring the level of where you are in your language learning.
Our language academy World Language Schools uses it on a daily basis to measure the level of our students and to measure their progress during their journey in learning ESL-English as a Second Language, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Russian, Chinese or any language.
There are six levels in the CEFR.
levels A1, A2, tells us you are a beginner language learner
levels B1, B2, shows that you have advanced to a more intermediate level
Level C1 and C2 tells you that you are a more proficient and accomplished language learner.
We administer verbal and written tests to determine which level you are before you begin your language classes
As your progress thorough the levels, we are testing, giving you feedback and reinforcing your advance to the next level.
From many years of learning and teaching languages we have found that it generally will take from 2 to 3 months to advance from one level to the next. This means that on average a language learner can reach level C1 in 18 months. Of course some students can advance faster and some slower. This determination also depends on our students following our method, practicing as per our methodology and even living and studying in the target language country from 1 to 3 or more moths.
A good goal to have when learning a language like German is the B2 level. At this level you will have the capacity to express yoursel on a range of topics. For example you will be able to show visitors around and give a detailed description of a place. At work you will be able to discuss work related details with a boss, with a client or with a coworker on a range of topics.