REFERENCE LEVELS      A1 - A2 - B1 - B2 - C1 - C2

With Alliance Française, you benefit from over 130 years of experience and constant development of our teaching methods,
the qualifications of our teachers and advanced research in second language acquisition. Our program and evaluation system are modeled
on the 6 levels, from beginners to expert learners, of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

This educational framework provides superior quality training and motivates students to understand, master and evaluate what they are learning and actively participate in the learning process. The CEFRL allows students to continue their studies uninterrupted, anywhere in our worldwide network,
even if they move or travel.

Our Textbook with CDs & Exercise book series ALTER EGO+ written by teachers from Alliance Française Paris is aligned with the CEFRL. ALTER EGO+ is a modern French language method. It represents a structured, practical and comprehensive approach. Each book (A1- A2- B1- B2- C1- C2) corresponds to over 120 hours of instruction. 

There are 6 common reference levels in the CEFR global scale: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2  

                                                                       BASIC USER

A1     BEGINNER 100 to LEVEL 109
Understands and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

A2    LEVEL 201 to LEVEL 209
Understands sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).  Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

                                                                      INDEPENDENT USER
B1    LEVEL 301 to LEVEL 309
Understands the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst traveling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

B2    LEVEL 401 to LEVEL 409
Understands the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

                                                                      PROFICIENT USER
C1    LEVEL 501 to LEVEL 509
Understands a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognizes implicit meaning.
Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

Understands with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.

Do you know your level in French?  Take your Free placement test!