On October 2nd I attended a Global Studies Conference in The University of Nebraska at Omaha. The topic that I was Impressed the most is about Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) by Dr. Böhlke from Creighton University.
The result of over twenty years of research, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is exactly what its title says it is: a framework of reference. It was designed to provide a transparent, coherent and comprehensive basis for the elaboration of language syllabuses and curriculum guidelines, the design of teaching and learning materials, and the assessment of foreign language proficiency. It is not only used in European countries but some countries include my country, Indonesia.
The CEFR describes foreign language proficiency at six levels: A1 and A2, B1 and B2, C1 and C2. It also defines three ‘plus’ levels (A2+, B1+, B2+).
The CEFR’s illustrative scales of “can do” descriptors are available in a bank of descriptors together with many other related descriptors.
The Common European Framework divides learners into three broad divisions which can be divided into six levels:
A Basic Speaker
A2 Way stage
B Independent Speaker
C Proficient Speaker
C1 Effective Operational Proficiency
CEFR Levels can be compared with IELTS band scores to see whether you meet the minimum criteria of English language proficiency requirements.
Comparison of CEFR Levels and IELTS Band Scores
CEFR level A1 = IELTS 1.0-2.5
CEFR level A2 = IELTS 3.0
CEFR level B1 = IELTS 3.5-4.5
CEFR level B2 = IELTS 5.0-6.0
CEFR level C1 = IELTS 6.5-7.0
CEFR level C2 = IELTS 7.5-9.0
Here is a link that you guys can click on for more information about CEFR http://www.finchpark.com/courses/sheets.htm