Common European Framework of Reference for Languages


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

A1       Breakthrough

A2       Way stage

B         Independent Speaker

B1       Threshold

B2       Vantage

C         Proficient Speaker

C1       Effective Operational Proficiency

C2       Mastery

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


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