Understanding English levels
The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is a way of describing language ability and is often used to help language learners choose learning materials and courses at the right level.
The CEFR has six levels, from A1 to C2. For each level, the CEFR describes what a learner can do when speaking, reading, listening and writing in English.
The British Council has produced a useful table for learners to understand the levels of British Council courses, the CEFR levels and different exams.
Skills at A1 English level (elementary)
What can an A1-level learner of English do?
- They can understand and use very common everyday expressions and simple phrases for immediate needs.
- They can introduce themselves and other people and can ask and answer questions about personal details, such as where they live, things they have and people they know.
- They can communicate in a simple way if the other person talks slowly and clearly.
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