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The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CECRL in French) is a document that has been published by the Council of Europe in 2001, in order to assess proficiency levels in a foreign language based on learner’s achievements in various fields of expertise. These proficiency levels now constitute the framework of reference for learning and teaching languages in many countries. In France, they are included in the Education code as proficiency levels in foreign languages expected from students in primary and secondary schools.

The main innovation introduced by the CECRL is the assessment chart of language proficiency, which is independent from the assessing organization, and can be applied to any language, unlike other assessment methods that are often valid in one given country, of for one given school, and can generally only be applied to one given language. For these reasons, organizations are more and more incline to use the same assessment bank of descriptors based on the CECRL proficiency levels, or at least to provide a conversion grid.

Conseil europe - AF Nice

Levels A1 ▶︎▶︎ C2

Proficient
user

C2

Can understand virtually at ease everything read or heard. 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 finest shades of meaning in complex situations.

C1

Can understand a wide range of demanding longer texts, and recognize implicit meanings. 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 express him/herself clearly and using well-structured sentences on complex subjects, showing controlled used of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

Independent
user

B2

Can understand the main ideas of complex, concrete or abstract texts and can follow a technical discussion 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 and detailed speech on a wide range of subjects and explain a point of view on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

B1

Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters (work, studies, hobbies, etc.) Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics, which are familiar, or of personal interest. Can describe events, experiences or dreams, hopes, express goals, and justify briefly a project.

Basic
user

A2

Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (personal and family information, shopping, local geography, work). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information. Can describe in simple terms his or her course and immediate environment and express him/herself on matters in areas of immediate need.

A1

Can understand and use familiar daily expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself or introduce someone, can ask and answer questions about personal details (who he or she is, where does he or she lives, what does he or she have etc…) Can interact in a simple way provided that the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

Language Tests and CECR proficiency levels

TCF

TEF

DELF / DALF

IELTS

TOEFL (ib)

TOEFL (cb)

TOEIC

HSK

Goethe

DELE

Proficient
user

C2

600

834

DALF C2

8.0

119

300

990

-

6

C2

C1

500

699

DALF C1

5

110

270

945

6

5

C1

Independent
user

B2

400

541

DELF B2

5.0

87

227

785

5

4

B2

B1

300

361

DELF B1

4.0

57

163

550

4

3

B1

Basic
user

A2

200

204

DELF A2

3.0

18

60

225

3

2

A2

A1

100

69

DELF A1

2.0

-

-

120

2

1

A1

Advancement and Textbooks based on CECRL proficiency levels (at the AF de Nice)

Number of hours usually required to take the next level

Proficient
user

C2

C1

Level 13

flexible

Alter Ego 5
+ teaching materials put up by the teaching staff of the AF de Nice

Level 12

flexible

Independent
user

B2

Level 11

80

Alter Ego+ 4 (part 7-9)

820 Euros (10,25 Euros/hour)

Level 10

80

Alter Ego+ 4 (part 4-6)

820 Euros (10,25 Euros/hour)

Level 9

80

Alter Ego+ 4 (part 1-3)

820 Euros (10,25 Euros/hour)

B1

Level 8

80

Alter Ego+ 3 (part 7-9)

820 Euros (10,25 Euros/hour)

Level 7

80

Alter Ego+ 3 (part 4-6)

820 Euros (10,25 Euros/hour)

Level 6

80

Alter Ego+ 3 (part 1-3)

820 Euros (10,25 Euros/hour)

Basic
user

A2

Level 5

80

Alter Ego+ 2 (part 6-8)

820 Euros (10,25 Euros/hour)

Level 4

80

Alter Ego+ 2 (part 3-5)

820 Euros (10,25 Euros/hour)

Level 3

80

Alter Ego+ 2 (part 1-2)

820 Euros (10,25 Euros/hour)

A1

Level 2

80

Alter Ego+ 1 (part 6-9)

820 Euros (10,25 Euros/hour)

Level 1

80

Alter Ego+ 1 (part 0-5)

820 Euros (10,25 Euros/hour)

Each level represents 4 weeks of intensive classes (20 hours/week). Rate is 820 Euros (10.25 Euros/hour).

After purchasing 12 weeks of classes, you will benefit from a 10% discount on all courses at the AF de Nice. Four weeks of classes then cost 738 Euros (9.25 Euros/hour)

You can purchase the 400-hour package for 3325 Euros (8.31 Euros/hour) at any time.

Registration fees + Learning materials: 78 Euros.

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