The Common European Framework for Reference

Tobian Language School is using the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is an international standard for describing language ability. It describes language ability on a six-point scale, from A1 for beginners, up to C2 for those who have mastered a language.

This makes it easy for anyone involved in language teaching and testing, such as teachers or learners, to see the level of different qualifications. It also means that employers and educational institutions can easily compare our qualifications to other exams in their country. The different levels are explained below and the course structure per level is estimated. 


Understand and use very basic expressions to satisfy concrete needs.

Introduce themselves and ask others questions about personal details.

Interact simply as long as the other person speaks slowly and clearly.

Understand frequently used expressions in most intermediate areas such as shopping, family, employment, etc.

Complete tasks that are routine and involve a direct exchange of information.

Describe matters of immediate need in simple terms.


Understand points regarding family, work, school or leisure-related topics.

Deal with most travel situations in areas where the language is spoken.

Create simple texts on topics of personal interest.

Describe experiences, events, dreams, and ambitions, as well as opinions or plans in brief.

Understand the main ideas of a complex text such as a technical piece related to their field.

Spontaneously interact without too much strain for either the learner or the native speaker.

Produce a detailed text on a wide range of subjects.


Understand a wide range of longer and more demanding texts or conversations.

Express ideas without too much searching.

Effectively use the language for social, academic or professional situations.

Create well-structured and detailed texts on complex topics

Understand almost everything read or heard with ease.

Summarize information from a variety of sources into a coherent presentation.

Express themselves using precise meaning in complex scenarios.

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