Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
The goal of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is to gain a larger unity and transparency when dealing with foreign languages. This helps to simplify cross-country recognition of language certificates and to promote cooperation between foreign educational institutions. International language certificates (TOEFL, Cambridge, IELTS etc.) as well as DAAD language tests and DaF-certificates use the CEFR as its base. Hence all CLIC language courses are divided in CEFR levels.
The CEFR determines levels of language proficiency in the fields of communicative skills, active and receptive skills and language skills for specific purposes. These levels range from A1 for beginners to C2 for the highest level of language proficiency. For a precise breakdown of each level's competences please click here.
The time needed for the average learner to reach the next proficiency level varies depending on the complexity of the language. Thus, language courses at CLIC take one, two or even three semesters to complete one level. As an example, the following can be said for level A1 (beginner):
- Languages like French, Italian, Spanish and Turkish master the entire level in one semester.
- All other beginner's courses take at least two semesters (A1.1 + A1.2).
- Languages that require to learn a new alphabet take three semesters (A1.1 + A1.2 + A1.3).