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Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

The Institut Ramon Llull Catalan Language Certificates are in keeping with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and  progress on a scale of  5 levels established by ALTE (Association of Language Testers in Europe) applied for the majority of European languages.

EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK

The  Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment is a document drawn up by the Council of Europe with the aim of   providing a common basis for the explicit description of objectives, content and methods for language learning regarding courses, programmes and qualifications, describing “in a comprehensive way what language learners have to learn to do in order to use a language for communication and what knowledge and skills they have to develop so as to be able to act effectively.

 

TABLE OF EQUIVALENCES
COMMON REFERENCE LEVELS FOR LANGUAGES (COUNCIL OF EUROPE) INSTITUTE RAMON LLULL CATALAN LANGUAGE CERTIFICATE General Directorate for Language Policy Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government) Valencia Government Language Proficiency Board General Directorate of Language Policy Balearic Islands Government
Basic User- A1 Breakthrough or Beginner - - - -
Basic User- A2 Waystage or Elementary Nivell bàsic (A2) Nivell bàsic (A2) Coneixements orals Nivell A2
Independent User- B1 Threshold or intermediate Nivell elemental (B1) Nivell elemental (B1) Grau elemental Nivell B1
Independent User- B2 Vantage or Upper Intermediate Nivell intermedi (B2) Nivell intermedi (B2) - Nivell B2
Proficient User- C1 Effective Operational Proficiency or Advanced Nivell de suficiència (C1) Nivell de suficiència (C1) Grau mitjà Nivell C1
Proficient User- C2 Mastery or Proficiency Nivell superior (C2) Nivell superior (C2) Grau superior Nivell C2

COMMON REFERENCE LEVELS FOR LANGUAGES AS ESTABLISHED BY THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE

BASIC USER A1

The learner/user can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interface in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

BASIC USER A2

The learner/user can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

INDEPENDENT USER B1

The learner/user can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

INDEPENDENT USER B2

The learner/user can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. 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, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

PROFICIENT USER C1

The learner/user can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

PROFICIENT USER C2

The learner/user can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise 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 finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.
The Institut Ramon Llull is a consortium that comprises the Generalitat (Government of Catalonia), Balearic Islands Government and the Barcelona City Council, and its mission is the promotion of Catalan language and culture abroad.
Generalitat de Catalunya Govern de les Illes Balears Ajuntament de Barcelona
The IRL forms part of the Fundació Ramon Llull, which was established by the Government of Andorra, the Ramon Llull Institute, General Council of the Eastern Pyrenees, the city of Alghero, Balearic Islands Towns and Entities Network and the group of Valencian Cities, and has its central offices in Andorra.
Fundació Ramon Llull