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Methods and Levels

 

Methods and Levels


The Common European Framework of Reference

 

The Common European Framework provides a common basis for the elaboration of language syllabuses, curriculum guidelines, examinations, textbooks, etc. across Europe. It describes in a comprehensive way what language learners have to learn 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. The description also covers the cultural context in which language is set. The Framework also defines levels of proficiency which allow learners’ progress to be measured at each stage of learning and on a life-long basis.

The Framework is the result of studies carried out by the Council of Europe over almost a decade. It provides a common basis for the elaboration of foreign language syllabuses, curriculum guidelines, examinations, textbooks etc. across Europe. This document draws on the studies carried out in the field of European languages’ teaching and learning and suggests to divide competence descriptors and communicative skills into three general levels:

 
  A - BASIC USER

  
  B - INDEPENDENT USER


  C - PROFICIENT USER


Each level is divided into two sublevels, which can be in turn further subdivided.



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