We stand by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), a universally recognized guide that delineates the progression of learners of foreign languages, not just in Europe, but globally.
CEFR Levels – A General Overview
The CEFR categorizes language proficiency into six distinct levels:
- A1: Beginners
- A2: Elementary
- B1: Intermediate
- B2: Upper Intermediate
- C1: Advanced
- C2: Mastery
Many institutions, including ours, dissect these levels further for a more tailored learning experience. For instance, A1 is split into A1.1 and A1.2, optimizing the course structure for both the students’ time and financial resources. This meticulous subdivision facilitates a smoother and more nuanced learning curve, particularly for those at the beginner stages of their German language journey.
Delving into A1.1 – The Starting Point
Beginning with A1 signifies an initiation into the German language with no prior experience. Upon the successful completion of A1.1, learners will have acquired the following proficiencies:
1. Basic Communication:
- Exchange of greetings and goodbyes.
- Facilitating introductions.
- Discussing origins and native languages.
- Enquiring and elaborating on well-being.
2. Elementary Information:
- Conversing about family dynamics.
- Counting and understanding numbers.
- Sharing details about one’s place of origin.
- Descriptive conversations about others using pronouns.
3. Functional Tasks:
- Efficiently completing registration forms.
- Conversations about possessions.
- Naming and discussing groceries.
- Articulating needs and lack thereof.
4. Commercial Transactions:
- Determining the price, quantity, and packaging of items.
- Making purchases at stores.
- Ordering food and beverages.
5. Descriptive Conversations:
- Chatting about one’s living space.
- Engaging in comparative discussions.
- Descriptions of furniture and household items.
- Deciphering apartment advertisements.
6. Time & Schedule:
- Accurately telling the time.
- Talking about daily schedules and routines.
- Detailing activities based on different times of the day.
- Discussing the weather.
7. Recreational Activities:
- Conversing about leisure activities.
- Describing abilities and limitations.
- Expressing desires and wants.
8. Historical Context:
- Communicating about past events.
- Describing past routines.
- Familiarity with days of the week and months.
Embarking on the A1.1 journey is a crucial step towards mastering the German language. It sets the foundation, allowing learners to progress with confidence and competence. We are committed to ensuring that our students gain a comprehensive understanding at each stage, setting them up for success as they transition to higher levels. With this rigorous yet rewarding approach, we ensure that every individual is well-equipped to communicate effectively and confidently in German.