Level A1

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 interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

Definition by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

Qualitative aspects of spoken language use

Range: Has a very basic repertoire of words and simple phrases related to personal details and particular concrete situations.
: Shows only limited control of a few simple grammatical structures and sentence patterns in a memorised repertoire.
Fluency: Can manage very short, isolated, mainly pre- packaged utterances, with much pausing to search for expressions, to articulate less familiar words, and to repair communication.
Interactions: Can ask and answer questions about personal details. Can interact in a simple way but communication is totally dependent on repetition, rephrasing and repair.
Coherence: Can link words or groups of words with very basic linear connectors like ‘and’ or ‘then’.


Listening: I can recognise familiar words and very basic phrases concerning myself, my family and immediate concrete surroundings when people speak slowly and clearly.
Reading: I can understand familiar names, words and very simple sentences, for example on notices and posters or in catalogues.
Spoken Interaction: I can interact in a simple way provided the other person is prepared to repeat or rephrase things at a slower rate of speech and help me formulate what I’m trying to say. I can ask and answer simple questions in areas of immediate need or on very familiar topics.
Spoken Production: I can use simple phrases and sentences to describe where I live and people I know.
: I can write a short, simple postcard, for example sending holiday greetings. I can fill in forms with personal details, for example entering my name, nationality and address on a hotel registration form.

Source: www.coe.int

Course levels

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