A word of explanation:
The Alliance Française follows the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
It is used around the world to describe learners’ language skills.
|Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment|
|Developed through a process of scientific research and wide consultation, this document provides a practical tool for setting clear standards to be attained at successive stages of learning and for evaluating outcomes in an internationally comparable manner.It is the result of extensive research and ongoing work on communicative objectives, as exemplified by the popular ‘Threshold level’ concept.
The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) provides a basis for the mutual recognition of language qualifications, thus facilitating educational and occupational mobility. It is increasingly used in the reform of national curricula and by international consortia for the comparison of language certificates. On this subject, also consult the following sections:A European Union Council Resolution (November 2001) recommended the use of this Council of Europe instrument in setting up systems of validation of language competences.
The CEFR is a document which describes in a comprehensive manner the competences necessary for communicating the related knowledge and skills.
The CEFR is of particular interest to course designers, textbook writers, testers, teachers and teacher trainers – in fact to all who are directly involved in language teaching and testing.
It facilitates a clear definition of teaching and learning objectives and methods which provides the necessary tools for assessment of proficiency.