Language Levels - Estimate Your Level

1. Absolute Beginner
Absolute beginners are true beginners that have no previous exposure to the language.

2. Beginner
Beginners, also know as false beginners, have studied the language at some point in their life. On the ACTFL scale of languages they would be NOVICE LOW and on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages they would be A1.

Upon completion of this level:

  • understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
  • 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.
  • interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

3. Post Beginners
Post beginners have studied the language and can understand phrases at a basic level. They also have the ability to speak the language on a limited basis, but may be hesitate to do so due to a lack of vocabulary. On the ACTFL scale of languages they would be NOVICE MID or NOVICE HIGH and on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages they would be A2.

Upon completion of this level:

  • 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).
  • communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
  • describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

4. Intermediate
Intermediates in the language can understand main points of conversations and can converse at a basic level. They do not have a full vocabulary, but have the ability to get their point across for most common activities. On the ACTFL scale of languages they would be INTERMEDIATE LOW or INTERMEDIATE MID and on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages they would be B1.

Upon completion of this level:

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

5. High Intermediate
High intermediates are able to converse with ease and confidence on day to day topics. They also have the ability to discuss abstract thoughts including technical discussions regarding their field of employment. On the ACTFL scale of languages they would be INTERMEDIATE HIGH or ADVANCED LOW and on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages they would be B2.

Upon completion of this level:

  • understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization.
  • interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
  • 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.

6. Advanced
At the advanced level you can express yourself fluently and spontaneously without much thinking. You formulate sentences in the language, opposed to thinking of the sentence in your native language and then translating. On the ACTFL scale of languages they would be ADVANCED MID and on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages they would be C1.

Upon completion of this level:

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

7. Near Fluent
At the near fluent level you can understand virtually everything heard or read. You can also differentiate finer shades of meaning. On the ACTFL scale of languages they would be ADVANCED HIGH and on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages they would be C2.

Upon completion of this level:

  • understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.
  • summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.
  • express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.