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CEFR LEVEL A1 (basic user - beginner)

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The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment, abbreviated as CEFR or CEF, is a guideline used to describe achievements of learners of foreign languages. The six reference levels  are becoming widely accepted as the European standard for grading an individual's language proficiency.

  • Level A1 (basic user - breakthrough or beginner)
  • Level A2 (basic user - way stage or elementary)
  • Level B1 (independent user - threshold or intermediate)
  • Level B2 (independent user - vantage or upper-intermediate)
  • Level C1 (proficient user - advanced)
  • Level C2 (proficient user - mastery or proficiency)
This web will focus on the first four levels of the CEFR.

Level A1 (basic user - breakthrough or beginner)
  • 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.
The grammar points included in this level are:
  1. Adjectives: common and demonstrative
  2. Adverbs of frequency
  3. Comparatives and superlatives
  4. Going to
  5. How much/how many and very
  6. common uncountable nouns
  7. I’d like
  8. Imperatives (affirmative and negative)
  9. Intensifiers - very basic
  10. Modals: can/can’t/could/couldn’t
  11. Past simple of “to be”
  12. Past Simple
  13. Possessive adjectives
  14. Possessive s
  15. Prepositions, common
  16. Prepositions of place
  17. Prepositions of time, including in/on/at
  18. Present continuous
  19. Present simple
  20. Pronouns: simple, personal
  21. Questions
  22. There is/are
  23. To be, including question+negatives
  24. Verb + ing: like/hate/love
(Adapted from Britishcouncil.org)

The vocabulary that will be covered is:

Food and drink
Nationalities and countries
Personal information
Things in the town, shops and shopping
Verbs – basic
Family life
Hobbies and pastimes
Leisure activities
Work and jobs