The Common European
Framework of Reference for Languages

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages – Learn, Teach, Assess (CEFR or CEFRL / CECR or CECRL in French) was published by the Council of Europe in 2001 and describes 6 levels of a foreign language proficiency through “can-do” descriptors in various areas of competencies. These 6 levels are: A1 and A2 (basic user), B1and B2 (independent user), C1 and C2 (proficient user).

Estimation of the necessary cumulative hours of study to reach the 6 levels:

 

A1

A2

B1

B2

C1

C2

 

60–100 hours

160–200 hours

360–400 hours

560–650 hours

810–950 hours

1060–1200 hours