A1 level (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

The Common European Framework divides learners of a language into three broad divisions that can be divided into six levels:

  • A – Basic User
    • A1 Breakthrough or beginner
    • A2 Waystage or elementary
  • B – Independent User
    • B1 Threshold or intermediate
    • B2 Vantage or upper intermediate
  • C – Proficient User
    • C1 Effective Operational Proficiency or advanced
    • C2 Mastery or proficiency

The CEFR describes what a learner is supposed to be able to do in reading, listening, speaking and writing at each level. For the A1 level, this is:

  • 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.