A2 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 A2 level, this is:

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