CEF Fluency Levels

The Alliance Française's language courses are structured according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF), which is the internationally used European guideline for describing the level of fluency achieved by a foreign language learner. The Alliance offers multiple courses within each CEF level, as detailed in the chart below.

See below table for learning objectives of each level.
*New students with any prior experience studying or speaking French must take our free placement test before registering.

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503 C1.3

502 C1.2

501 C1.1


404 B2.6

403 B2.5

402 B2.4

401 B2.3


304 B2.2

303 B2.1

302 B1.5

301 B1.4


204 B1.3

203 B1.2

202 B1.1

201 A2.4

   105 A2.3        

104 A2.2

103 A2.1

102 A1.2

101 A1.1


Beginner A1

  • 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 with others at a beginner level. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

Advanced Beginner A2

  • Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of everyday life (e.g. very basic personal & family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
  • Can communicate simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
  • Can describe in simple terms his/her background, immediate environment, and basic needs.

Intermediate B1

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

Advanced B2

  • Understand the main ideas of both concrete and abstract topics in complex texts, including technical discussions in a field of specialization.
  • Interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers comfortable 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.

Expert C1/C2

  • Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning.
  • Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
  • Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
  • Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
  • Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.
  • Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.
  • Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.

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