The CEFR Framework
When learning a language, it is important that students have a clear understanding of their current level and relevant learning goals. The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is a standard way of describing language proficiency, so people across the world have a common way of indicating someone's language level.
CEFR is based on a set of can-do-statements that make the system flexible enough to be adapted to any language, disregarding their grammatical structure or script. It has long become the standard throughout Europe, and it is now widely used across the globe as a universal system for teaching and assessing language proficiency.
Pegging language courses to the CEFR framework provides you with an explicit system to communicate your language capabilities to educators and potential employers. CEFR classifications also make course-matching a lot easier when you attend language classes on any exchange programme.
CML Language Courses and CEFR
In order to assure academic quality and standards, nearly all CML courses are pegged to the CEFR framework. To check if a particular CML module is pegged to CEFR, please refer to the module descriptors.
CEFR aligned CML languages adhere to the following progression:
- level 1 course at the CML, students will have completed CEFR A1.1.
- level 2 course at the CML, students will have completed CEFR A1. *
- level 3 course at the CML, students will have completed either CEFR A2.1 or A2.
- level 4 course at the CML, students will have completed either CEFR A2 or A2+ or B1.1. **
- level 5 course at the CML, students will have completed either CEFR B1.1 or B1.
- level 6 course at the CML, students will have completed either CEFR B1 or B1+ or B2.1. **
* CEFR levels are usually split into two parts, e.g. A1 is a combination of A1.1 and A1.2
** A2+ and B1+ are bridging contents in which students have completed the lower levels and are starting to learn contents from higher levels.
CML Level 1 courses are strictly for students with no prior knowledge of the language.
All students with any form of prior knowledge need to sit for a placement test.