Common Reference Levels or Common European Framework of Reference * (CEFR) is designed to provide a transparent, coherent and comprehensive basis for the elaboration of language syllabuses and curriculum guidelines, the design of teaching and learning materials, and the assessment of foreign language proficiency. It is used in Europe.
One of the aims of the Framework is to describe the levels of proficiency required by existing standards, tests and examinations. For this purpose the Descriptive Scheme and the Common Reference Levels have been developed. Between them they provide a conceptual grid which users can exploit to describe their system.
Breakthrough, corresponding to A1 – basic user
Waystage, reflecting А2 – basic user.
Threshold, reflecting В1 – independent user
Vantage, reflecting В2 – independent user
Effective Operational Proficiency represents an advanced level of competence suitable for more complex work and study tasks, Proficient user, C1
Mastery corresponds to the top examination objective in the scheme adopted by ALTE (Association of Language Testers in Europe). It reflects Proficient user, C2
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