The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is an international standard for describing language ability. Formally or informally language assessment is directly linked to communication skills, whereas communication is defined as ability to speak and listen (mostly informally). But academically and professionally, language assessment is done based on 4 communication skills i.e speaking, reading, listening and writing. CEFR describes language ability of its user on a six-point scale, from A1/A2 for beginners, B1/B2 for intermediate and C1/C2 for those who have mastered a language.
CEFR was developed by council of Europe with the support of University of Cambridge ESOL language and globally people used CEFR to assess the level of English for various levels. CEFR have explained certain descriptors for six-point scale users i.e. A1 to C2 level. Here are the descriptors and it can be widely used by teachers to assess the level of your students.
You need to do following things or ask your students to do following:
- Write about a certain topic (academic topic).
- Speak about a certain topic (academic topic).
- Read a paragraph and write a summary about it.
- Listen to a lecture and write a summary about it.
Now, have a look over the videos and slide share to see the elaborative descriptors according to six-point level users for A1, A2, B1, B2, and C1 & C2. And it will be extremely easy to assess the level of your students or individually and practice accordingly to score more in IELTS, PTE,TOEFL or any other language test.
CEFR descriptor is an official-offline assessment criterion followed by language schools teachers to assess their students worldwide. You can use it to check your level proficiency before appearing for any language test or any practice session.