Background information

The basis of the Common European Framework:

The Common European Framework (GER in German) aims to provide a common basis for all aspects of language learning and teaching at all levels, in all educational situations and for all age-groups in all European member-states.

Most people find it difficult to describe how well they speak another language. Details of school grades, time or intensity of language instruction give only a slight indication of actual language competence. It is upon this basis that the Council of Europe defined different performance levels in order to create a uniform system which facilitates transparency and allows comparisons to be made.

The language levels are skills orientated. They measure the performance of the learner at a particular level (Can Do Statements), not their knowledge.