Discuss Earth was created based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF or CEFR). We currently have 3 levels, beginner (basic), intermediate (independent) and advanced (proficient).
The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF or CEFR) was put together by the Council of Europe as a way of standardising the levels of language exams in different regions. It is very widely used internationally and all important exams are mapped to the CEFR.
There are six levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2. These are shown below. Please click on each level to read an explanation of the can do statements.
I can understand familiar names, words and very simple sentences, for example on notices and posters or in catalogues.
I can read very short, simple texts. I can find specific, predictable information in simple everyday material such as advertisements, prospectuses, menus and timetables and I can understand short simple personal letters
Threshold or intermediate
I can understand texts that consist mainly of high frequency everyday or job-related language. I can understand the description of events, feelings and wishes in personal letters
Vantage or upper intermediate
I can read articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular stances or viewpoints. I can understand contemporary literary prose.
Effective operational proficiency
I can understand long and complex factual and literary texts, appreciating distinctions of style. I can understand specialised articles and longer technical instructions, even when they do not relate to my field.
Mastery or proficiency
I can read with ease virtually all forms of the written language, including abstract, structurally or linguistically complex texts such as manuals, specialised articles and literary works.