CEFR Level Description
The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages



I can understand people if they speak very slowly and clearly about simple everyday topics.

I can understand people describing objects and possessions (e.g. colour and size).

I can understand simple questions and instructions addressed carefully and slowly to me.

In a shop I can understand the price of an article, if the salesperson helps me understand.

I can understand when people are talking about themselves and their families if they speak very slowly and clearly, using simple words.

I can understand figures and times given in clear announcements, for example at a railway station.

I can understand simple directions how to get from X to Y, on foot or by public transport, provided that people speak very slowly and very clearly.


I can very slowly read very short, simple texts by understanding familiar names, words and basic phrases.

I can find basic information in posters, adverts or catalogues.

I can understand information about people (place of residence, age, etc.) in a text if there is visual support.

I can follow short simple written directions (e.g. how to go from X to Y).

I can understand short simple greetings and messages e.g. on birthday cards, party invitations or in SMS phone messages.


I can ask how people are and react to news.

I can ask and answer simple questions and respond to simple statements on very familiar topics (e.g., family, student life), if I can get help.

I can describe clothes or other familiar objects and I can ask about them.

I can indicate time by such phrases as "next week”, ”last Friday”, ”in November”, ”three o’ clock”.

I can ask where to find a book or other familiar objects and can also answer such questions.

I can ask simply for directions (“Where is the bank?”).

I can ask people for things and give people things.

I can understand simple phone messages, e.g. 'We're arriving tomorrow at half past four'.

On the phone I can provide basic, prepared information, e.g. my name, address, telephone number, my request.



I can introduce myself, for example say my name, where I come from and what I do.

I can describe my family simply, for example who the members of my family are, how old they are and what they do.

I can describe where I live.

I can describe what I like and what I don’t like (for example with regard to sports, music, school, colours).

I can use simple words to describe something, (for example its size, shape or colour).

I can describe what I can do and can’t do and what other people or animals can or can’t do.



I can write simple sentences about myself, for example where I live and what I do.

I can complete a questionnaire with my personal details.

I can write a simple postcard (for example where I am, how the weather is and my feelings about my holiday).



I can very simply ask somebody to speak more slowly.

I can very simply ask somebody to repeat what they said more slowly.

When I don’t know a word I can invite help with gesture.



I have a basic repertoire of phrases to talk about myself and communicate in common everyday situations.

I can communicate limited information about myself, my family and my job in a simple and direct exchange.

I can join phrases with words like “and” “but”, or “because” "then”.

I can use correctly some simple structures that I have memorized.

I can speak slowly in a series of very short phrases, stopping and starting as I try and say different words.

I can greet people, ask for things and say goodbye correctly.

A1+ Level Word Volume: 900