Language levels and placement tests
CASA offers courses on the levels A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2 in either evening classes, intensive courses, individual, junior or company classes.
The levels are based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). > More information see below.
To find out about your level, we are more than happy to take our time in order to assist and advice you. A good base for this are our online level tests. Please send us your results.
Levels - CEFR
The Common European Frameword of Reference (CEFR) is a guideline used to describe achievements of learners of foreign languages across Europe. Its main aim is to provide a method of learning, teaching and assessing which applies to languages in Europe. This method is used for the four skills areas of languages: reading, listening, writing and speaking and describes what a learner is supposed to be able to do in each of the six different levels. (source: Wikipedia)
A1 - Beginner
Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way, provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
A2 - Elementary
Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
B1 - Intermediate
Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simply connected text on topics which are familiar, or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
B1+ NEW - Intermediate
You can understand the main information when spoken in clear standard language and about familiar matters from work, school, leisure or travel. You can express yourself coherently on familiar topics and personal interests. You can talk about experiences, events, dreams, hopes and goals, and give explanations and reasons. But you still want to work on structures, optimize sentence structure, practice idioms and expand your vocabulary. You want to gain linguistic confidence. Then B1+ is the right language level for you. Here, vocabulary, grammar and idioms from B1 are expanded and free speaking and writing are trained and expanded to form a perfect basis.
B2 - Upper Intermediate
Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity which makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
C1 - Advanced
Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
C2 - Mastery
Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express themselves spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.