Welcome to this special series that will help you figure out a) what level of German you’re at and b) how that fits in with the European standards.
This is important to know for any language classes you take that are here with me, at a private institution, Speaking Seminars (Sprechseminare) and Book Club here, as well as for any German-learning materials you want to buy. Buying a book or a workbook at the right level for you means you’re taking a solid next step and should help you prevent yourself from becoming overwhelmed.
Today’s post is the introduction, and in the next six posts (one for each level) I will break down each of the levels for you, give you text examples, and link to more resources.
First, what are the European standards?
The European standards are known as—get ready, it’s a long one—the Common European Reference Framework for Languages or the CEFR. It’s a very straight-forward way to understand the six levels of foreign language learning.
The CEFR was launched in 2001 and is now the accepted standard in many places around the globe. You can apply the CEFR to any language, as it’s a real can-do kind of system. It’s really focused on what you can do in any given language.
What are the six CEFR levels?
The six CEFR levels look like this, beginning at the left and moving to the right: