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Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

What is it?
The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages was developed by the Council of Europe to establish international standards for language learning, teaching and assessment in all modern European languages, including English. Within the framework, there are six common reference levels of language proficiency – A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2. You can find a more detailed description of each level on the European Language Portfolio website.

CEFR and our courses
The British Council has adopted CEFR standards in all its teaching centres all over the world. All our courses meet the standards set out in the CEFR reference levels of language proficiency.

See how our courses relate to the CEFR levels in the table below:

CEFR Level

Adult General English

(BC course)

Exam Preparation

(BC course)

Business English

(BC course)

Young Learners

A1

Elementary (EL 1-3)

Junior Starters, Junior Movers

A2

Pre-Intermediate

(PINT 1-3)

Junior Flyers, Senior 1

B1

Intermediate

(INT 1-3)

Senior 2-3

B2

Upper-Intermediate

(UPINT 1-3, CONV)

IELTS Preparation

(IELTSX minimum level)

Business Upper- Intermediate

(BUINT 1-3)

Senior 4-5

C1

Advanced

(ADV 1-3, CONV)

CAE, ILEC, ICFE Preparation (CAEX, ILEC 1-3, ICFE 1-3), English in Medicine (MEDIC 1-3)

Business Advanced (BADV 1-3)

C2

CPE Preparation (CPE 1-3, CPEX)

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