Beginner (4)

Keywords: Simple questions, familiar and close environment

4C (low)

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.

4B (average)
Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

4A (high) 
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).


Pre-Intermediate (3)

Keywords : Descriptions, basic conversations.

3C (low)

Can communicate in simple and routine phrases 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.

3B (average)

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.

3A (high)

Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.

Intermediate (2)

Keywords :  Beginning of autonomy, able to cope with, can express opinions. Average listening and able to converse, to give advice and to argue.

2C (low)

Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

2B (average)

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 that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.

2A (high)

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.

Advanced (1)

Keywords :  Can express him or herself spontaneously with a good structure. Can understand without effort and master the language.

1C (low)

Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.

1B (average)

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.

1A (high)

Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating between finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.

CLC Montreal4C4B4A3C3B3A2C2B2A1C1B1A
Canadian Language Benchmark123456789101112
European BenchmarkA1A1A1A2A2A2B1B1B2B2C1C2
Group lessons hours (average)808080808080100100100240240300
Private lessons hours (average)2525252525253333338080100