Excellencia offers levelled language courses for French and English. These courses are centred around your child’s personal learning objectives which also take into account their experience and motivations.
Upon their arrival at Excellencia, you child will sit a small test in order to determine their language level and an individual scheme of learning is set out for them, adapted to their interests and communication needs. The class sizes are deliberately capped in order to ensure more attention is given to each child with our action-oriented approach. Our levelled language classes and student progression evaluations conform to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL).
What is the CEFRL?
The CEFRL is a framework published by the European Counsel in 2001. It is regarded as a tool of reference for the teaching of languages and a scale to measure the level one has learned in any one language. It defines 6 levels allowing you to ascertain a detailed summary of the different linguistic competences reached by the learner (fluency, sociolinguistic, sociocultural…). It is a brief description which allows the student to build up their personal portfolio, address their strengths and weaknesses and in this way establish how best to improve themselves and the most appropriate activities through which to learn.
The 6 CEFRL Levels
- A1 (Breakthrough or beginner): Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help. Can introduce themselves and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people they know and things they have. Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
- A2 (Way stage or elementary): Can describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need. 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.
- B1 (Threshold or 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 while travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
- B2 (Vantage or upper intermediate): Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their field of specialization. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that 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 (Effective operational proficiency or advanced): Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer clauses, and recognize implicit meaning. Can express ideas 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 organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
- C2 (Mastery or proficiency): 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.