The Common European Framework of Reference
Learning, Teaching, Assessment (CEFR) is a system which can be used to compare language levels for teaching and testing languages in Europe. It was developed by the Council of Europe in order to try and set a clear, attainable set of standards at different levels of language learning for European languages. Whilst there is an acknowledged limitation to such judgements, we have adopted the descriptors as our reference framework for our teaching of English at both a general EFL standard and at an EAP level. The descriptions below give some indication of the relationship between the CEFR levels and standard levels used in teaching English. Our assessments are made accordingly and we report on these standards to the students who use these judgements to guide them in their application for external accreditation through IELTS or other approved test providers as detailed in UKV&I guidance.