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Reference Levels

A1 . Basic users - corresponds to the level required for the admission to the Preparatory Year

Can understand and use in both oral and written French common words and expressions on known topics related to the student's personal and/or professional life. Can produce short texts in a well-defined and focused context. Can interact in a simple way in everyday situations with the help of the interlocutor

A2 . Basic users 

Can understand the key points of written and spoken texts derived from non-specialist sources (debates, interviews, tv and radio programmes, press reports etc) provided the texts are written in everyday language and concern topics with which the student is familiar for personal and/or professional reasons. Can produce short texts in a well-defined context: give explanations, relate and describe events or experiences. Can understand what is being taught in French, provided the teacher speaks slowly, the language used is clear and non-technical, and difficult words are given in writing; or the material is being reproduced in printed format for the course. Can take part in a conversation in familiar situations with the help of the interlocutor.

B1.1 . Users on the borderline of independence - corresponds to the level required for the admission to the first year of the FFL Basic Discipline in the Bachelor or in the Diploma

Can grasp the main points of oral and written texts in certain common registers (debates, interviews, radio or television broadcasts, press articles, etc), provided the texts are written in everyday language. Can produce written texts in a defined context: give explanations; present arguments in support of an idea; relate and describe events or experiences. Can understand what is being taught in French, provided the language used is clear and non-technical and difficult words are given in writing or the course plan is reproduced in a document. Can take part in a conversation in familiar situations, explain and argue opinions.

B1.2 . Independent users

Can easily understand oral and written texts in most common registers (debates, interviews, radio or television broadcasts, press articles, narratives, novels, etc). Can produce relatively long texts with the aid of documents and precise instructions. Can understand what is being taught in French without the aid of course documents. Can cope with most situations encountered whilst studying, provided the language used is clear and non-technical. Can make sense of theoretical and/or literary texts written in relatively standard language. Can take part in all conversations, explain and argue opinions.

B2.1 . Independent users - corresponds to the level required for the admission to the second year of the FFL Basic Discipline in the Bachelor or in the Diploma

Can understand oral and written texts in a variety of registers (newspaper and magazine articles, specialist, theoretical and literary texts, reports, scientific articles, etc) and is aware of what their interpretation involves. Can follow a line of thought. Can understand the main points of most television broadcasts and films. Can take part actively in a conversation, explain and argue opinions. Capable of clear and detailed self-expression on a range of subjects. Can produce relatively long texts with the aid of documents and precise instructions, develop different points of view and explain the advantages and drawbacks of different possibilities. Can understand what is being taught in French and cope with most of the resulting obligations.

B2.2 . Fully independent users - corresponds to the level required for the admission to the third year of the FFL Basic Discipline in the Bachelor

Can understand oral and written texts in all registers, including specialist genres (newspaper and magazine articles, specialist, theoretical and literary texts, reports, scientific articles, etc) and is aware of what their interpretation involves, even when different points of view are presented. Can follow a complex line of thought. Can understand in detail a television broadcast or a film. Can take part actively in a conversation, explain and argue opinions. Capable of clear and detailed self-expression on a wide range of subjects. Can produce long texts with the aid of documents and precise instructions. Can present information, develop different points of view, explain the advantages and drawbacks of different possibilities and extract their general meaning. Can understand what is being taught in French and cope with the resulting obligations.

C1 . Experienced users - corresponds to the level required to get a Bachelor of Arts in FFL as a Basic Discipline or a FFL Diploma

Can understand oral and written texts in all registers, including specialist genres (specialist, theoretical and literary texts, reports, scientific articles, etc) and is aware of what their interpretation involves regardless of how they are presented. Can use the language fluently both socially and for study purposes. Can produce long texts based on a plan, develop a range of hypotheses and explain their advantages and drawbacks, incorporate and discuss different positions. Can understand what is being taught in French and cope with the resulting obligations.


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