"Common European Framework" is a document of the Council of Europe to allow mutual comparison of the knowledge between people in the field of education and knowledge of foreign languages in the European Union. In the field of foreign languages the document defines six categories according to the level of knowledge of a foreign language. The categories are A1, A2, B1, B2 C1, and C2. Each category reflects the level of listening comprehension, reading, conversation skills and the quality of written expression.
A1 - Student understands familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases –acomplish specific needs and the student is able to utilize these expressions. The student can introduce him or herself and others and can ask and answer questions such as where the other person lives, people he knows and things he owns. The student can understand when the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
A2 - Student can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (eg. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). The student can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. The student is able to describe in simple terms aspects of his or her background, immediate environment and immediate needs. Czech knowledge about A2 level is a prerequisite for obtaining Czech citizenship and our "Czech for Foreigners" will lead students to this language level.
B1 - Student can understand the main points of clear standard speech about familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. The student can deal with most situations which are likely to arise whilst traveling in an area where the language is spoken. The student can write simple texts on familiar topics or topics that interest him or her. The student can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes, and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
B2 - Student reaches this level after completing the basic course of English in Stories. Students can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their field. They can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes for regular interaction with native speakers without strain for either party. They can write clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and can explain their viewpoint on many topics, can give the advantages and disadvantages of various options. This level corresponds with the knowledge of state language exam or with the certificate FCE.
C1 - Student can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning. They can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning. They can express themselves fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching. They use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. They can write clear, well- structured, detailed texts on complex subjects, and they show controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive writing. This level corresponds to the knowledge of state language exam and CAE certificate.
C2 - Student can understand virtually everything heard or read with ease. They can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. They can collect information from various oral and written sources, reconstruct and organize them into a coherent whole. They can express themselves spontaneously, fluently and differentiate finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.