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Proficiency Levels

​CSL uses the two major frameworks for assessing foreign language skills: the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. These frameworks are used to indicate our students’ current levels of proficiency and the progress attained throughout a course. Scroll down for more information and to choose which level is right for you.

CSL teachers take a holistic approach to teaching, with interactive methods that focus on language acquisition and cultural understanding. If you’re unsure about which class to enroll in, take a look at the class descriptions below, as well as the ACTFL and CEFR standards charts. Still now sure which level to take? Feel free to give us a call at 423-802-2040 for more input.

Our group classes typically meet once a week for two hours for 10 weeks, totaling approximately 20 hours of in-class instruction per level. If you want to progress in the language, you will need to put in time outside of class, as well.

Remember that true fluency and cultural understanding can take years to master. These standards are to be used as over-arching guides for expectations along the way. Motivation and self-study play a large role in the rate of one’s progression and mastery of a language.

Obtained from actfl.org.

Obtained from CEFR.

Novice Low (<A1)
(approximately 20-30 hours of training)

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Novice Mid / Basic User A1
(approximately 60-90 hours of training)
A basic command of the language, familiar with everyday expressions and able to make very simple sentences.

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Novice High / Basic User A2
(approximately 120-180 hours of training)
Familiar with frequently used expressions and able to express oneself in everyday situations.

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Intermediate Low-Mid / Independent User B1
(approximately 240 hours of training)
Describe experiences, events, dreams and expectations and give his or her own opinion.

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Intermediate High / Independent User B2
(approximately 480 hours of training)
Can understand the main ideas of complex text and can produce clear detailed text. Can spontaneously enter into a conversation.

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Advanced Low-Mid / Proficient User C1
(approximately 720 hours of training)
Effective operational proficiency – able to express oneself fluently and use the language flexibly and efficiently for social, academic and professional purposes.

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Classes at this level are customized.

Advanced High-Superior / Proficient User C2
Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.

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Classes at this level are customized.

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For more information on understanding proficiency for various languages, click here.

Find specific competencies and expectations for various levels on our REGISTER page under each language offered.

Still now sure which level to take? Feel free to give us a call at 423-802-2040 for more input.