Go beyond the language.
Broaden your horizons with CCLS.
By studying English, you expand your horizons, get in touch with different cultures, deepen into English, and your performance in language use reaches another level, following standards set in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
CEFR stands for Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - which sets international standards for learning, teaching and assessment.
CEFR, developed by the Council of Europe, is used worldwide to describe a student's skills and level of knowledge in the language they are studying.
According to CEFR, there are three types of speakers: basic, independent and proficient, which are subdivided into levels A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2.
Follow the growth in language performance below.
Level A1 equals 90-100h of study
The student who completes this beginner level begins to communicate in a basic way, and the speaker needs to speak slowly to be understood. The student then understands and uses simple expressions that aim to satisfy elementary needs, being able to:
- Thank and respond to a thank you;
- Introduce and greet people;
- Give information about people and
- Describe objects;
- Use ordinal numbers;
- Ask and tell the time;
- Dialogue about accommodations;
- Comment on age, height and weight;
- Talk about food and drinks;
- Talk about schedules and routine events;
- Talk about possessions;
- Mention quantities;
- Ordering at a restaurant;
- Ordering at a restaurant;
- Request and give information about places.
Level A2 is 180-200h of study
By completing this basic level, the student can understand simple and short texts, and use expressions related to their daily life, being prepared to:
- Give addresses;
- Ask and give directions;
- Specify and talk about dates and events;
- Talk about travel;
- Make and accept orders;
- Offer, accept and decline
- Order something to drink;
- Ask and give explanations;
- Make purchases;
- Exchange a purchase;
- Describe things;
- Describe qualities;
- Describe a person;
- Provide personal and family information;
- Ask and talk about interests and plans;
- Talk about personal health.
Level B1 is equivalent to 350-400h study
The student completing this intermediate level is able to understand and describe experiences and events, as well as justify opinions. It can still handle usual travel situations, and understand key points of texts with clear language. Thus, it is able to:
- Give advice, warnings or opinions;
- Explain the reason for an attitude;
- Express wishes, skepticism or doubts;
- Verbalize satisfaction, frustration and solidarity;
- Explain the desire to know something;
- Express opinions about habits;
- Discuss places, climate and lifestyles;
- Mention future possibilities and plans;
- Comment on preferences and wishes;
- Plan change or travel;
- Talk about hotel reservation and local currency;
- Speaking about emotions, feelings and attitudes;
- Discuss menu options in a restaurant and place orders.
- Narrate events.
Level B2 equals 500-600h of study
By completing this level equivalent to that of an independent speaker, the student already communicates with some degree of spontaneity and fluency with native speakers, expressing and explaining their own point of view. You also understand the main idea of complex texts, including technical issues in your area of expertise. Besides being able to follow speeches and lectures, being able to make an exchange in the United States, for example. Therefore, it is enabled to:
- Talk on the phone;
- Talk about jobs;
- Make suggestions;
- Read and understand magazine and newspaper articles;
- Annotate and leave a message;
- Express surprise;
- Address differences;
- Defend opinions;
- Report a problem;
- Give explanations and instructions;
- Understand documentaries and commercials.
Level C1 is equivalent to 700-800h of study
Students who achieve this level of advanced proficiency will express themselves spontaneously and fluently, using the language naturally and effectively in social, academic and professional environments. You can even attend a master's degree in the United States, for example. Thus, it is able to:
- Attend seminars, lectures and workshops;
- Give presentations in English;
- Read and understand texts and articles from newspapers and magazines, discussing the main aspects;
- Produce clear, cohesive and well-structured texts.
Level C2 is equivalent to 1000-2000h of study
By completing this complete mastery level, the student is able to communicate effortlessly with the same skills as a native speaker. In this way, he understands everything he hears and reads, being able to summarize and reconstruct the information and arguments from various sources, and to present them consistently. In addition to being able to express themselves spontaneously, accurately and fluently, they are able to perceive small variations of meaning in complex situations.
CEFR X CCLS Comparison
By correlating CEFR (A1-A2-B1-B2-C1) with our Teen and Adult levels (1 to 11), CCLS gives you the ability to follow the progress of your studies, following worldwide recognized standards.
1, 2 and 3
3, 4 and 5
6, 7, 8 and 9
9 and 10
10 and 11
For non-native students living abroad.
Elementary and Intermediate
Intermediate and Advanced
Advanced and Advanced-Superior