6 levels of competence

The Alliance Française de Bloemfontein uses the four skills of learning a language as basis for tuition: Speak, Read, Write, Understand. The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is used as platform to teach French as a foreign language. This framework allows learners to take the DELF and DALF exams corresponding to their language level as well as to the learning time

Common Reference Languages Levels: Global Scale

 A1  minimum of 60 hours of class

Understands and uses familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type; Is able to introduce him/herself and others and ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has; Is able to interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

A2  70 hours of class

Understands sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment); Is able to communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters; Is able to describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

 B1  80 hours  of class

Understands the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.; Is able to deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken; Is able to produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest; Is able to describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

 B2 90 hours of class

Understands the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation; Is able to interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party; Is able to produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

C1 100 hours of class

Understands a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning; Is able to express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions; Is able to use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes; Is able to produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

 C2  100 hours of class

Understands with ease virtually everything heard or read; Is able to summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation; Is able to express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more.

From Beginner to B2 level takes +/- 2 years. DELF B2 is required to study in France

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