Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

Common European Framework of Reference is a guideline used to describe achievements of learners of foreign languages widely accepted as the European standard for grading an individual's language proficiency. It helps to describe the levels of proficiency required by existing standards, tests and examinations in order to facilitate comparisons between different systems of qualifications.

 

A project to develop levels of proficiency launched in 1971 led on to the creation of a "European Language Portfolio" - certification in language ability which can be used across Europe. The project result is the document called "Common European Framework of Reference: Learning, Teaching, Assessment". Its main aim is to provide a method of assessing and teaching which applies to all languages in Europe. The descriptors clearly define the language knowledge and skills necessary for any learner to obtain in order to be able to communicate in a foreign language.

 

The majority of educational institutions in Great Britain, Germany, France, Spain and other European countries use the new system of reference as an integral approach to assess the foreign language proficiency. The CEFR is a document which describes in a comprehensive manner i) the competences necessary for communication, ii) the related knowledge and skills and iii) the situations and domains of communication. Additionally the CEFR serves as an encouragement for learners of foreign languages.

 

Moreover, this integral approach is very user-friendly as learners of foreign languages can refer to it when going through a university or job interview both in the home country and abroad.

 

International Language Training Center, always being in the avant-garde of teaching, both in terms of progressive teaching methods and assessment, adapted the Common European Framework of Reference, and since January 2007 all ILTC Achievement and Attendance certificates are issued in compliance with the European standards. This means that ILTC students will have no difficulty with recognition of their language qualifications in Europe.

 

Mapping of qualification levels

CEF

Level Description

ILTC Level

A1

BREAKTHROUGH

Students can recognize familiar words and very basic phrases concerning him/herself. They can read familiar words and very simple sentences, for example, on notices and posters or in catalogs; can use simple phrases and sentences to describe where he/she lives and people he/she knows, write short, simple postcards, for example sending holiday greetings, fill in forms with personal details.

Level 1

Beginner Core 1

Level 2

Beginner Core 2

Teens

Beginner, Elementary

A2

WAYSTAGE

Students can understand phrases and the highest frequency vocabulary related to areas of most immediate personal relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local area, employment). They can read very short, simple texts, such as advertisements, leaflets, menus and timetables, can understand short simple personal letters. Students can communicate in simple and routine tasks using a series of phrases and sentences to describe in simple terms his/her family and other people, living conditions, educational background, present or most recent job.

Level 3

Elementary Core 1

Level 4

Elementary Core 2

Level 5

Elementary Practice

Teens

Pre-Intermediate

B1

THRESHOLD

Students can understand the main point of many radio or TV programmes when the delivery is relatively slow and clear. They can understand texts that consist mainly of high frequency everyday or job related language. Students can understand the description of events, feelings and wishes in personal letters. They can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling; can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions, narrate a story or retell the plot of a book or film. Students can write personal letters describing experiences and impressions.

Level 6

Pre-Intermediate Core

Level 7

Pre-Intermediate Practice

Level 8

Intermediate Core

Level 9

Intermediate Practice

Teens

Intermediate

B2

VANTAGE

Students can understand extended speech and lectures and follow even complex lines of argument; can understand most TV news and current affairs programmes; can read articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems, contemporary literary prose. Students can quite freely interact with native speakers, can take an active part in discussions in familiar contexts, accounting for and sustaining his/her views. They can write clear, detailed texts on a wide range of subjects related to his/her interests and report events, passing on information or giving reasons in support of or against a particular point of view.

Level 10

Upper-Intermediate Core

Level 11

Upper-Intermediate Practice

Level 12

Pre-Advanced Core

Level 13

Pre-Advanced Practice

Teens

Upper-Intermediate

C1

EFFECTIVE

OPERATIONAL

PROFICIENCY

This level is required for international employment or getting a Master’s or Doctor’s degree. Students can understand television programs and films without too much effort. They can understand specialized articles and longer technical instructions even when they do not relate to his/her field. Students can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. They can write about complex subjects in a letter, an essay or a report, underlining what he/she considers to be the salient issues.

Level 14

Advanced Core

Advanced Conversation

TOEFL iBT

C2

MASTERY

Students have no difficulty in understanding any kind of spoken language. They can read with ease virtually all forms of the written language. They have a good familiarity with idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms; can express him/herself fluently and convey finer shades of meaning precisely. They can write complex letters, reports or articles which present a case with an effective logical structure which helps the recipient to notice significant points, additionally they can produce summaries and reviews of professional or literary works.

Level 15

Proficiency Course

 

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ILTC Life

Price List, 2016-2017

General English / German/ Romanian/ Spanish/ French / Russian/ Italian/ Teenagers / Kids

The course lasts for 7.5 weeks, the lessons are held 3 times a week, each lesson last for 120 min, which is 44 astronomical hours.
General English:

  • Morning hours (8:30, 10:45, )
    €135 = 44 hours per session
  • Evening hours (16:30, 18:45)
    €149 = 44 hours per session

Teenagers – € 126 = 33 hours (the lesson lasts for 1.5 hours)

Kids – € 96 = 22 hours (the lesson lasts for 1 hour)

Romanian - € 114 = 44 hours per session
German – € 125 = 44 hours per session
French - € 125 = 44 hours per session
Italian - € 125 = 44 hours per session
Russian - € 125 = 44 hours per session
Spanish - € 125 = 44 hours per session

Specialized Course The course lasts for 7.5 weeks, the lessons are held 3 times a week, each lesson lasts for 120 min . Preparation courses for TOEFL, Business English - € 160 = 44 hours

Teacher Training = 500 MDL

Private lessons (any language):

  • € 16 - 1 student (60 min)
  • € 9 - 2 students (60 min)
  • € 6 - 3 students (fee for each student) (60 min)
  • € 5 - 4 students (fee for each student) (60 min)
  • € 18 - TOEFL; € 18 - IELTS; € 18 - Business English

Russian/Romanian Language – 12 € 1 student (60 min)

Discount:

  • New students – 0%
  • Continuing students (after 2 consecutive sessions) – 3%
  • Continuing students (after 4 consecutive sessions) – 4%
  • Continuing students (after 6 and more consecutive sessions) – 5%
  • Family discount – 5% for each member (parents, children, brothers/sisters, husband/wife)

 

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