What’s Your Level?

We offer French courses from absolute beginner to advanced levels.


  • If you never had any French in your life, you’re a Pure Beginner.
  • If you had some French at some point, but long ago, and you feel like you forgot everything and want to start from scratch, you’re a False Beginner.


cecrl - levelsThe CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) divides learners into three broad divisions which can be divided into six levels:



A1 - Discovery

Completed within 96 hours (4 sessions)

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

A2 - Intermediate

Completed within 144 hours on top of A1 (6 more sessions or 1 year)

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

B1 Independent

Completed within 192 hours on top of A2 (8 more sessions)

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

B2 Advanced

Completed within 192 hours on top of B1 (8 more sessions)

Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can 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 Autonomous

 Completed within 450 hours

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

C2 Master

Completed within 650 hours

Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations


If you need help figuring out what your level is, click the button:

Online Placement Test

or phone us at 780-469-0399 ext. 104 to book a free oral placement test (15-30 minutes).


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