French language levels in schools teaching French in France


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Language levels

Classes for each level of communication skills in French are available all year round to ensure the best possible student distribution. ACCORD French language school follows the Common European Framework of Reference, a framework developed by the Council of Europe for all modern languages as a practical tool to determine the learners’ general and communicative language competences.

The framework is used as a means of assessment, coordination and dialogue between the learners, the administrators or the professional institutions, the course designers and the teachers so as to determine the learner's level of proficiency, plan language learning programmes, and describe the language proficiency acquired by an individual.

There are six main levels, from A1 (basic user) to C2 (proficient user). Whilst the average amount of time (training and practice) required to go from one level to the next varies with the learner's aptitude, motivation and prior language knowledge and skills, the first levels require on average an equal amount of time. The higher levels, however, require more time in training to take into consideration the difficulty of the tasks needed to be undertaken.

A1.1 Beginner 1 Less than 120h *
A1.2 Beginner 2
A2.1 Elementary 1 150h - 220h *
A2.2 Elementary 2
B1.1 Pre-intermediate 300h - 400h *
B1.2 Intermediate
B2.1 Upper-intermediate 1 500h - 600h *
B2.2 Upper-intermediate 2
C1 Advanced 700h - 800h *
C2.1 Proficiency More than 800h *

* The given number of hours is indicative and is subject to learner’s aptitude, motivation and individual progress

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Placement tests

  • Day one: On your first day, Accord Language School organises an information session during which you will meet the teaching staff and the administrative team. Everyone at Accord will be happy to help you throughout your stay and we will all work hard to make your learning experience a success.
    On the same day, you will be given an oral test and a written test to determine your level of French. There are several parts to the written test: comprehension, written expression, grammar and vocabulary. In the oral test you will be required to take part in a role play with the examiner. You will then be placed in an appropriate class for your level.
  • At any time during your stay, you will be able to talk to your teachers or to the senior teaching staff (Head of Studies and/or her assistants) to discuss your progress and help you choose the right course for your needs. Depending on your progress and based on your teachers’ assessment of your level, you may change to a higher level during the course.


At the end of the course, you will be given a Course Certificate specifying the number of hours of attendance, your initial level and the level you have reached.
On request, you can also receive an End of Course Teaching Assessment, which includes a detailed analysis of your competence in the French language.
This assessment is available at a cost of 50 Euros. Your main teacher completes the End of Course Teaching Assessment which is validated by the teaching department. It includes:

  • The predicted level, the level achieved as well as the levels reached in the 4 skills: oral omprehension, written comprehension, oral expression and written expression based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
  • A detailed description of your abilities and progress in the different areas: oral, written and socio-cultural plus general  comments.
  • This assessment can be used at university (to earn credits) or for professional purposes (training course validation, CV, etc.).