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Levels

What is my level?

You have studied French before ? You lived in a French speaking country ?
If you are not a complete beginner, you might want to know what your level really is.

At the Alliance Française Christchurch, we use the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) which is the most recognised guideline used to describe achievements of learners of foreign languages.

If you are new to Alliance and have some background in French, we strongly recommend you to have your level assessed so you can join the right class.  Call or email us now to organise a free appointment with our Course Coordinator. Alternatively, you can take your level assessment online.

A1 Beginners:

For complete beginners and those with basic knowledge

Discovery A1 comprises four levels: from Discovery A1.1 to Discovery A1.4. After completing level A1.4, students can prepare and sit for the DELF A1 exam, the internationally recognised diploma of French language.

Specialised courses are also on offer throughout the year: French for Travellers (for complete beginners only), French Pronunciation and DELF A1 Preparation (for students who have completed level A1.4).

A2 Intermediate:

For those with basic French knowledge, who can communicate in a simple way and exchange information

The A2 Intermediate level comprises six courses, from Intermediate A2.1 to Intermediate A2.6. After completing level A2.6, students can prepare and sit for the DELF A2 exam, the internationally recognised diploma of French language.

Specialised courses are also on offer throughout the year, including: Conversation First Steps, French through Music, Revision & Conversation and DELF A2 Preparation (for students who have completed level A2.6).

B1 Independent:

For independent users who can maintain interaction

The B1 Independent level comprises seven levels, from Independent B1.1 to Independent B1.7 After completing level B1.7, students can prepare and sit for the DELF B1 exam, the internationally recognised diploma of French language.

Specialised courses are also on offer throughout the year, including: French Theatre, Arts & Culture, French Grammar & Conversation, Current Affairs and DELF B1 Preparation (for students who have completed level B1.7).

B2 Advanced:

For users who can communicate spontaneously

At this level, students have a degree of fluency and spontaneity in regular interactions and can correct their own mistakes. Completed within 2 years, students can choose amongst various specialised courses on offer throughout the year: Regions of France, Advanced Conversation, French Cinema, Literature & Writing, French & Francophone History and DELF B2 Preparation (for students who have completed a minimum of 1 year of the above mentionned courses). The DELF B2 is the internationally recognised diploma of French language allowing students to undertake tertiary studies in France.

C1 Proficiency:

For users who can speak fluently

At this level, students can express themselves fluently and spontaneously, using a large vocabulary and clear, well-structured discourse. Completed within 3 years, students can choose amongst various specialised courses on offer throughout the year: Current Affairs, French Cinema, Introduction to Philosophy, Arts & Culture, Sciences & Technology, Comment & Debate and DALF C1 Preparation (for students who have completed a minimum of 2 years of the above mentioned courses). The DALF C1 is the internationally recognised diploma of French language allowing students to undertake tertiary studies in France.