Do you have questions about our language courses, our approach or BLCC? You can find answers to frequently asked questions here!

What does my language level represent?

Taking a language course? Then you are certainly being asked about your language level according to the CEFR scale. But what exactly does this level mean? On the basis of which parameters is it determined? And which skills do I need to achieve in order to reach a higher language level?


I am a complete beginner and cannot yet express myself in the foreign language.


I can use simple expressions and phrases to describe my living environment and the people I know.

I can participate in a simple conversation when the interlocutor is willing to repeat or rephrase things at a slower speaking pace and helps me formulate what I am trying to say.


I can use a range of phrases and sentences to describe in simple terms my family and other people, living conditions, my education and my current or most recent job.

I can communicate about simple and day-to-day tasks involving a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar topics and activities. I can handle very short social conversations, although I usually do not understand enough to keep the conversation going independently.


I can connect expressions in a simple way to describe experiences and events, my dreams, hopes and ambitions. I can briefly give reasons and explanations for my opinions and plans. I can tell a story, or depict the plot of a book or film and describe my reactions.

I can handle most situations that may arise while travelling in an area where the language in question is spoken. I can participate unprepared in a conversation on topics that are familiar, or have my personal interest or that relate to everyday life (e.g. family, hobbies, work, travel and current events).


I can present clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of topics related to my area of interest. I can explain a viewpoint on a topical issue and present the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

I can engage in fluent and spontaneous conversation to the extent that normal exchanges with native speakers are reasonably possible. I can take an active part in a discussion within a familiar context and explain and support my viewpoints.


I can present clear, detailed descriptions of complex subjects integrating sub-themes, developing specific points of view and rounding off with an appropriate conclusion.

I can express myself fluently and spontaneously without noticeably searching for expressions. I can use language flexibly and effectively for social and professional purposes. I can formulate ideas and opinions with precision and relate my contribution skilfully to those of other speakers.


I can present a clear, well-flowing description or argument in a style appropriate to the context and in an effective logical structure so that the listener is able to notice and remember key points.

I can participate effortlessly in any conversation or discussion and am very familiar with idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms. I can express myself fluently and convey finer nuances of meaning precisely. If I encounter a problem, I can recast myself and restructure my speech in such a way that other people hardly notice.