Absolute Beginner : You have had no previous contact with the target language : you will need to begin a full language learning programme.
Beginner : You possess some slight but often incomplete knowledge of the target language.
Elementary 1 : You have some rudimentary understanding of the language : initially you will need in-depth revision of the basic structures.
Elementary 2 : You possess an elementary understanding of the language : you will need in-depth revision of the basics in anticipation of an introduction to more complex structures.
Pre-Intermediate : You have a good knowledge of basic structures but speaking the target language, vocabulary and fluency are limited and often incorrect : you will need to learn more complex structures and tenses whilst working to enrich your vocabulary.
Intermediate 1 : You have an in-depth knowledge of the fundamental structures and can express yourself correctly and reasonably well : you need lively practice in oral expression and comprehension.
Intermediate 2 : You possess a good command of the principal structures and are able to cope with most situations. Your oral expression permits a rich exchange of opinions : you need to work on width of vocabulary and more complex structures in order to have conversations recognizing nuances in meaning.
Operational :You have mastered most linguistic structures in the target language :you need extension work to concentrate on specialised topics and vocabulary.
Advanced : You possess sufficient comprehension and oral skills to take part in conferences and seminars, to understand intrinsic meanings ; you need additional motivation and practice in order to make further progress and develop the finer points of language.
Independent : Your oral, comprehension, reading and writing skills are developed to a high, near-native standard . You possess a wide knowledge of general and professional culture: you need immersion in conversation to increase fluency and build on your already extensive knowledge of idiomatic language.