LEVELS TO CALIBRATE YOUR PROGRESS: PLT’s pedagogical approach is based in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This international reference system offers, notably, a proficiency scale which enables the Learner’s starting level to be established and a learning target to be determined based on the level of language ability (please see below).
The CEFR Proficiency scale: It is divided into 3 categories A, B and C corresponding to beginner, independent and expert, and 6 levels of proficiency.
• A1: Basics
Simple questions, familiar environment. The learner can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of concrete needs. He/she can: introduce himself and others; ask and answer questions about themselves and others (where they live, people he/she knows, his/her belongings, etc.); interact in a simple way if the other person talks slowly and clearly.
• A2: Essentials
Description, simple conversations. The learner can understand sentences and frequently-used expressions related to basic areas (personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). He/she can: communicate in simple tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar matters; describe in simple terms his/her training, immediate environment and talk about familiar matters or those which correspond with immediate needs.
• B1: Efficiency
Beginning of autonomy: able to get by, express his/her opinion. The learner can understand the key points of a conversation when simple language is used and if it involves familiar topics (work, school, leisure activities, etc.). He/she can: deal with most situations encountered when travelling in an area where the language is spoken; produce a simple and coherent discourse on topics which are familiar or of personal interest; describe events, experiences, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly outline his/her reasons
• B2: Autonomy
Everyday understanding and ability to converse: express an opinion, argue a case. The learner can understand the main ideas in a complex text on a concrete or abstract topic, including a technical discussion in his/her field of specialization. He/she can: communicate with a degree of fluency such as in a conversation with a native speaker involving no strain for either party; express himself/herself in a clear and detailed manner on numerous subjects; explain a viewpoint on a current topical issue; outline the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
• C1: Proficiency
Good mastery, spontaneous, fluent expression. The learner can understand long and demanding texts, and recognize implicit meaning. He/she can: express himself/herself spontaneously without having to search for words; use the language in an effective manner for personal and professional purposes; express himself/herself on complex subjects in a clear and structured way; show controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
• C2: Expert
Comprehension and fluidity of expression. The learner can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. He/she can: reconstruct facts and arguments from different written and spoken sources and summarize them in a coherent manner; express herself/himself spontaneously and precisely; differentiate nuances of meaning with respect to complex subjects.