|European levels - Self Assessment Grid
||U n d e r s t a n d i n g
||S p e a k i n g
||W r i t i n g
can understand familiar words and very basic phrases concerning myself,
my family and immediate concrete surroundings when people speak slowly
||I can understand familiar names, words and very simple sentences, for example on notices and posters or in catalogues.
can interact in a simple way provided the other person is prepared to
repeat or rephrase things at a slower rate of speech and help me
formulate what I'm trying to say. I can ask and answer simple questions
in areas of immediate need or on very familiar topics.
||I can use simple phrases and sentences to describe where I live and people I know.
can write a short, simple postcard, for example sending holiday
greetings. I can fill in forms with personal details, for example
entering my name, nationality and address on a hotel registration form.
can understand phrases and the highest frequency vocabulary related to
areas of most immediate personal relevance (e.g. very basic personal
and family information, shopping, local area, employment). I can catch
the main point in short, clear, simple messages and announcements.
can read very short, simple texts. I can find specific, predictable
information in simple everyday material such as advertisements,
prospectuses, menus and timetables and I can understand short simple
||I can communicate in simple and routine
tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar
topics and activities. I can handle very short social exchanges, even
though I can't usually understand enough to keep the conversation going
||I can use a series of phrases and sentences to
describe in simple terms my family and other people, living conditions,
my educational background and my present or most recent job.
can write short, simple notes and messages. I can write a very simple
personal letter, for example thanking someone for something.
can understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar
matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. I can
understand the main point of many radio or TV programmes on current
affairs or topics of personal or professional interest when the
delivery is relatively slow and clear.
||I can understand
texts that consist mainly of high frequency everyday or job-related
language. I can understand the description of events, feelings and
wishes in personal letters.
||I can deal with most situations
likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is
spoken. I can enter unprepared into conversation on topics that are
familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life (e.g.
family, hobbies, work, travel and current events).
connect phrases in a simple way in order to describe experiences and
events, my dreams, hopes and ambitions. I can briefly give reasons and
explanations for opinions and plans. I can narrate a story or relate
the plot of a book or film and describe my reactions.
write simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal
interest. I can write personal letters describing experiences and
can understand extended speech and lectures and follow even complex
lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar. I can
understand most TV news and current affairs programmes. I can
understand the majority of films in standard dialect.
read articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which
the writers adopt particular attitudes or viewpoints. I can understand
contemporary literary prose.
||I can interact with a degree
of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native
speakers quite possible. I can take an active part in discussion in
familiar contexts, accounting for and sustaining my views.
can present clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects
related to my field of interest. I can explain a viewpoint on a topical
issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
can write clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects related to
my interests. I can write an essay or report, passing on information or
giving reasons in support of or against a particular point of view. I
can write letters highlighting the personal significance of events and
can understand extended speech even when it is not clearly structured
and when relationships are only implied and not signalled explicitly. I
can understand television programmes and films without too much effort.
can understand long and complex factual and literary texts,
appreciating distinctions of style. I can understand specialised
articles and longer technical instructions, even when they do not
relate to my field.
||I can express myself fluently and
spontaneously without much obvious 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.
can present clear, detailed descriptions of complex subjects
integrating sub-themes, developing particular points and rounding off
with an appropriate conclusion.
||I can express myself in
clear, well-structured text, expressing points of view at some length.
I can write about complex subjects in a letter, an essay or a report,
underlining what I consider to be the salient issues. I can select a
style appropriate to the reader in mind.
have no difficulty in understanding any kind of spoken language,
whether live or broadcast, even when delivered at fast native speed,
provided. I have some time to get familiar with the accent.
can read with ease virtually all forms of the written language,
including abstract, structurally or linguistically complex texts such
as manuals, specialised articles and literary works.
take part effortlessly in any conversation or discussion and have a
good familiarity with idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms. I can
express myself fluently and convey finer shades of meaning precisely.
If I do have a problem I can backtrack and restructure around the
difficulty so smoothly that other people are hardly aware of it.
can present a clear, smoothly-flowing description or argument in a
style appropriate to the context and with an effective logical
structure which helps the recipient to notice and remember significant
||I can write clear, smoothly-flowing text in an
appropriate style. I can write complex letters, reports or articles
which present a case with an effective logical structure which helps
the recipient to notice and remember significant points. I can write
summaries and reviews of professional or literary works.