The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) is a set of guidelines used to describe the achievements of language learners. It is commonly used in Europe and is increasingly being used further afield.
Language learners can engage in four different types of activities:
- Reception: listening and reading
- Production: speaking and writing
- Interaction: speaking and writing
- Mediation: translating and interpreting
The CEFR identifies six levels at which the language learner can be working from A1 (Beginner) to C2 (Mastery).
It is difficult to say that our Coffee Break resources is at a particular level because, as you can see from the list of activities above, it is almost impossible for a single resource to address all activities. However, through the use of our materials it is possible to develop skills and confidence in certain areas, particularly the receptive skills of listening and reading. In addition, through the bonus materials we offer in our courses, Coffee Break can also help with Production, Interaction and Mediation, for example through the interactive translation exercises we include in the bonus audio materials of many of our courses.
Coffee Break courses are organised in "seasons". An approximate alignment to the CEFR is as follows:
- Season 1 - A1
- Season 2 - A1/A2
- Season 3 - B1/B2
- Season 4 - B2/C1
There is more information about the Common European Framework of Reference here.