A1 English level (elementary)

Understanding your English level

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is the system that defines and explains the different levels of oral and written expression and comprehension for languages, including English.

There are six levels of reference, divided into three blocks: basic user for levels A1 and A2, independent user for B1 and B2 and proficient user for C1 and C2.

English level A1 describes basic users of the language. Learners at this level can communicate in everyday situations with common expressions and elementary vocabulary.

Skills at A1 English level (elementary)

What can an A1-level learner of English do?

  • They can understand and use very common everyday expressions and simple phrases for immediate needs.
  • They can introduce themselves and other people and can ask and answer questions about personal details, such as where they live, things they have and people they know.
  • They can communicate in a simple way if the other person talks slowly and clearly.

Online courses at this level

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