What level am I?

According to the “Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment” (CEFR), learners of a foreign language can be divided into three broad divisions that can be divided into six levels:

A Basic User

A1 Breakthrough or beginner

  • Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
  • Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has.
  • Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
A2 Waystage or elementary

  • Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
  • Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
  • Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

B Independent User

B1 Threshold or intermediate

  • Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
  • Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
  • Can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
  • Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
B2 Vantage or upper intermediate

  • Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation.
  • Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
  • Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

C Proficient User

C1 Effective Operational Proficiency or advanced

  • Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning.
  • Can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
  • Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
  • Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
C2 Mastery or proficiency

  • Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.
  • Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.
  • Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.
What level are you?
Email me at: cristinaeclassroom@gmail.com and take the test!

Have you ever been in Italy?

Have you ever been in Italy? If so, where have you been? Which city o Region do you like more or which city or Region would you like visiting first?

I’d like to guide you in a virtual tour of my country to show you what probably do not find in a guide-book!

And if you want to learn our magical language do not hesitate to Skype me @ cristinaeclassroom or email me at cristinaeclassroom@gmail.com to arrange a free 30-min trial!

Enjoy 🙂

Why Study Italian Language and Culture?

It would be very interesting if someone could answer to this poll   =)

Tailor-made Italian classes

Do you like Italy? Are you planning to visit our wonderful country and you’d like being able to speak Italian during your staying? Or you are in love with our Culture, Art and Traditions and you’d like learning Italian to explore deeply the immense Italian cultural heritage?

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If you want, starting from now, I will be your Italian Tutor.

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  •  Wi-Fi connection, 
  •  headphone with microphone
  •  and Skype!

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