Level A1 corresponds to basic users of English who can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases.
It is important to bear in mind that 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 such as English. It consists of 6 levels of reference: three blocks (A or basic user, B or independent user and C or proficient user), which are in turn divided into two sublevels, 1 and 2.
Skills at level A1
One of the questions you might ask yourself when you read this information is, what language competences characterise a person who can prove they have a level A1 in English? The CEFR specifies the following:
- She/he can understand and use very frequently-used everyday expressions as well as simple phrases to meet immediate needs.
- She/he can introduce her/himself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where she/he lives, things she/he has and people she/he knows.
- She/he can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to cooperate.