CEF Language Fluency Levels

All of the Alliance Française network’s language courses are structured according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF). The CEF is the language and fluency level scale used  in the European Union. It serves as the guideline for describing the level of fluency achieved by a foreign language learner. Find out what is your French language fluency level.

The Alliance Française of Washington, D.C. offers multiple courses within each CEF level, as detailed in the chart below. See below table for learning objectives of each level. You can also use this table to perform a quick self-evaluation.

 *New students with any prior experience studying or speaking French must take our free placement test before enrolling in a class. It is the best way to guarantee you are in the best class for your language needs.

 *Check the curriculum table with the details of classes that the Alliance Française offers in DC. Please note that not all advanced classes are offered each session.

A1: Breakthrough / Beginner Level

101 A1.1

102 A1.2

A2: Way Stage / Elementary Level

103 A2.1

104 A2.2

105 A2.3

201 A2.4

B1: Threshold / Intermediate Level

202 B1.1

203 B1.2

204 B1.3

301 B1.4

302 B1.5

303 B1.6

B2: Vantage / Upper Intermediate Level

304 B2.1

401 B2.2

402 B2.3

403 B2.4

404 B2.5

405 B2.6

C1: Effective Operational Efficiency / Advanced Level

501 C1.1

502 C1.2

503 C1.3

504 C1.4

505 C1.5

506 C1.6

Advanced review 500 C1