Language learning in Europe Posted by Tibor on Oct 22, 2018 in Swedish Language
The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages in Swedish (Gemensam referensram för språk) aka. GERS is a guideline used to describe achievements of learners of foreign languages across Europe and, increasingly, in other countries.
A – Language User at a new-beginner level
- A1 – Breakthrough
- A2 – Waystage
B – Independent User
- B1 – Threshold
- B2 – Vantage
C – Advanced user
- C1 – Effective operational proficiency
- C2 – Mastery
One of the biggest challenges language schools seem to have is including the study hours allotted by CEFR. It is also different hours language schools offer for each level and it confuses students. Let’s say if each course consists of 100 study hours it isn’t the amount of actual hours a student has to invest into a language learning. Each course can’t consist the same amount of hours because it is obvious that reaching an A1-level is easier than reaching a C1-level for example. Different languages might take also different amount of hours when it comes to the relationship with the duration of the learning process. Read more about that how Cambridge Examinations or Deutsche Welle has set up the time schedule for the different level by clicking on the hyperlink. (source: Wikipedia)
The actual recommended hours of studying :
C2 C2 Proficiency – previously known as Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) 1,000—1,200 C1 C1 Advanced – previously known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) 700—800 B2 B2 First – previously known as Cambridge English: First (FCE) 500—600 B1 B1 Preliminary – previously known as Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET) 350—400 A2 A2 Key – previously known as Cambridge English: Key (KET) 180—200
source: (Cambridge English) *Please note that these hours follow the CEFR but it is just an approximate estimation. Some languages considered being harder to learn can consist of more language hours. We could say that Swedish is on the level of English though.