How to determine my level ?

In order to enrol, you need to have an idea of your level :
- complete beginner,no notion of French (only in the Summer)
- beginner (A1-A2)
- intermediate to very advanced (B1-C1)
(See the Global scale of European Language Portfolio below)

Nevertheless, the classes are organized according to an assessment test (written and oral) which takes place on the first Monday of your course (from 8.15 am to 3 pm).

Global scale of European Language Portfolio

Proficient user


C2 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 spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.


C1 Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him 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.

Independant user


B2 Can understand the main ideas of complex texts on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his 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.
  B1 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 which 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.

Basic user


A2 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 background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
  A1 Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he lives, people he knows and things he has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
Complete beginner   Has no elementary notion and has never taken lessons.
Anthropole - CH-1015 Lausanne
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