Level A2 corresponds to basic users of the language, i.e. those able to communicate in everyday situations with commonly-used expressions and elementary vocabulary. It is important to bear in mind that the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) 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 A2

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 A2 in English?

The CEFRL specifies that students at this level should be able to:

  • understand sentences and frequently-used expressions related to the areas of experience most immediately relevant to them (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, places of interest, employment, etc.)
  • communicate in simple, everyday tasks requiring no more than a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters
  • describe in simple terms aspects of their past, environment and matters related to their immediate needs.

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