All TGLS certificates comply with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). All the language competencies from level A1 to C2 are described in accordance with the assessment requirements and standards determined by the Council of Europe.

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is a thorough description of language ability. It consists of six main levels, ranging from A1 (beginner) to C2 (advanced). Its biggest advantage is that it is ‘language neutral’ which means it can be easily applicable to any language. It describes learners’ language performance in terms of the different language skills like speaking or reading. It also outlines language competencies like the learners’ vocabulary range and communication strategies – how learners manage their communication using the language that they’ve accumulated.

 

It was constructed as a tool for educators to promote transparency and coherence in language education and assessment and an instrument which could function as a common framework for defining objectives, methods and assessment in language teaching. In other words , if a learner claims to be C1 in English or to have passed a C1 exam in English, employers or teachers are able to clearly understand what this means. Without CEFR the different educational systems, qualifications, and assessment criteria would make this difficult or impossible. Quoting the CEFR authors’ words, “the Framework will enhance the transparency of courses, syllabuses, and qualifications”. (Council of Europe, 2001: 1)

At the same time the authors of the CEFR emphasise that the scales and descriptors have not been set out to instruct teachers how to do things but they have been devised to stimulate concern and raise questions about objectives that should be pursued, as well as methods that should be employed in the process of teaching and assessment .

The Global Scale descriptors for CEFR levels