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CEFR levels

The Interuniversity Test of Academic English (ITACE) evaluates participants within the Common European Framework of Reference.
The ITACE for Lecturers only allows participants to obtain a C1-certificate. This is the officially required level for lecturers who teach in English.

CEFR levels


Level C1 has the following characteristics:

General linguistic range
Can select an appropriate formulation from a broad range of language to express him/herself clearly, without having to restrict what he/she wants to say.

Overall listening comprehension
Can understand enough to follow extended speech on abstract and complex topics beyond his/her own field, though he/she may need to confirm occasional details, especially if the accent is unfamiliar. Can recognise a wide range of idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms, appreciating register shifts. Can follow extended speech even when it is not clearly structured and when relationships are only implied and not signalled explicit

Overall reading comprehension
Can understand in detail lengthy, complex texts, whether or not they relate to his/her own area of speciality, provided he/she can reread difficult sections.

Vocabulary control and range
Has a good command of a broad lexical repertoire allowing gaps to be readily overcome with circumlocutions; little obvious searching for expressions or avoidance strategies. Good command of idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms Occasional minor slips, but no significant vocabulary errors.

Grammatical accuracy and range
Consistently maintains a high degree of grammatical accuracy. Occasional non-systematic errors and minor flaws may still occur, but they are rare or the speaker may self-correct by rephrasing.
Shows correct use of sentences that are varied in length and structure.

Can vary intonation and place sentence stress correctly. Pronunciation may include minor lapses.L1-accent might still be perceptible, but has no effect on intelligibility.

Spoken fluency
Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously, almost effortlessly. Only a conceptually difficult subject can hinder a natural, smooth flow of language.

Spelling & punctuation
Punctuation is consistent and helpful, even in more complex sentences, although occasional slips may occur. Spelling is accurate, apart from occasional errors in less frequent words.

Coherence and cohesion
Can communicate clearly and smoothly in a well-structured manner, showing mostly correct use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices. Can use a variety of linking words, although some minor flaws may occur (choice of linking words, formal or informal, correct usage).

Source: http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/linguistic/Source/Framework_EN.pdf


A more elaborate description of the different levels can be found on the CEFR website and in the online brochure

Participants seeking to obtain a certificate for a CEFR-level other than C1 can take the ITACE for Students.

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