Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and Equivalent with (ACTFL)

Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and Equivalent with (ACTFL)

The curriculum CLM follows the European guidelines for languages detailed in the Common European Framework of Reference: learning, teaching and evaluation, 2001 (CEFR), developed for Spanish by the Instituto Cervantes in its Curricular Plan of 2006.


The CEFR forms an essential part of the general project on linguistic policy of the European Council, which has been making a considerable and well-founded effort to unify guidelines for learning and teaching within the European context since 1971. It describes the common reference levels as a flexible series of levels of achievement defined by appropriate mediators. The adopted focus is based on an analysis of language use in function with the strategies used by students to carry out certain activities and processes. It assesses to what extent they can acquire the general competence and communication skills required for understanding texts and constructing discourse on certain issues and complete the tasks they face under the conditions and restrictions of the situations which arise in the different areas of social life.

Equivalence table between the CEFR and ACTFL

According to a study carried out in 2008*, the following equivalence table is proposed between the CEFR and ACTFL.

C2 Advanced High, Superior
C1 Advanced Mid, Advanced High
B2 Intermediate High, Advanced Low
B1 Intermediate Mid, Intermediate High
A2 Lower Intermediate, Intermediate Mid
A1 Novice High
<A1 Novice Low, Novice Mid



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