The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR or CEF for short) is a standardised guide used to describe the performance of foreign language learners across Europe and beyond. At GermanMind, we naturally follow these guidelines in all our German classes and German courses.
How does it work?
Levels are divided into A1 for beginner, A2 for pre-intermediate, B1 for intermediate, B2 for advanced, C1 for advanced and C2 for master.
Like many other language schools, GermanMind divides these levels into two or more sections to accommodate students' time and budget planning (e.g. level A1 is divided into A1.1 and A1.2). This framework is one of the best for learning German for beginners.
To start with level A1, you should not have any knowledge of German.
What does this mean for you?
After completing level A1.1 you will be able to
understand and use familiar, everyday expressions and very simple phrases aimed at satisfying concrete needs.
introduce yourself and others and ask and answer questions about yourself, e.g. where you live, people you know and things you have.
communicate in a simple way, provided the other person speaks slowly and clearly and is willing to help.
What you will learn
At GermanMind, you will learn the following (and more) as part of the A1.1 syllabus:
Greeting and saying goodbye; Introducing yourself; Saying where you are from; Saying what languages you speak; Asking and telling how you are; Talking about your family; Counting; Talking about where you are from; Talking about others (he, she, we, you, they); Filling in registration forms; Talking about what you have; Naming food; Expressing that you don't have and need something; Talking about what something is not (none, none); Expressing prices, units and packaging; Shopping at the counter; Ordering food; Talking about your home; Comparing things; talking about furniture; reading flat advertisements; telling the time; talking about the daily routine (split verbs); telling dates; using cardinal and ordinal numbers; describing what you do at different times of the day; talking about the weather; expressing that you don't have things (accusative); talking about hobbies and leisure; talking about what you can and can't do; talking about what you want; expressing things in the past; talking about the daily routine in the past; naming days of the week; naming months.