At Oxford English Academy, we pride ourselves on the fact that we use the CEFR (Common European Frame of Reference Language Learning) to evaluate a student’s level. There are four areas that we assess our students in, namely speaking, listening, reading and writing. The CEFR provides us with a strong guideline as to what is expected of a student at a certain level.
Here are what is called the “Can do” Statements for a student who is at Beginner Level in English:
Speaking: Student can use basic greetings and leave taking expressions. He/she can interact in a simple way by asking and answering basic questions. Can ask and answer simple personal questions. Questions such as, “Hello, how are you?” or “What is your name?” Statements such as, “My name is John, what is your name?”
Listening: The student can understand simple words and phrases. Can understand the days of the week and months of the year. Can understand times and dates, as well as numbers and prices.
Reading: The student can recognise names, words and phrases. He/she knows and uses them to understand very simple sentences if there are pictures.
Writing: The student can write about themselves and where they live using short, simple phrases.
At our school, new students do a placement test on their arrival, as well as an oral interview with our Academic School Director, to ensure that they are placed into the correct level. If you are placed at Beginner level you will have the opportunity to move to the next level, Elementary, when you write your first End of Cycle test. These tests are held every six weeks, testing your language skills in the four areas mentioned above. Your teacher will assess you closely and based on your progress you may see yourself moving up the language ladder faster than you think!