The Common European Framework of reference (CEFR) for languages is extensively used to define the level of comprehension in English and other languages, and specifically the oral and written English skills of the individual. There are six levels of language proficiency, divided into three groups, A1 and A2 for basic users, B1 and B2 for independent intermediate users and C1 and C2 for proficient and advanced users.
The term A1-level English is used to describe users who have a basic knowledge of the English language. Learners in this language do not speak English at home, and the language is usually not taught in school. These learners can understand commonly used English phrases during daily interaction with others. They have an elementary English vocabulary and can communicate in a simple way with others who are speaking English. A1 levels for English are further classified into different categories like listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, since the proficiency of an individual may vary in these skills. In some cases, individuals who speak English fluently may not write well in English.
A1 Level English Skills
A1 Speaking and Listening Skills
The person learning English at the A1 level will be able to understand others using the most common English words and phrases. He or she will also be able to use these phrases for communicating with others. English learners will also be able to introduce themselves and others. They will learn to answer personal questions like those about where they are living, the items they have, and the people they know. They can communicate in English with others only if the other person will speak clearly and slowly. Usually people with A1 spoken English skills also have A1 listening skills, and can recognize widely used words.
A1 Reading Skills
Individuals with A1-level reading skills recognize and understand the English alphabet, words, names and also simple sentences. This allows them to read and understand posters, notices, catalogs and common forms.
A1 Writing Skills
A person with A1 writing skills is familiar with the English alphabet, words and phrases. He or she can write greetings and other basic information on postcards, read and fill out forms, such as the registration forms of hotels, where personal details like name, nationality and contact information are required.
A1 Movers is the second of the three English levels (Pre-A1 Starters, A1 Movers, A2 Flyers) for young students and learners of English. Young children who have completed the Pre-A1 level, can then study English to move to A1 Movers, the next level. Children will learn to improve both their English writing and speaking, so that they become more confident while using the language. For improving the listening, reading, speaking and writing skills in English, the tests are usually written on subjects most children are familiar with.
Children with A1 Movers–level skills are able to understand simple instructions and converse with others in basic English. The student will also be able to read instructions and notices, and understand the information. He or she will be able to fill out simple forms properly and take notes which specify place, date and time. All students who complete the three papers of one hour’s duration each will get a certificate. Popular variants like American and British English are covered in the tests, which are about daily activities.