Level A2 of CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
At level A2 (waystage), we will find the majority of descriptors stating social functions are to be found, like use simple everyday polite forms of greeting and address; greet people, ask how they are and react to news; handle very short social exchanges; ask and answer questions about what they do at work and in free time; make and respond to invitations; discuss what to do, where to go and make arrangements to meet; make and accept offers. At level A2, we will also find the descriptors on getting out and about: the simpliﬁed cut-down version of the full set of transactional speciﬁcations in ‘The Threshold Level’ for adults living abroad, like: make simple transactions in shops, post ofﬁces or banks; get simple information about travel; use public transport: buses, trains, and taxis, ask for basic information, ask and give directions, and buy tickets; ask for and provide everyday goods and services.
Global scale of the skills of level A2 of the CEFR
The global scale of the common reference of the CEFR defines level A2's user capable of the following linguistic skills:
- can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
- Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
- Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
Self-assessment grid of level A2 of the CEFR
The CEFR describe level A2's user capable of carrying out the following linguistic skills:
I can understand phrases and the highest frequency vocabulary related to areas of most immediate personal relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local area, employment). I can catch the main point in short, clear, simple messages and announcements.
I can read very short, simple texts. I can find specific, predictable information in simple everyday material such as advertisements, prospectuses, menus and timetables and I can understand short simple personal letters.
I can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar topics and activities. I can handle very short social exchanges, even though I can't usually understand enough to keep the conversation going myself.
I can use a series of phrases and sentences to describe in simple terms my family and other people, living conditions, my educational background and my present or most recent job.
I can write short, simple notes and messages relating to matters in areas of immediate need. I can write a very simple personal letter, for example thanking someone for something.
Qualitative aspects of spoken language use of level A2 of the CEFR
Uses basic sentence patterns with memorised phrases, groups of a few words and formulae in order to communicate limited information in simple everyday situations.
Uses some simple structures correctly, but still systematically makes basic mistakes.
Can make him/herself understood in very short utterances, even though pauses, false starts and reformulation are very evident.
Can answer questions and respond to simple statements. Can indicate when he/she is following but is rarely able to understand enough to keep conversation going of his/her own accord.
Can link groups of words with 'and', 'but' and 'because'.
In the illustrative descriptors a distinction is made between the ‘criterion levels’ (e.g. A2 or A2.1) and the ‘plus levels’ (e.g. A2+ or A2.2). The latter are distinguished from the former by a horizontal line, as in this example for overall listening comprehension.