Curriculum for English Language at Agape School of Education.

Agape School of Education follows The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

What is CEFR?
The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

What is the CEFR?

The CEFR is a framework used to describe achievements and proficiency of learners of foreign languages. It was designed to provide a transparent, coherent and comprehensive basis for the development of language syllabuses and curriculum guidelines, the design of teaching and learning materials, and the assessment of foreign language proficiency. It is used across Europe but also in other continents and is now available in 39 languages.

The CEFR describes foreign language proficiency at six levels (A1 and A2, B1 and B2, C1 and C2) by specifying what learners at each stage are able to understand and express. The scheme makes it possible to compare tests and examinations across languages and national boundaries.

The CEFR defines levels of progress as follows:
A1 and A2: basic language skills
B1 and B2: independent use of language
C1 und C2: proficient use of language

FRAMEWORK FOR ADULT CLASSES

The common reference levels are as follows:

CEFR

Proficiency Level Description
Basic User A1

§  Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.

§  Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details, such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has.

§  Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly, clearly and is prepared to help.

A2

§  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.

Independent User B1

§  Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.

§  Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken.

§  Can produce simple connected text on topics, which are familiar, or of personal interest.

§  Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambition, and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

B2

§  Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation.

§  Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.

§  Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

Proficient User C1

§  Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts and recognise implicit meaning.

§  Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.

§  Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.

§  Can produce clear, well-structured and detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors, and cohesive devices.

C2

§  Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.

§  Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.

§  Can express themselves spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.

FRAMEWORK

Agape School of Education offers courses that follow The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) syllabus and the Singapore-Cambridge syllabus as defined by the Ministry of Education, Singapore (MOE).