Common European Framework of Reference for Language Learning and Teaching


In the European Year of Languages 2001 and on the initiative of the European Council, the "Council for Cultural Cooperation of the Council of Europe" developed the Common European Framework of Reference to provide a clear guideline for measuring language skills.


This furnishes the European business world with a system of standards that enables those involved in corporate human resources to evaluate the foreign language skills of their employees and applicants. As the CEF applies all across Europe, the language certificates that comply with the CEF are, therefore, transparent and internationally comparable.


For Germany, the Deutsche Industrie- und Handelstag (Council of German Chambers of Commerce) and the Industrie- und Handelskammer Düsseldorf (Düsseldorf Chamber of Commerce) – in their role as leading chambers for foreign language tests – have carried out, among other things, a job-based definition of the CEF for Germany, in conjunction with corporate representatives. With these documents, we can provide you with the results of this work.


When it comes to measuring the achievement of the learning targets, we use this framework of standards as a guideline and issue our foreign language certificates in accordance with these criteria.


Düsseldorf, im Juli 2001


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