The result of over twenty years of research, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment (CEFR) is exactly what its title says it is: a framework of reference. It was designed to provide a transparent, coherent and comprehensive basis for the elaboration of language syllabuses and curriculum guidelines, the design of teaching and learning materials, and the assessment of foreign language proficiency. It is used in Europe but also on other continents and is now available in 40 languages. The CEFR categorises foreign language proficiency according to six main levels: A1 and A2, B1 and B2, C1 and C2. At the Alliance Française, these six main levels are then further divided into sub-levels and our courses are structured accordingly.