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I really wanted to go to Paris, but I didn't speak any French. Central College offered a fabulous program that helped my not only learn French as I'd always wanted to do, but also to gain a much higher proficiency than I would have expected.
– Meghan Hartsell
Loras College

language levels

Central College Abroad in Paris follows the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). While all students are required to submit a foreign language assessment form prior to departure, language level is assessed again on-site, and students are placed according to the CEFR language level.

Beginner (CEFR level A1)

Previous French language experience
From no French language study to some exposure in junior high or high school or one to two semesters of college French.

Focus at this level of acquisition/development
Introduction of fundamental elements of grammar, vocabulary and phonetics. Ability to express oneself in speaking and writing in limited, concrete contexts.

Elementary (CEFR level A1+, A2, A2+)

Previous French language experience
From one to four semesters of college French.

Focus at this level of acquisition/development
Acquiring control over basic elements of grammar, further development of vocabulary for situations encountered in daily life. Ability to speak/write simple sentences and present-tense narratives in limited contexts with accuracy and clarity.

Intermediate (CEFR level B1, B1.2)

Previous French language experience
From four to six semesters of college level French.

Focus at this level of acquisition/development
Oral and written competence in both comprehension and production. Ability to present, develop and defend opinions orally and in short, coherent essays.

Advanced (CEFR level B2+)

Previous French language experience
Two to three semesters of college level French civilization, literature or business courses.

Focus at this level of acquisition/development
Strong command of grammar and wide range of vocabulary. Ability to participate actively and meaningfully in oral and written discussion of abstract topics. Ability to read and analyze a wide range of texts. Ability to write well-structured, well-argued essays of some length.