Everything you need to know on your A1 English certificate

A breakdown of all the required skills for you to achieve A1 level in English.

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At Lingoda, we issue language certificates in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This framework separates learners into six levels, the first of which is called Level A1. Each time a student passes a level, they are awarded a new certificate, which proves their ability to that point.

Level A1, also known as ‘Breakthrough’ or ‘Beginner’ level, is the lowest level of basic language use, as recognised by the CEFR. With English students, it can be described as the point at which a user can understand and use very basic English phrases and common expressions, both verbally and in written form.

In particular, Level A1 focuses on the satisfaction of concrete needs. Essentially, this means that someone at this level should be able to ask and answer simple questions on topics like where they live, their possessions, their family, and so on. They should also be able to interact in a simple way, if the other speaker talks slowly and clearly.

Skills Breakdown

Below is a breakdown of the different language components, and the individual skills that a student should have in order to receive an English A1 certificate:






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Lingoda Certificates

The Lingoda online language school is structured in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and, as a result, the certificates we issue to students are recognised around the world. Indeed, our certificates are accepted by employers, academic institutions and even immigration services.

Each time you complete an English course at a specific level, you will receive a certificate, which can be used to provide proof of your current ability. Therefore, in order to receive an English A1 certificate, you need to complete an English course at Level A1. Certificates are included in the price of your course.

Due to the fact that the CEFR enjoys international recognition, it will be easy for employers and other institutions to pinpoint exactly what level of competency you have, in terms of speaking, reading, writing and listening. An English A1 Certificate is roughly equivalent to a City and Guilds Preliminary qualification, or a Foundation Tier GCSE.

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