Language Learning at CML
All CML courses are classified as GER-Unrestricted Electives and they each carry 3 AUs. CML classes focus on teaching the four basic skills; reading, writing, listening, and speaking. All our language modules are conducted in tutorials with continuous assessment. Students will therefore be assessed during the entire 12 teaching weeks through tests, quizzes, listening comprehensions, oral tests and classroom activities. Our classes start in Week 2 of every semester. All Levels 1 and 2 offer 3 classroom hours per week and 12 hours per semester online, while that of Levels 3 and above are of 4 classroom hours per week.
CEFR at CML
When learning a language, it is important that students have a clear understanding of their current level and relevant learning goals. The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEFR, is a standard way of describing language proficiency so people across the world would have a common way of indicating someone's language level. It has become the standard throughout Europe, and it is now widely used across the globe as a universal system for assessing language proficiency. All language courses at CML relate to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Matching CML language courses to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
By the end of a:
- level 1 course at the CML, students will have completed CEFR A1.1 level.
- level 2 course at the CML, students will have completed CEFR A1.2 or A1.
- level 3 course at the CML, students will have completed either CEFR A2.1 or A2.
- level 4 course at the CML, students will have completed either CEFR A2 or A2+ or B1.1.
- level 5 course at the CML, students will have completed either CEFR B1.1 or B1.
- level 6 course at the CML, students will have completed either CEFR B1 or B1+ or B2.1
* CEFR levels are usually split into two parts, e.g. A1 is a combination of A1.1 and A1.2
** A2+ and B1+ are bridging contents in which students have completed the lower levels and are starting to learn contents from higher levels.
CML Level one courses are strictly for students with no prior knowledge of the language.
Students with some prior knowledge need to sit for a placement test.
For Chinese language classes please refer to the Chinese Programme.