Two main frameworks/guidelines: The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) (used in Europe and other continents) and the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines/ILR SKill Level Descriptions (created by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). Both describe what individuals can do with language in terms of skills and competencies. For a detailed comparison chart, please click here.
TLC group classes focus on listening and conversation skills from day one. They meet for two hours per week for nine weeks, so each level corresponds to 18 contact hours. Instructors will also provide study materials and resources for out-of-class study, but the amount of time individuals spend with those materials/resources will vary according to their needs/goals.
To reach the level of intermediate low, the approximate numbers of contact hours necessary are:
Group 1 Languages at TLC (French, Italian, Portugues, Spanish) @ 240 hours
Group 2 Languages at TLC (German & Hindi) @ 480 hours
Group 3 Languages at TLC (Russian) @ 480 – 720 hours
Group 4 Languages at TLC (Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean) @ 720 hours