Memoir vs. autobiography examples-CEFR

know the difference between memoir and autobiography? Check out this handy breakdown of their similarities and differences.

The CEFR categorises language proficiency into six levels, A1–C2, which can be further subdivided based on the needs of the local context. Levels are defined by 'can-do' descriptors. The levels did not appear out of nowhere in 2001, but rather evolved over time, as described below.

Memoir vs Autobiography-

A memoir is a non-fictional narrative written in the first person about a specific time or theme that happened in the author’s life whereas an autobiography factual and non-fictional account majorly about the things that happened in the author’s life written in a documented form.

  1. Memoir- A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius written by Dave Eggers.

The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother written by James McBride

The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts written by Maxine Hong Kingston

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

  1. Autobiography- Baburnama written by Babur.

Autobiography of a Yogi written by Paramahansa Yogananda

Autobiography of Mark Twain written by Mark Twain

Living for Change: An Autobiography written by Grace Lee Boggs


Based on these accomplishments, the CEFR has developed a description of the process of mastering an unknown language by type of competence and sub-competence, using descriptors for each competence or sub-competence, which we will not go into further detail here. These descriptors were developed without regard for any particular language, ensuring their relevance and universal applicability. The descriptors describe each skill's progressive mastery, which is graded on a six-level scale (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2).