Types of symbolism-CEFR

Levels are defined by 'can-do' descriptors.

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

  • Colour symbolism- Just about every color humans can see has some kind of emotional or psychological association. For example, red is often associated with anger and passion, while blue is often associated with calmness. Authors often rely on color psychology in their work, symbolizing different character traits, feelings, settings, or foreshadowing events to come through color imagery.

  • Animal symbolism- Certain animals are taken into consideration symbolic, which include a dove symbolizing peace or a rat symbolizing disease. Whether a species merits positive cultural institutions or not, that affiliation may be an effective symbolic tool. You may encounter lion imagery to indicate royalty or snake imagery to indicate deceptiveness. For example-butterfly symbolises transformation and lion symbolises strength and royalty.


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). For further information you can visit SpeakoClub and improve your knowledge about CEFR.