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Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learni

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Elana Salomon

on 19 December 2013

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A journey through the CEFR:
The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

What is the CEFR?
a common reference developed by The Council of Europe, published in 2001
a detailed description of language learner level by skill
NOT a prescriptive methodology
language neutral - can be used for any language in the world

What are the levels?
The CEFR has three broad bands – A, B and C.
Basic (beginner)
Independent (intermediate)
Proficient (advanced)

Who uses the CEFR?
school directors
syllabus designers
teacher trainers
assessment developers
proficient learners
employers & corporate training departments
Each band is divided into two, creating six main levels.
The Global Scale
Descriptive Scales
Understanding (Listening & Reading)
(Spoken Interaction & Spoken Production)
Why do we need it?
Creates reliability, transparency & coherence
Establishes a shared understanding of language levels
What do the levels describe?
communicative strategies
communicative language competencies
communicative activities
The descriptors are useful for self-assessment, designing coursebooks & curricula and defining the content of levels based on the Global Scale
1) ALTE ‘Can Do’ statements
established a framework of ‘key levels’ of language performance, within which exams can be objectively described.
400 statements
three general areas: Social & Tourist, Work, and Study
Exams & The CEFR
Progressing through the levels
ALTE (Association of Language Testers in Europe) estimated the approximate number of guided teaching hour required to fulfill the aims of each level:
A1:≈ 90-100
A2: 180-200
B1: 350-400
B2: 500-600
C1: 700-800
C2: 1000-1200

What are some
other factors?
Core Inventory
published by EAQUALS & the British Council in 2010
represents the core of general English to be taught at CEFR levels A1 to C1 for 16+ learners
"mirror' - teacher surveys, textbooks and
teaching centers
lists grammar,
markers and
facilitates course,
syllabus & lesson
English Profile
collaborative research program working to provide a detailed set of Reference Level Descriptions for English.
descriptions of the grammar, vocabulary and functions required at each level
English Vocabulary Profile
tells teachers which words and phrases learners typically know and can use
at each level of the CEFR
based on the CLC (Cambridge
Learner Corpus)
Thank you!
Where is the CEFR used?
2) DIALANG Language Assessment System
intended for language learners who want to obtain diagnostic information about their proficiency according to CEFR
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