The CEFR: over-utilised or under-utilised?


Stuart Shaw (Cambridge International Examinations)
Helen Imam (Cambridge International Examinations)

Date: 20 Nov 2013 Venue: Cambridge Assessment 9 Hills Road Cambridge England CB2 1PB
Type: Seminar Fee: Free to attend

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is a Council of Europe framework that provides a basis for the mutual recognition of foreign language qualifications. It enables awarding bodies to define and articulate foreign language proficiency levels and stakeholders to interpret language qualifications. However, there is no widely recognised language scale which allows stakeholders to adequately identify language levels and skills of non-foreign language qualifications, or to identify the academic language levels and skills needed to access school content subjects such as science and humanities subjects.

During this seminar, Stuart Shaw and Helen Imam of Cambridge International Examinations reflected on the use of the CEFR beyond its original purpose; they exposed aspects of the CEFR that are applicable to academic language in general, and identified gaps which point to the need for further research and development.

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