The CEFR in the classroom
A comprehensive, transparent and coherent frame of reference for language learning, teaching and assessment must relate to a very general view of language use and learning.
The following tools and concrete examples of the use of the CEFR in the language policy programme and in ECML projects are intended for users in various fields.
A selection of related publications and documents is available in section Resources
Language Policy Programme: selection
Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment. A Guide for users
Council of Europe Tools for Language Teaching: Common European Framework of Reference and Portfolios
The objectives of this book are:
- to define the contributions of the Framework and the ELP to a renewal of modern language teaching;
- to demonstrate as concretely as possible how a language teacher can exploit the resources offered by these tools;
- finally, to show that these two tools do not represent a fundamental change of direction in the dynamics of language teaching over the past few years but are instead essential levers in attaining existing goals.
Reference Level Descriptions (RLD)
While the CEFR is non-language specific, RLDs enable the specification of learning objectives for national and regional languages.
See section The CEFR Levels
Examples of ECML projects addressing the CEFR
European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML)
Graz – Enlarged Partial Agreement of the Council of Europe - www.ecml.at
As part of its mission to implement language policies designed in Strasbourg, the ECML (33 member states) organises language education projects including workshops (see also section The Council of Europe and Language education).
Examples of projects concerning specifically the CEFR: