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The updated CEFR website – Key concepts and ideas for implementation: videos, workshop materials, documents, articles, …

The tenth workshop of the CEFR Online Workshop Series initiated in 2022, and first in 2023, was entitled "The updated CEFR website – Key concepts and ideas for implementation: Videos, workshop materials, documents, articles, …". It took place on Thursday, 2 February 2023 from 16.00 until 18.30 CET.

The workshop introduced the CEFR website ( redesigned in November-December 2022 to focus on the key aspects of the CEFR vision, the descriptors, and ideas for the implementation, in addition to the information about the CEFR Framework that had been previously available on the site. Participants took part in a quiz in breakout rooms and the workshop concluded with a discussion on the CEFR Companion Volume.

The workshop was moderated by Dr Brian NORTH. Dr North has been a researcher and consultant to the Council of Europe since 1991 and is a former chair of Eaquals. After developing the CEFR levels and descriptors in his PhD in a Swiss National Science Foundation project, he co-authored the CEFR itself, the prototype European Language Portfolio, the manual for relating assessments to the CEFR, Eaquals’ CEFR core inventories (English and French) and the CEFR Companion Volume. Other CEFR-related projects include investigation of CEFR use in Canada and Switzerland, alignment of the Canadian Language Benchmarks to the CEFR and the ECML’s CEFR QualiMatrix. Publications include: Development of a Common Framework Scale of Language Proficiency (2000: Peter Lang); The CEFR in Practice (2014: Cambridge); Language Course Planning (with M. Angelova, E. Jarosz & R. Rossner: 2018: Oxford), and The Action-oriented Approach (with E. Piccardo, 2019: Multilingual Matters).

The working language of the workshop was English.

Download Handout 1: Overview.

Download Handout 2: Quiz.

Download Handout 3: Answers.

Watch the Presentation.

Watch the Quiz&Answers.

Watch the Discussion.

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment – Companion volume broadens the scope of language education, reflecting academic and societal developments since the CEFR publication in 2001. It presents the key aspects of the CEFR for teaching and learning in a user-friendly form and contains the complete set of extended CEFR descriptors, replacing the 2001 set. These now include descriptors for mediation, online interaction, plurilingual/pluricultural competence, and sign language competences. The illustrative descriptors have been adapted with modality-inclusive formulations for sign languages and all descriptors are now gender-neutral.

This publication marks a crucial step in the Council of Europe’s engagement with language education, which seeks to protect linguistic and cultural diversity, promote plurilingual and intercultural education, reinforce the right to quality education for all, and enhance intercultural dialogue, social inclusion and democracy.

The new version updates and extends the CEFR 2001, which was designed to provide a transparent, coherent and comprehensive basis for the elaboration of language syllabuses and curriculum guidelines, the design of teaching and learning materials, and the assessment of foreign language proficiency.

The CEFR online :

CEFR - Companion volume (2020)

CEFR Descriptors (Searchable)

French version (Version français)

Arabic version (النسخة العربية)

Basque version (Euskarazko bertsioa)

Italian version (Versione italiana)

Spanish version (Versión en español)

Turkish version (Türkçe versiyonu)

CEFR (2001)

Language Policy Portal