Mediation is one of the four modes in which the CEFR model organizes communication. Learners seen as social agents engage in receptive, productive, interactive or mediation activities or, more frequently, in a combination of two or more of them. While interaction stresses the social use of language, mediation encompasses and goes beyond that by focusing on making meaning and/or enabling communication beyond linguistic or cultural barriers. Both types of mediation rely on collaborative processes.

More on the concept

 
Workshop

Action-oriented plurilingual mediation in collaborative tasks (CEFR Webinar Series 2021: Brian North)

Mediation in/for the language classroom: Learning situations and formative assessment (CEFR Online Workshop Series 2022: Adolfo Sanchez Cuadrado)

 

Documents

CEFR Companion volume - Examples of use in different domains for descriptors of mediation (Appendix 8)

 

Articles

The role of contextual factors in the implementation of mediation descriptors with higher education language learners (2022: Adolfo Sánchez Cuadrado et al.). Ch. 2 in Enriching 21st century language education: The CEFR Companion volume in practice

An action toolkit for language teacher training on mediation (2022: Inma Pedregosa, & Adolfo Sánchez Cuadrado). Ch. 13 in Enriching 21st century language education: The CEFR Companion volume in practice

CEFR mediation strategies: towards a socio-emotionally enhanced plurilingual language education (Maria Carmen Fonseca-Mora & Maria Gonzalez Davies ). Ch. 3 in Enriching 21st century language education: The CEFR Companion volume in practice

The sixth sense for literature. a new pluricultural approach to literary texts as mediation and reaction to literature according to the new descriptors of the cefr companion volume (Elena Nuvoloni & Silvia Zanetti). Ch. 7 in Enriching 21st century language education: The CEFR Companion volume in practice

Promoting and assessing the appreciation of literature at secondary school (2022: Nadia Prioni). Ch. 8 in Enriching 21st century language education: The CEFR Companion volume in practice

Application of Companion Volume descriptors in clil settings (2022: Emma Abbate). Ch. 10 in Enriching 21st century language education: The CEFR Companion volume in practice

Representations of mediation in foreign language education: an explorative case-study with different stakeholders in Hamburg (2022: Silvia Melo-Pfeifer & Christian Helmchen). Ch. 14 in Enriching 21st century language education: The CEFR Companion volume in practice

Essential needs for the development of university students’ academic mediation skills (2022: Victoria Safonova et al.). Ch. 16 in Enriching 21st century language education: The CEFR Companion volume in practice

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