The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages in higer education
The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages in higher education
This talk will introduce the CEFR’s action-oriented approach to the description of L2 proficiency; explain the relevance of its descriptive scheme and proficiency levels to language teaching and learning at university; and show how it can be used to bring curricula, teaching/learning and assessment into constructive alignment with one another.
David Little retired in 2008 as Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and Head of the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences at Trinity College Dublin. His principal research interests are the theory and practice of learner autonomy in second language education, the exploitation of linguistic diversity in schools and classrooms, and the use of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages to support the design of second language curricula, teaching and assessment. He wrote one of the preliminary studies for the CEFR, played a leading role in the development and implementation of the European Language Portfolio, and remains a member of several Council of Europe expert groups.
The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages at the Language Centre of the University of Groningen
After introducing the Language Centre, I will use my talk to discuss the role the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages plays at the Language Centre in the Dutch courses, the teaching materials and more specifically in the assessment with regard to admission to the University.
Berna De Boer studied Applied Linguistics at the University of Groningen. She has been teaching Dutch as a second language since 1986, and has been head of the Dutch section of the Language Centre of the University of Groningen for over 25 years. Her responsibilities include initiating and setting up new courses, supervising new teachers and implementing new developments. She is also co-author of a number of teaching tools. The CEFR has played a leading role in our courses and teaching tools since 2004.