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New video marks 10th anniversary of European language ability standard

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A new video to mark the 10th anniversary of the publication of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is now available. The interview with John Trim – one of the CEFR’s authors – and Dr Nick Saville from the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL) was recorded in May 2011 in Cambridge, close to where John Trim now lives. Cambridge’s Dr Nick Saville says:

“John Trim’s work has provided a greater understanding of the scope of the CEFR and how it should be used wisely. The framework has come a long way in the last 10 years and it is still evolving. It plays an important role in setting language education policy but it’s essential that is fully understood and used in the correct way.”

Dr Nick Saville’s team in Cambridge is heavily involved in ongoing research into the CEFR in English. He explains:

“Through the English Profile Project we’re developing a series of Reference Level Descriptors which are a way of clearly describing what a learner of English can be expected know at each level of the CEFR. The results of this will be invaluable to the organisations who rely on the framework for high-stakes decisions.”

The video covers the historical developments of the common framework dating back to the 1970s and puts on record some of John Trim’s thoughts on the CEFR as an evolving framework.

Watch the video here:

Written by Cambridge English Southern Europe

January 25, 2012 at 10:58 am

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