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Innovative methodologies and assessment in language learning

A Cooperation agreement between the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe and the DG Education and Culture of the European Commission.


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Dec 2016
"Supporting multilingual classrooms"
Network meeting
Venue: ECML, Graz, Austria
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Dec 2016
Ensuring quality in language testing and assessment: the contribution of the CEFR
ECML COLLOQUIUM
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Dec 2016
Annual meeting of the ECML’s Professional Network Forum
Venue: Graz, Austria
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Jan 2017
"Towards a Common European Framework of Reference for language teachers"
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Feb 2017 "Action research communities for language teachers"
Expert Meeting
Venue: ECML, Graz, Austria
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Book of the month

SIGN LANGUAGES AND THE COMMON EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK OF REFERENCE FOR LANGUAGES (CEFR) – DESCRIPTORS AND APPROACHES TO ASSESSMENT

This resource establishes European standards for sign languages for professional purposes in line with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and provides an overview of assessment descriptors and approaches. The website contains definitions of CEFR proficiency levels for sign languages, videos in International sign and links to related projects and activities, an assessment cycle for language proficiency in sign languages, ideas for making good use of the CEFR, as well as a glossary.

Target users: teachers and teacher trainers, curriculum developers in tertiary educational environments, university level educators and international NGOs.

Authors: Lorraine Leeson, Tobias Haug, Christian Rathmann, Beppie van den Bogaerde.
In cooperation with Moscow State Linguistic University

Language versions:

  • Publication: English, Czech and German
  • Website: English and International sign language

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To support the work of the ECML, the host country has established the Austrian Association of the ECML, which operates as the interface between the Council of Europe and the Austrian authorities.

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