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Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and European Language Portfolio (ELP) 

With the focus on the learner, the learning process and learning outcomes, these key reference instruments of the Council of Europe have contributed to better quality language education across Europe and beyond.

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CEFR resources


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AYLITT – Assessment of young learner literacy linked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

The handbook for teachers is designed to assist in the assessment of reading and writing in the primary language classroom.

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Pathways through assessing, learning and teaching in the CEFR

"Pathways" - guide and kit - aims at supporting ownership and contextualization of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The guide provides a user-friendly tool for accessing the ‘nitty gritty’ of the CEFR. The kit assists teacher educators in devising training paths for understanding the principles of the CEFR and for envisaging links with classroom practice.

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CEF-ESTIM – Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - level estimation grid for teachers

How can teachers estimate the materials they are preparing for their language classes in relation to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages? The online CEF-ESTIM Grid provides examples and guidelines to apply to classroom activities and texts targeting the range of A2 to B2 levels.

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ReLex – Relating language examinations to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment (CEFR). Highlights from the Manual

The publication offers an introduction to linking examinations to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages in a valid way.The highlights are targeted at producers of language examinations, who are less familiar with psychometric procedures and who are not (yet) assessment experts.The texts in the publication originate from the "Manual for linking examinations to the CEFR" (a publication of the Language Policy Division of the Council of Europe).

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ELP resources

The ECML hosts a dedicated website for the ELP to promote the pedagogical benefits of this instrument and to facilitate its use in practice. 


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ELP-TT – Preparing teachers to use the European Language Portfolio - arguments, materials and resources

Training teachers to use the European Language Portfolio – A book with CD, plus a website. There is detailed background information about the European Language Portfolio and underlying pedagogic concepts, claiming that they prompt radical socio-linguistic changes in the approach to teaching and training. There is guidance on how to set up portfolio projects and use ELP's most profitably in the classroom. The CD-ROM has PowerPoint presentations to be used in a common core of teacher training on the ELP.

Available in English and French.

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Bergen 'Can Do' project

This book presents an account of the work of the Bergen 'Can Do ' project,which grew from a local project in a Norwegian county to a Nordic-Baltic one, as part of the ECML 's medium-term programme of activities, 2000-2003.The aim of the project was to adapt and supplement the 'typical ' components of a European Language Portfolio (ELP), developing material which would reflect the world of secondary school learners,building on what they tell us they can and do 'do ' in their foreign and second languages.

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Impel – ELP implementation support

Impel – ELP implementation support consists of a leaflet and a data base designed to gather information about different ways of putting European Language Portfolios into practice. On the website there are case studies of both national and school level implementations.

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