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CEFR-QualiMatrix:
A quality assurance matrix for CEFR use


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CEFR QualiMatrix
CEFR
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PROMISING PRACTICES

Promising practices

The promising practices below comprise examples of implementing the CEFR in different educational contexts which may help you in implementing your own project. The practices responds to the following questions: What are the most important aspects to bear in mind in the innovation process? What has been found to work well? How can more interest be generated in the CEFR? What are the common pitfalls to be avoided?
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Curriculum for a national language – undergraduate level

Development and implementation of a CEFR-based syllabus for Irish at undergraduate level.


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Theme(s): Comprehensive alignment Curriculum

Principle(s): Relevance Validity Coherence Sustainability

An Integrated Foreign Languages Curriculum (IFLC)

IFLC CEFR-aligned can-do statements are backed up with linguistic data (performance at each level); linked to new KPG national examination.


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Theme(s): Comprehensive alignment Curriculum Materials

Principle(s): Validity Transparency Coherence

National curriculum language proficiency scale

New national curriculum with integrated skills (moving beyond the old ‘four skills’): interaction skills, interpretation skills, text production skills.


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Theme(s): Curriculum

Principle(s): Relevance Validity Coherence Sustainability

Objectives and scenario-based task/projects

CEFR-based curriculum implementation and assessment for an intensive language learning stay.


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Theme(s): Comprehensive alignment Curriculum Teaching/Teacher Education Assessment

Principle(s): Transparency Coherence Inclusiveness Sustainability

Eaquals CEFR certificate scheme

CEFR Certificate Scheme – to certificate CEFR level reached in a CEFR-based curriculum.


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Theme(s): Comprehensive alignment Curriculum Teaching/Teacher Education Assessment

Principle(s): Validity Transparency Coherence Sustainability

A ‘can do’-based curriculum with 18 sublevels

CEFR curriculum and assessment based on CEFR descriptors and coursebooks.


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Theme(s): Comprehensive alignment Curriculum Teaching/Teacher Education Assessment

Principle(s): Relevance Validity Transparency Coherence Inclusiveness Sustainability

Scenario-based framework for adult migrants – FIDE

Fide is the Swiss ‘can do’-based national language programme for migrants, with a QA scheme, Portfolio approach as an alternative to standardized tests.


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Theme(s): Comprehensive alignment Curriculum Teaching/Teacher Education Assessment

Principle(s): Relevance Validity Transparency Coherence Inclusiveness Sustainability

Curriculum renewal – undergraduate level

Curriculum renewal with CEFR-informed lesson handouts and materials, in-class assessments and tests.


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Theme(s): Comprehensive alignment Curriculum Assessment

Principle(s): Relevance Transparency Coherence

CEFR-based curriculum modules

CEFR-based module descriptors, outcomes and assessment components.


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Theme(s): Curriculum

Principle(s): Relevance Transparency Coherence

‘Can Do’ framework guiding teacher assessment

CEFR-based ‘can do’ curriculum framework in a large institution to meet the challenge of maintaining pedagogic consistency.


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Theme(s): Comprehensive alignment Curriculum Teaching/Teacher Education Assessment

Principle(s): Relevance Transparency Coherence Inclusiveness

Classroom learning cycles with can-do descriptors

CEFR descriptors used to create learning cycles with clear aims and assessment, criteria.


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Theme(s): Curriculum Teaching/Teacher Education Assessment

Principle(s): Relevance Validity Transparency Coherence Inclusiveness Sustainability

CEFR-based textbook

English integrated skills textbook for higher education context in Japan.


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Theme(s): Curriculum Materials Teaching/Teacher Education

Principle(s): Relevance Validity Transparency Coherence Inclusiveness Sustainability

Integrating mediation and online interaction into a CEFR-based curriculum

New scales for mediation, online interaction and plurilingual/pluricultural used to update learning aims and develop modules for ‘ 21st-century communication skills’.


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Theme(s): Curriculum Teaching/Teacher Education Assessment

Principle(s): Relevance Validity Transparency Coherence Inclusiveness Sustainability

Raising learners awareness of their CEFR proficiency profile before a language stay abroad

Systematic learner awareness-raising in the concepts of levels and profiles across different skills, self-assessment, the European Language Portfolio and “Europass".


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Theme(s): Assessment

Principle(s): Relevance Validity Transparency Coherence Inclusiveness Sustainability

Classroom motivation and learning to learn in upper secondary

Students choose their own levels and, with the guidance of the teacher, personalize their learning with an online platform.


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Theme(s): Teaching/Teacher Education Assessment

Principle(s): Relevance Inclusiveness Sustainability

Receptive strategy training

Plurilingual reception strategy training for French in lower secondary school.


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Theme(s): Teaching/Teacher Education

Principle(s): Relevance Validity Inclusiveness Sustainability

LINguistic and Cultural DIversity REinvented (LINCDIRE): Integrating western and indigenous perspectives to redefine language education practices

Online scenario-based task/projects plus descriptor checklists and online portfolio to promote plurilingual approaches.


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Theme(s): Curriculum Materials Teaching/Teacher Education Assessment

Principle(s): Relevance Validity Transparency Inclusiveness

Supporting secondary school implementation

National cooperation to implement the CEFR in Dutch secondary schools by providing common materials.


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Theme(s): Materials Teaching/Teacher Education

Principle(s): Transparency Inclusiveness Sustainability

CEFR-based toolkit for end of primary and lower secondary – Lingualevel

CEFR-based descriptor checklists, assessment tasks and criteria grids with calibrated, documented performance samples.


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Theme(s): Curriculum Materials Teaching/Teacher Education Assessment

Principle(s): Relevance Validity Transparency Coherence Inclusiveness Sustainability

Web resources to support a transformation in teaching: Transforming FSL

Websites with videos etc. of CEFR-related classroom tasks, assessed performances, explanations, etc.


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Theme(s): Comprehensive alignment Curriculum Teaching/Teacher Education Assessment

Principle(s): Relevance Transparency Coherence Inclusiveness Sustainability

Plurilingual Portfolio implementation – MAGICC project and ELP

MAGICC (EU Lifelong Learning Programme) materials for online or face-to-face use that describe, develop, assess and document plurilingual, pluricultural competence.


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Theme(s): Curriculum Teaching/Teacher Education Assessment

Principle(s): Relevance Validity Transparency Coherence Inclusiveness Sustainability

English for integration – EAL Framework

Alignment of curriculum, teaching, assessment and teacher education, plus definition of when learners are ready to be included in standardized tests.


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Theme(s): Comprehensive alignment Curriculum Assessment

Principle(s): Relevance Transparency Coherence Inclusiveness Sustainability

Reforming teaching practice through institutionalizing the DELF

The DELF as school-leaving exam as a catalyst for CEFR implementation, reform of classroom teaching, and increase student motivation.


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Theme(s): Comprehensive alignment Curriculum Teaching/Teacher Education Assessment

Principle(s): Relevance Validity Transparency Sustainability

Alternative assessment of speaking at secondary level – LUKAS project

Digital assessment of speaking in Upper Secondary School.


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Theme(s): Teaching/Teacher Education Assessment

Principle(s): Coherence Inclusiveness

Textbooks for a national language

Series of coursebooks from the Japan Foundation entitled Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture.


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Theme(s): Materials

Principle(s): Transparency Coherence

Classroom assessment in small groups

Assessment of CEFR level of learners working on communicative tasks with defined criteria related to CEFR descriptors.


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Theme(s): Teaching/Teacher Education Assessment

Principle(s): Validity Transparency Sustainability

Plurilingual oral exam with L2 & L3

Mediation tasks in a certification of oral plurilingual competences in a leaving school-leaving examination (upper secondary vocational).


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Theme(s): Assessment

Principle(s): Relevance Validity Transparency Coherence Inclusiveness Sustainability

Tests for a national language – TEG project – ALTE Q mark

Syllabuses, sample teaching materials, and samples exams for A1-C1 for Irish.


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Theme(s): Assessment

Principle(s): Relevance Validity Coherence Sustainability

Standardized Secondary school-leaving exam (Matura)

Examination for CEFR curriculum – following EALTA guidelines and the CEFR Manual.


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Theme(s): Comprehensive alignment Curriculum Teaching/Teacher Education Assessment

Principle(s): Validity Transparency

Academic writing and speaking – ELTT initiative

Certification of English academic writing and speaking proficiency at the end of BA programmes.


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Theme(s): Assessment

Principle(s): Validity Transparency Coherence

Bi-level school-leaving examination

New national, B1/B2 English examination linked to the CEFR with the Manual.


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Theme(s): Assessment

Principle(s): Validity Transparency Coherence

Tests for a national language – ALTE Q-mark

Audit process for the Innove Foundation's language tests for the Estonian language (ALTE Q-mark).

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Theme(s): Assessment

Principle(s): Validity Transparency Coherence

The Integrated Plurilingual Approach (IPA): A Case Study in Barcelona

Classroom implementation of a plurilingual task – student focus groups – primary and secondary
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Theme(s): Teaching/Teacher Education

Principle(s): Relevance Validity Transparency Inclusiveness Sustainability

Intégrer de manière cohérente l’enseignement-apprentissage de la prononciation dans la formation initiale des enseignants de Français Langue Étrangère

Integrating training on phonology into initial teacher education
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Theme(s): Curriculum Materials Teaching/Teacher Education

Principle(s): Relevance Validity Coherence Sustainability

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