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Evaluation and assessment

Evaluation is concerned both with assessing the learner’s language competences and with supporting learning processes through feedback and self-assessment. ECML materials in this area draw largely on the implementation of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and on the European Language Portfolio.

Resources of the ECML

CEFR-related


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Sign languages and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. 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.

Available in English, Czech, Estonian, German, Icelandic, Slovenian and in sign language

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Language skills for successful subject learning. CEFR-linked descriptors for mathematics and history/civics (Language Descriptors)
These resources highlight challenges for young learners in subject classes where the language of instruction is not their first language. The focus is on minimum language standards in history/civics and mathematics for learners aged 12/13 and 15/16. The language descriptors are linked to CEFR levels A2, B1 and B2 and available in six languages.

Available in English and French

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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).

Available in English and French.

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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.

Available in English.

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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.

Available in English and French.

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GULT – Guidelines for task-based university language testing

The publication explains how languages for specific purposes (LSP) can be tested in the university context using a task-based approach. It shows how such an approach to language testing can be used in various settings and how task-based language tests are devised and administered.

Available in English and French.

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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.

Available in English.

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ELP-related


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The European Language Portfolio - A guide to the planning, implementation and evaluation of whole-school projects

The guide explains how to use the European Language Portfolio to support the learning and teaching of all foreign languages at all levels in a school. Case studies carried out in ten countries illustrate different approaches to ELP use.

Available in English, French and Slovak.

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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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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.

Available in English.

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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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Other Council of Europe resources

The Council of Europe website dedicated to the CEFR provides a range of resources. These include:

The Council of Europe website dedicated to the European Language Portfolio provides background information on developing and using the ELP.

Both the CEFR and the ELP are explained in Council of Europe Tools for Language Teaching – Common European Framework and Portfolios.