Charles Alderson (1)

The role and uses in assessment of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and some of its current limitations


The Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) has had considerable impact on language education in Europe and beyond. It contains a wide-ranging account of aspects of language, language learning and teaching, and assessment, from a social and action-oriented perspective. Particularly influential has been the development of a six-level framework  of second and foreign language proficiency (A1 to C2) and a set of scales which describe these levels in a wide range of macro and micro language skills.  In this presentation, I will describe how the CEFR has been used in a variety of contexts; I will discuss some of the advantages of such a framework, and also describe some of the limitations of the CEFR in its current form. I shall end with proposals for its further development and improvement.