Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: learning, teaching, assessment – Companion volume with new descriptors

This companion volume to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment (CEFR) represents another step in a process that has been pursued by the Council of Europe since 1971 and owes much to the contributions of members of the language teaching profession across Europe and beyond. In order to ensure complete coherence and continuity with the existing CEFR scales, the Council of Europe asked the Eurocentres Foundation to take once again the [...]

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: learning, teaching, assessment

The Common European Framework provides a common basis for the elaboration of language syllabuses, curriculum guidelines, examinations, textbooks, etc. It describes in a comprehensive way what language learners have to learn in order to use a language for communication and what knowledge and skills they have to develop so as to be able to act effectively. The description also covers the cultural context in which language is set. The Framework also defines levels of proficiency which allow [...]

Assessment of young English language learners in the first year of elementary school: preliminaries issues

The article discusses the assessment practices in the teaching of English as a foreign language in the first year of elementary public school, and it reports on the conceptions of learning assessment. The reflections presented here are from a qualitative document study, that aims to see which objectives andfunctions the assessment practices assume in this teaching context. For this, interviews were conducted with 14 teachers and three official documents that guide education [...]

Suggestions for pedagogical actions in the context of the covid-19 pandemic

The Xperience Nova Escola collection is a series of textbooks for the final years of Elementary School (6th to 9th grade), developed by dozens of English language teachers and specialists from all over Brazil, as part of the Skills for Prosperity programme. As Emergency Remote Learning may still be the reality of many schools in 2021, Nova Escola has prepared the guide "Suggestions for pedagogical actions in the context of the covid-19 pandemic" to help teachers use the collection in this [...]

Premier Skills English: players interviews activity

Classroom activity using interviews with football players from different backgrounds about learning and using English. Premier Skills is the British Council's international partnership with the Premier League operating in 19 countries across Asia, Africa and the Americas from Afghanistan to Zambia. Premier Skills English helps teachers and learners of English with free, compelling learning materials, drawing on football-based content from the most exciting football league in the world.

Education Exchange: Language learning in lockdown

Has lockdown affected the way you teach languages? We heard from teachers in a range of different contexts on how they’ve worked to make sure that young people can still increase their knowledge and skills, whether they are learning, in class, at home or online. In this webinar organized by the British Council, speakers from around the world talk about the topic, followed by questions from the audience. About the panel: Ruth Horsfall is the Young Learner Courses Manager for the [...]

Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. In this TED Talk video, novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. About the speaker: Inspired by Nigerian history and tragedies all but forgotten by recent generations of westerners, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novels and stories are jewels in the crown of [...]

Scope & Sequence: final years of Elementary School – English language

The Scope & Sequence describes and organizes the learning objectives, skills and knowledge to be addressed in the final years of Elementary School and in High School, as indicated by the Common National Curricular Base (BNCC), demonstrating equivalences with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) descriptors. It also presents a suggestion for a logical sequence and progression development within the same year, in the case of the final years of Elementary School, and within the [...]

Dyslexia, Bilingualism, and Learning a Second Language: dyslexia in bilinguals and second language learners

Dyslexia is the most common learning disability and has been the object of much research published in books, chapters, and articles. Unfortunately, we know much less about dyslexia in bilinguals, in second language learners, or in students schooled in a second language. The latter can be in immersion or bilingual school programs or can come from minority language groups being educated in the majority language. In this interview, Psychology Today talked to Dr. Fred Genesee, Professor [...]

Dyslexia: Language and childhood

People with dyslexia around the world reveal the challenges of growing up and working with this condition. We also hear from scientists and educators working at the cutting edge of dyslexia learning and research. Reading and writing are fundamental tools in most societies, necessary for even the most basic of tasks. For the person with dyslexia this can cause an agonising disjuncture from an early age. Many dyslexic people will recall the difficulties of decoding words, the horror of the [...]

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