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 [...]

Gender diversity in English teaching

Including topics related to the LGBTQIAP+ world in classes is a way to promote respect for each person's sexual orientation and gender identity

School Materials Guide – first years of secondary education

The School Materials Guide addresses the importance of teaching materials in the teaching and learning of the target language, and supports readers in the production, choice, and use of English schools materials, based on the alignment with the BNCC (Base Nacional Comum Curricular) and on the dialogue with the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference […]

Observatory promotes webinar ‘Race, Gender and English Teaching in Brazil’ on June 10th

The Observatory for English Language Teaching promotes, on June 10th, at 5 pm, the webinar “Race, Gender and the Teaching of English in Brazil: for a more inclusive teacher education”. At the online event, which will be in Portuguese, we will present how issues of race and gender manifest themselves in English language teaching. It […]

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