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 [...]

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 [...]

The relationship between school and students in the covid-19 pandemic

Research reveals the technological and pedagogical challenges imposed by the replacement of face to face classes by remote activities

Resources for English for Academic Purposes

The e-book "Resources for Training English Teachers for Academic Purposes", written by teachers and doctors Marília Mendes Ferreira and Carolle MacDiarmid, is the result of a collaborative project between the University of São Paulo and the University of Glasgow. The initiative was part of the UK-Brazil Collaboration Call in English, a call to support applied research in English conducted by the British Council between 2018-2019. Divided into two parts, the book presents a summary of the [...]

Language assessment literacy for learning-oriented language assessment

This paper reflects on the findings of a small-scale and exploratory study which attempted to explore whether and how learning-oriented assessment opportunities might be revealed in, or inserted into formal speaking tests, order to provide language assessment literacy opportunities for language teachers teaching in test preparation courses as well as teachers training to become speaking test raters. Hamp-Lyons and Green (2014) closely studied a set of authentic speaking test video samples [...]

Cascading training down into the classroom: The need for parallel planning

Cascade models of in-service training are widely considered to be a cost effective means of introducing educational change to large numbers of teachers. Data from 511 teachers completing a cascade training programme that introduced current ideas about and procedures for teaching English to young learners, suggests that the factors determining whether cascade training aims actually reach the classroom are complex. The paper considers implications for cascade project planning, suggesting it [...]

Decoloniality at school, from the perspective of school leaders

English language teacher, who worked in teacher training, and library manager, who gave a new role to the library space, share their experiences