Abstract

This project aims at disseminating the CEF level estimation grid known as the Dutch CEFR Grid among foreign language teachers in Europe.
The Dutch CEFR project was led by Charles Alderson (Lancaster University) and financed by the Dutch government. The outcome of the project, apart from publications in magazines, was an online tool in two skills: oral and written comprehension, meant for testers and exam-makers. Users are also provided with a training module.
The new project assumes that other users as teacher trainers and teachers could benefit from the Dutch Grid in an adapted version. The CEF-ESTIM Grid could be used more generally, either to estimate the level of a text or the level of a task or of the combination of the two, in the ordinary context of teaching practices.
 
In Phase 1 (2008) the project will aim at adapting the Dutch Grid through expert group work and experiencing the CEF-ESTIM grid in a workshop. It will include familiarisation with the CEFR descriptors and parameters referred to in the Grid and application of the dimensions to texts and recordings. The workshop participants will be asked to bring materials for estimation.
 
Phase 2 (2009) will consist in producing a training kit to use the CEF-ESTIM grid including sample material (recordings and texts). The expert group will also provide a Final report on recommendations and strategies for further dissemination.
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