What is CEF-ESTIM about?

  • The CEF-ESTIM grid aims to help teachers link their class activities to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) levels. It is an offspring of the DUTCH CEFR Grid project led by Charles Alderson (Lancaster University) and financed by the Dutch government in 2003-2004. The outcome of this former project, apart from publication, is an on-line tool in two skills, oral and written comprehension, to help testers and exam makers link their tests to the CEFR levels. For further details see The Dutch CEFR Grid Reading/Listening
  • The CEF-ESTIM Grid is designed like a flower composed of three petals: text, activities, competences. At the heart of the flower you will find overall task particulars and details on the sociocultural context (school, pupils, etc.) You will also be provided with samples and a glossary.
  • We strongly hope the CEF-ESTIM Grid will help you target your work according to the levels of the CEFR, keeping in mind that the notion of level is flexible. Within a text or within activities several levels may be encountered. The issue is less to pinpoint a level than to give a probable range of levels. Thus, we will eventually retain the philosophy of the Framework rather than narrowing its scope.

What is it for?

  • The CEF-ESTIM Grid will help you empirically estimate the level of a text; a set of activities (reception, production, interaction and mediation); competences involved (linguistic, sociolinguistic, pragmatic); or the overall task (by combining the different levels) in the ordinary context of your teaching practices.
  • The CEF-ESTIM Grid can be used in a very flexible way according to your needs and you are free to use the relevant parts only.
  • It will enable you to create archives of your class materials, thus making it easier for a team of school teachers to create a bank of activities linked to the CEFR levels through a qualitative validation procedure.

Who is it for?

  • The CEF-ESTIM Grid is for everybody: originally designed for teachers working at secondary school level, it provides samples at A2, B1 and B2 levels. However, users at other levels may also benefit from it.
  • Of course, teacher trainers and disseminators are favourite potential users.

How to use it?

  • Prepare a class material to estimate
  • Click on Enter the Grid.
  • Download the powerpoint file on your computer.
  • Click on the word « Task » at the heart of the flower and fill in the first two boxes.
  • Go back to the previous slide.
  • Click on the different petals according to your needs (text, activities, competences) and fill in the relevant parts.
  • Go back to the heart of the flower « Task » and fill in the third box by taking into account all the previous estimates.
  • Save it on your computer.
  • Optional: Share it with others and create a class activity bank for your school.


  1. Sample one
  2. Sample two - Audio file
  3. Sample three

 details on the training kit


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