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Listen and Read to Achieve: Language flagship study, ACTFL

Listen and Read to Achieve: Language flagship study, ACTFL | TELT | Scoop.it
A total of 22 universities participated in the study, and 3,000 Listening and 3,300 Reading Proficiency Tests were administered. Approximately 50% were Spanish, 25% were French, and 10% were German tests. The remaining 15% consisted of Russian, Italian, Japanese, and Portuguese.

One of the most encouraging findings was the fact that graduating seniors were, on average, advanced in reading in Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, and German. The study, therefore, provides evidence that professional (advanced) competences are commonly acquired in reading, even as early as the third year, in the most commonly taught languages. For a profession that has gotten used to accepting the fact that in speaking, intermediate mid seems to be the threshold that is all but impossible to get beyond without a significant period abroad, this is good news indeed.


Listening proficiency, however, seems to be a different matter. For languages like Spanish and German, and even Russian, the mean difference in proficiency level is one sublevel lower than for reading. The mean in Spanish, for example, is intermediate low in reading and novice high in listening at the end of the second-year sequence. For languages like French and Portuguese, languages where the spoken language is very different from the written one, the difference is even larger, i.e., close to two sublevels.

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Listening and reading benchmark study to be published December 2015

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3rd International Conference on Second Language Pedagogies: Improving Learners' Proficiency and Accuracy

Dates: February 1-2, 2014
Conference location: University of Toronto Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Official conference languages: English and French

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Tom Cobb
Département de didactiques des langues, Université du Québec à Montréal

Professor Larry Vandergrift
Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, University of Ottawa

Over the past decades, major shifts in second language learning and teaching emphasize learner-centered communicative methods in language classes. The 3rd International Conference on Second Language Pedagogies will explore innovative and effective didactic strategies and theories that aim to improve second language learners' proficiency and accuracy in current post-secondary educational settings.

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Introductory guide to CEFR for English language teachers: Cambridge University Press

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10-page PDF on the CER - short and to the point.

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English Profile - Text inspector

Welcome to English Profile -- setting industry standards for English language learners. Linked to the Common European Framework for Reference for Languages (CEFR), English Profile will provide a detailed set of Reference Level Descriptions for English language learners.
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Paste in texts up to 500 words, get CER level classification.  500 word limit.

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abinaya's curator insight, September 16, 2015 9:44 AM

I find the text inspector very useful, but it is not clearly saying the level of the text. So I would like to know which indicator is teeling the exact over all level of a text, ...http://goo.gl/DB4x1O

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CEF grid for teachers

CEF grid for teachers | TELT | Scoop.it
European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML), Centre européen pour les langues vivantes (CELV)
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Help for estimating the CER level of teaching materials.  PDF free to download once registered with ECML.

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