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Welcome to the Homepage of JALT CEFR & LP SIG

with the theme CEFR in Japan and beyond!

This homepage provides information on the use of

the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) (Council of Europe’s (COE), 2001),

the CEFR Companion Volume (CEFR/CV; COE, 2018)

and the European Language Portfolio (ELP)

and its use in Japan and beyond in the field of foreign language education. We aim to connect to practitioners in foreign language teaching in Japan, Asia and worldwide. The information provided here is from practitioners / researchers to practicioners / researchers sharing and exchanging results on the CEFR, related tools and the huge impact on the foreign language teaching world wide.

JALT CEFR & LP SIG (forming in November 2008 as JALT Framework and Language Portfolio Special Interest Group (FLP SIG), renamed to JALT CEFR & LP SIG in November 2017)  had gathered interested individuals to garner ideas, discuss developments, and coordinate efforts. If you want to get involved, you are more than welcome to share. You find on the homepage information on our newsletters, publications, the CEFR Journal - research and practice and other.

JALT is an non-profit organisation, and CEFR & LP SIG is a special interest group. Our modest finances (including royals from publications) are used for SIG events, publications (including Newsletter and CEFR Journal) and this homepage, to disemerse the results. We are grateful for JSPS kaken research funding to be able to set up and support this homepage. 


Thank to all you attended and took part in the AR and CEFR Workshop!!!! It was held

Action research - Lecture and Workshop with Anne Burns

on August 20th, 2021 from 14:00 to 17:15 for more details (see Events)


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Learn more about JALT https://jalt.org/

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JALT 2021 will be held on November 12th - 15th, 2021 ONLINE

CEFR & LP SIG - SIG Forum and CEFR & LP SIG AGM will be held Online.

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CEFR & LP SIG Newsletter no. 32 (August 2021) is now available. (Click here to see Newsletter no32


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CEFR Journal - Research and Practice volume 3 (October 2020) is available CEFR Journal

Still good NEWS - We are happy about the publication of our 4th book as a result of our kaken research project no. 16K02835:

Noriko Nagai, Gregory C. Birch, Jack Bower, Maria Gabriela Schmidt

CEFR-informed Learning, Teaching and Assessment: A Practical Guide.

Springer 2020. ISBN 9789811558931  (https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9789811558931).

See more details of the book on the special site here: A Practical Guide

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Congratulations: In April 2021, two more members of CEFR & LP SIG had been granted a JSPS Kaken Research project: Noriko Nagai on CLIL and Jack Bower on Placement tests. 

The Kaken JSPS research project for JALT CEFR & LP is now in its second year. If you are interested in getting involved and doing action research, please contact the research team. For more details on the project Click here for Kaken 5

「アクションリサーチの手法を用いた言語教育改善: CEFRの教育理念を参考にして」

 “Foreign Language Education Reform through Action Research. Putting CEFR educational principles into practice”.

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To know more about Upcoming Events Click here for events

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Thank you for consulting our homepage! If you have some feedback, please do not hesitate to contact us.

For contacting us, please use the contact form on the homepage. 



(Last update: August 21st, 2021 MGS)

This online toolkit is supported by KAKEN Grant-in-Aid project no. 20K00759, no. 19K00808 and no. 16K02835 and aims to support teachers of all foreign languages in Japan in using the CEFR and CEFR/CV efficiently.