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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. 

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

NEWS - GOOD NEWS - really GOOD news by July 2020: We are happy to announce 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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April 2020: The next Kaken JSPS research project for JALT CEFR & LP has been granted in April 2020! This is good news for members of CEFR & LP SIG! - CALL OF COLLABORATEURS

「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”.

- CALL OF COLLABORATEURS: We are looking for research colloborateurs doing Action Research. For more details. Click here for Kaken 5

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(Last update: October 22nd, 2020 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.