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Framework and Language Portfolio Special Interest Group (FLP SIG) in JALT


In recent years there has been a vivid discussion in Japan about language learning curriculums and frameworks, especially the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and the European Language Portfolio (ELP). 


Since forming the Framework and Language Portfolio Special Interest Group (FLP SIG) in JALT in November 2008 those present sought had gathered interested individuals to garner ideas, discuss developments, and coordinate efforts.



General FLP SIG contact us via our contact form.

  • SIG Coordinator: Maria Gabriela Schmidt
  • Treasurer: Alexander Imig
  • Membership Chair: Noriko Nagai
  • Program Chair: Naoyuki Naganuma
  • Publications : Gregory C. Birch
  • Newsletter - Editor Board: Gregory C. Birch, Val Hansford


There are many opportunities to help out in the SIG by becoming an officer in large/shadow officer for an officer/area that interests you. As always if there are any events/ideas you would to carry out with the help of the SIG please let us know.


Members enjoy various benefits for a small fee of  2000 Yen. You can join JALT at Join JALT and choose a SIG. Since September 2015 the regular JALT membership includes one free SIG membership of choice and one free Chapter membership of choice. You can also use the form at the back of the JALT publication The Language Teacher and join.


By paying this small fee and being included as an official member of the SIG on the JALT database will help the SIG become more prominent in the organization and enjoy greater benefits/involvement in events. Please support FLP SIG.



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The SIG moodle is available to join for all, see (registration required- go to the link/change language on the right hand side and then register. Check in spam folder if you do not receive confirmation email immediately). It is hoped this moodle will become a space for like-minded educators to exchange information and discuss issues.


The SIG constituion is available to download below.


FLP_SIG_Constitution-_Engish_and_JapaneseDec92011.pdf (359k)  Maria Gabriela Schmidt, 9 Dec 2011, 16:27


(Last update Junel 4th, 2019 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.