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Best of JALT of CEFR & LP SIG

Best of JALT Award Nominee -  Michelle Steele Best of JALT Award

Best of JALT Award - Since 2021 the Michelle Steele JALT Award

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The Michele Steele Best of JALT Awards is a program that was started to honor speakers who make JALT events such valuable experiences. Since 2010, we have held a special reception at the JALT International Conference to celebrate the winners of this award.

At JALT 2020, the Executive Board of JALT unanimously voted on changing the name of the Best of JALT to The Michele Steele Best of JALT Award for Michele Steele’s inspiring and devoted love of honoring JALT members for their outside work. While the award had been around for many years, Michele brought it into a proper limelight by creating a ceremony to be held at the annual international conference. For the past 10 years the award has been given renewed importance and significance for the recipients.

Best of JALT CEFR LP SIG Awards History

Nominees for 2022 - Who will be next?!? Thank you for voting! 

Best of JALT CEFR & LP SIG 2021, nominated and received in 2022: Gregory Birch

(1) Gregory Birch Using an online European Language Portfolio (e-ELP) to promote learner autonomy (AR Workshop, Aug 20th, 2021)

The runner ups are
(2) Second came in Colin Rundle for his presentation at the August Workshop

(3) and third came five presentations (in alphabetic order) Takanori Omura; Colin Rundle & Tetsuko Fukawa & (joint presentation); Rebecca Schmidt; Nicole Sonobe; Engel Villareal

JALT & CEFR & LP SIG related presentations and publications events in 2021, including PanSIG 2021 and JALT 2021 International Conference Online, all JALT presentations and publications. The nominations are ordered by date. Members of CEFR & LP SIG will be invited to vote in June 2022.

(1) Takanori Omura: How to Enhance Japanese University Students’ Self-Esteem. - An Attempt on Self-Affirmation in Written Form (PanSIG, May 15th, 2021)

(2) Shaun Allen: Exploring CEFR Scales, Using a Popular Mnemonic Tool. Presentation at Share my CEFR tool (June 12, 2021) and featured article (NL no. 30, 2021, p.9-17)

(3) Colin Rundle Applying CEFR Illustrative Descriptors in the Classroom (AR Workshop, Aug 20th, 2021)

(4) Rebecca Schmidt Using CEFR/CV Mediation Illustrators to navigate meaning in a CLIL classroom: First steps of action and reflection (AR Workshop, Aug 20th, 2021)

(5) Gregory Birch Using an online European Language Portfolio (e-ELP) to promote learner autonomy (AR Workshop, Aug 20th, 2021)

(6) Nicole Sonobe CEFR-informed Textbook Selection (AR Workshop, Aug 20th, 2021)

(7) Engel Villareal Implementing a CEFR-informed Writing Course for Junior and Senior High School in Japan (JALT 2021, CEFR & LP SIG Forum, Nov. 14th, 2021)

(8) Vincent Petrin Getting Creative in Academic Writing: A Flash Fiction E-publication (JALT 2021, Online, Nov. 14th)

(9) Richard Sugg, Jordan Svien, Tyler Montgomery: Improving the BETs: Searching for Validity and Online Feasibility (JALT 2021, Online, on demand)

(10) Ian Randall: Linking a Storytelling Course to the CEFR CV (JALT 2021, Online, Nov. 14th)

(11) Colin Rundle; Tetsuko Fukawa; Koki Tomita; Forrest Nelson: A CEFR Alignment Project: Instructor Adaptations and Implementation (JALT 2021, Online, Nov. 14th)

There may be more presentations and publications eligible. The final voting will take place in June 2022, to be voted on by members of CEFR & LP SIG. If there is a presentation or publication in JALT (chapters, SIGs) related contents-wise to the CEFR and Language Portfolio SIG you might consider to be included in the voting for Best of JALT please feel free to bring it up and contact the coordinator or any other officer. Members will get an email with the link for voting in June 2022.

Nominated and received Best of JALT Awards of CEFR & LP / FLP SIG

Best of JALT CEFR & LP SIG 2020, nominated and received in 2021: Jean-Pierre Richard for his presentation “TOEIC L&R and CEFR-J Can-Do Self-Assessment Scores” at JALT International conference 2020 Online, on November 21st (Saturday) at 11:55 - 12:20 (room 13).

This replication study of Runnels (2016) investigated relationships between TOEIC L&R and CEFR-J can-do self-assessment scores. Participants (N = 54) completed an online-form with the CEFR-J statements. First, CEFR-J levels performed as predicted, with no mismatching but some overlapping of ability levels. Second, weak-to-moderate correlations between TOEIC Reading and reading self-assessment scores were found, and none-to-weak for listening. The results and the implications of these findings, and in relationship to Runnels, are discussed.

Best of JALT CEFR & LP SIG 2019, nominated and received in 2020: Colin Thompson & Tim Woolstencroft (Josai International University) for their Presentation “Designing a CEFR-informed Curriculum” at JALT International conference 2019 on November 2nd, 2019 (Nagoya).

This presentation reports on attempts to design a CEFR-based curriculum for a four-skills English language course at a Japanese university. The aim of the presentation was to show what CEFR stands for, the methodology it advocates and how teachers can plan curricula based around its assessment criteria. The presentation showed how the CEFR can provide an important and beneficial framework for language teaching in Japan.

Reasoning: The presentation was out-standing, extraordinary and very beneficial, giving a good example of implementing the CEFR in a curriculum. The presentation had a good audience.

Best of JALT CEFR & LP SIG 2018, nominated and received in 2019: Tim Wilson for his poster presentation “CEFR-Based Curriculum at a Japanese University” at JALT International Conference 2018 on Saturday, November 24th, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM. His paper presented the progress of an ongoing study of how a CEFR-based curriculum at a private Japanese university was being implemented. It explored how English is being taught in a new basic English language-learning program called Step-Up English, which runs parallel to the CEFR scale (A1-A2), and is a goal-oriented, performance-based approach to language teaching with a clear set of learning objectives and ‘can do’ statements.

Best of JALT CEFR & LP (FLP) SIG 2017, nominated and received in 2018: Yukie Saito for her contribution "Developing a portfolio for English as a tool for global communication" (pp.292-302) in the edited volume "Critical, Constructive Assessment of CEFR-informed Language Teaching in Japan and Beyond", published in September 2017 by Cambridge University Press.

Her article is an extra-ordinary example of good practice in the field of CEFR and foreign language education, and how to bring theory into practice, to engage students.

Best of JALT FLP SIG 2016, nominated and received in 2017: Jack Bower for his presentation “Using the ADDIE model to plan and construct a CEFR-based curriculum: Focus on the analysis phase” at the CriConCef conference of FLP SIG in Osaka in March 2016.

Sorry for the missed opportunity in 2015!

Best of JALT FLP SIG 2014, nominated and received in 2015 Sergio Mazzarelli for his presentation “Video recording and Moodle to aid the ELP in presentation-based courses” at the CriConCef Conference of FLP SIG in Nagoya, Chukyo University on May 31, 2014.



Presentation, paper


nominated and received at JALT






Video recording and Moodle to aid the ELP in presentation-based courses (presentation)

Sergio Mazzarelli







Using the ADDIE model to plan and construct a CEFR-based curriculum: Focus on the analysis phase conference (presentation) at the CriConCef

Jack Bower



Developing a portfolio for English as a tool for global communication (paper)

Yukie Saito



CEFR-Based Curriculum at a Japanese University (presentation)

Timothy Wilson



Designing a CEFR-informed Curriculum (presentation)

Colin Thompson & Tim Woolstencroft



TOEIC L&R and CEFR-J Can-Do Self-Assessment Scores

Jean-Pierre Joseph Richard



Using an online European Language Portfolio (e-ELP) to promote learner autonomy

Gregory Birch


(Updated September 18th, 2022 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.