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The following events with JALT CEFR & LP are planned in 2021:

If you are interested in a joint event with CEFR & LP SIG you are welcome, please contact us!

On March 9th, 2021 a workshop on Action Research and the CEFR

In Mai 2021 (15th - 16th)  CEFR & LP SIG Forum at JALT PanSIG 2021

In November 2021 (12th - 15th) JALT 2021 conferene

Please see the below of the page for the meetings held in 2020.


 In 2020 we had many events, please see below in the archive. Looking forward to 2021!

Thank you for your interest in JALT CEFR & LP SIG!

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Other organisations

JACET will hold its 60th convention on August 28th and 29th, 2021 and submissions are possible for non-members too.

Deadline is February 28th, 2021. See more details: Link to Jacet 60th Convention Cfp


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JALT 2021 - Conference Reflections and New Perspectives

November 12th - 15th, 2021 in Shizuoka Grandship


Call for presentations by March 14th, 2021

See more details and click here for JALT 2021 conference


If you are interested in presenting at the CEFR & LP SIG Forum please contact the coordinator.

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PanSIG 2021 Conference Online

May 15th - 16th, 2021

This will be the 20th PanSIG conference and the theme is

Local and Global Perspectives: Plurilingualism and Multilingualism

Learn more about:

PanSIG homepage

Pansig2021 eventspace at

PanSIG is an annual conference usually held in May, and organized by many of the Special Interest Groups (SIGs) of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT). The conference brings together leading scholars and practitioners in language education from Japan, Asia, and throughout the world. It is meant to be a smaller, more intimate conference than the annual international JALT conference (which is held each fall), and is a place where SIG members can network with each other.

CEFR & LP SIG will have a SIG Forum at PanSIG. More details will come soon.



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CEFR & Action Research - A fresh new look at your teaching

This meeting will be a follow-up event to the CEFR & LP SIG Forum held online at the JALT 2020 International Conference. The purpose is to give an introduction to our current KAKEN research project, which was granted in April 2020 (no. 20K00759) and entitled 

Foreign Language Education Reform through Action Research -

Putting CEFR educational principles into practice

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.

We are looking for collaborators, (Call for Collaborators download) and this meeting will be an opportunity for those who have shown an interest to share their thoughts on getting involved in the project and form working groups.

This meeting will bring together facilitators and collaborators, and we will start by giving a short introduction to the CEFR and our CEFR-informed AR Model.

This will help researchers to decide their research focus, form groups, and receive guidance to start Stage 1 of the Action Research cycle - Putting together your research plan.

Each Action Research team will be provided with support and guidance to ensure that their research is conducted in a systematic way in relation to the AR literature and reflective of CEFR principles. The teams will be grouped thematically around six central themes:

  • (1) Designing a curriculum and / or course,
  • (2) Materials Development,
  • (3) Assessment,
  • (4) Learner autonomy and the European Language Portfolio,
  • (5) Classroom Implementation and
  • (6) other CEFR-related fields.

Please feel free to join us. No special skills are needed and whether you are a novice to the CEFR or Action Research, we will provide step-by-step support. This would be a perfect start to know more about your own teaching!

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These were the events at JALT 2020 Online, which just closed the doors:

November 16th-23rd, 2020 JALT 2020 Communities of Teachers and Learners (Conference Online) see details

With various presentations related to CEFR & LP SIG:

November 17th, 2020 19:30 - 20:30 Adapting can do descriptors to remote teaching

November 20th, 2020 19:45 - 21:15 CEFR & LP SIG Forum & AGM: Aligning CEFR to current practices  -  First steps for action research

November 21th, 2020

     10:45 - 11:45   Colin Rundle, Koki Tomita, Tetsuko Fukawa Initiating a CEFR Alignment Project

     11:55 - 12:20   Jean-Pierre Richard TOEIC L&R and CEFR-J Can-Do Self-Assessment Scores

     12:50 - 13:50   Jim D'Angelo Alexander Imig Academic Writing and Mediation – CEFR-informed

     14:00 - 14:25   Tyson Rode, Patrizia M.J. Hayashi Steps to a Successful CEFR-Aligned Placement Test


The conference was held from Monday, November 16th to Monday, November 23rd, 2020.

Presentations related to CEFR & LP SIG

Tuesday November 17th, 19:30 - 20:30

JALT 2020 Online Emergency Remote Teaching and Learning: 

Adapting can do descriptors to remote teaching (CEFR & LP SIG)

Workshop (ID #788) - Presenters: Maria Gabriela Schmidt, Yukie Saito, Engel Villareal

Summary: ‘Can do’ descriptors are an important tool to make learning outcomes transparent to learners and stakeholders. The extended version of the CEFR, the CEFR Companion Volume (Council of Europe 2018), offers ‘Can do’ descriptors for telecommunication. This workshop will examine a range of related descriptors, discuss their applicability, including an online oral assessment using CEFR as a rubric base, and give hints to adapt the descriptors to various contexts of emergency remote teaching and learning.

Abstract: This workshop aims to examine ‘Can do’ descriptors which are an important tool to make learning outcomes transparent to learners and stakeholders. This is indispensable in emergency remote teaching and learning scenarios. The CEFR Companion Volume (Council of Europe 2018), an extended version of the CEFR, introduced an update to the CEFR illustrative descriptors by “responding to demands ... for descriptors for other communicative activities such as online interaction, using telecommunications” (CEFR/CV COE 2018, 23). In relation to online communication, or machine-mediated interaction, the addendum implies acknowledgment of the difference between that of mediated and face-to-face interaction. “There are emergent properties of group interaction online that are almost impossible to capture in traditional competence scales focusing on the individual’s behavior in speech or in writing. For instance, the availability of online resources that can be shared in real-time. For instance, the availability of online resources that can be shared in real-time. On the other hand, there may be misunderstandings that are not spotted (and corrected) immediately online, which is often easier done with face-to-face communication. Some requirements for successful communication are: the need for more redundancy in messages; the need to check that the message has been correctly understood; the ability to reformulate in order to help comprehension, dealing with misunderstanding; and the ability to handle emotional reactions.” (CEFR/CV COE 2018, 96-98) This workshop will present a range of descriptors, examine, and discuss their applicability for online teaching, and give hints to adapt the descriptors to specific contexts of emergency remote teaching and learning. It will include a case study of an online oral assessment using CEFR as a rubric base.


The CEFR & LP SIG Forum and the AGM

on November 20th, 2020 from 19:45 - 21:15 online

Aligning CEFR to current practices - Identifying needs of learners and teachers / in the classroom -

 First steps for action research

CEFR & LP SIG will have a joint Forum and AGM on Friday, November 20th, 2020 from 19:45 to 21:15 held online as part of JALT 2020 International Conference Online. The Forum and the AGM (Annual General Meeting) can be attended by anyone who registered for the JALT conference. Here is the link:

1) The CEFR & LP SIG Forum will be held from 19:45 to 20:45 and will explain about the new kaken project, its aim and objective and the call for collaborators.

2) The CEFR & LP SIG AGM is open to all SIG members and will be held from 20:45 to 21:15. SIG members will be informed and invited indivually by email.

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Other CEFR & LP SIG related presentations at JALT 2020 online are on Sat November 21st:


Sat November 21st, 2020: 10:45 - 11:45

Initiating a CEFR Alignment Project

Colin Rundle (Soka University), Koki Tomita (Soka University), Tetsuko Fukawa (Soka University)

This presentation reports on the process of aligning an existing freshman English communication course with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The presenters detail their bottom-up approach, highlighting pitfalls and successes of including instructor and student voices in the alignment process. Actual examples of the new curriculum, input and feedback from instructors, and results of a needs analysis conducted among students will be shared.


Sat November 21st, 2020: 11:55 - 12:20

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

Jean-Pierre Joseph Richard (The University of Nagano)

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.


Sat November 21st, 2020: 12:50 - 13:50 

Academic Writing and Mediation – CEFR-informed

Alexander Imig (Chukyo University), James D'Angelo (Chukyo University)

After the explanation of the key (academic) writing concepts in context of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) and the concept of (language) "Mediation" (from the 2018 CEFR Companion volume, a download from the Internet is recommended) the workshop part give participants the opportunity to Mediate concepts themselves or (in another group) to evaluate texts from students in order to familiarize teachers with Mediation strategies.


Sat November 21st, 2020: 14:00 - 14:25  

Steps to a Successful CEFR-Aligned Placement Test

Tyson Rode (Meikai University), Patrizia M.J. Hayashi (Meikai University)

In this presentation, two university educators will discuss from a practical perspective, the methodologies involved in designing, implementing, and evaluating a CEFR-aligned placement test for 1st-year and 2nd-year non-English majors students at a Japanese university. This presentation explains the challenges involved and the solutions undertaken in moving from an official third-party exam to an original CEFR-aligned exam.


Sat November 21st, 2020 Best of JALT Ceremony:

CEFR & LP SIG, Best of JALT 2019, nominated in 2020, are the nominees are Colin Thompson and Tim Woolstencroft


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Symposium & Workshop on CEFR and CLIL (Click here for flyer)

 The praxis of teaching, learning, and assessmentwith CEFR and CLIL

 October 23rd - 25th, 2020 

This is a joint event of JALT CEFR & LP SIG, JALT Akita Chapter and Akita International University (host).

With increased interest in the integration of CEFR and CLIL, this international symposium & workshop serves to further the educational discussion within CEFR in all levels of education, with the additional understanding of CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Instruction). Our goal is to create a forum for discussions promoting the understanding of concepts related to, applications of, and future directions of CEFR and CLIL in Japan and beyond.

We are aiming to bridge the research and practice divide and will provide a rich context for discussion throughout the conference. The intended goal is to engage the audience in the themed discussions and provide theoretically informed ideas, activities, and procedures they can integrate in their classrooms. Presentations (thematic discussion, poster and workshop) will be arranged in thematic block sessions including discussion sessions. These discussions are based on the conference theme and will be moderated.

Invited Speakers are

 Dr. Yuen Li LO (University of Hong Kong)

Dr Yuen Yi Lo is an Associate Professor at the Teacher Education and Learning Leadership (TELL) Unit of the Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong. She received her doctorate at the University of Oxford. Her research interests include bilingual education, Medium of Instruction policy and classroom interaction. In recent years, she has been investigating the professional development of teachers in content and language integrated learning (CLIL) and issues related to CLIL assessment. She has recently published her book “Professional Development of CLIL Teachers”. Dr Lo is well experienced of running CLIL workshops for teachers in Hong Kong and China, assisting them in applying CLIL in classrooms.

 Dr. Masashi Negishi (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)

Dr Masashi Negishi is a professor at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan. He received his PhD from the University of Reading, UK. He has participated in a number of research projects, including national education surveys and the development of several English proficiency tests in Japan. He heads the CEFR-J Project, and his current interests include the application of the CEFR to language teaching in Japan and the development of the CEFR-J based tests. 

See more details at the following link, a special  CEFR and CLIL site click here

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On August 20th, 2020 at 7 p.m. (19:00, Tokyo time, JST) s the Joint Webinar of JALT CEFR & LP SIG with JALT BizCom SIG was held on

Business English as a Lingua Franca and the CEFR Companion Volume in a Japanese context

by Katrin Lichterfeld  (Germany, intercultural business trainer)

Thank to your professional presenter Katrin Licherfeld and to BiZCom Alan Simpson for the marvelous cooperation.

In spite of an increase in educational and in-company programmes, Japan is among the four countries (together with China, Russia and South Korea), where employers notice the highest gap between English skills required in the workplace and those available. What support could the CEFR Companion Volume (2018) and the use of BELF offer? Many consider these two topics as an enormous shift of paradigm for all the stakeholders involved. Some even think that the use of BELF is also an Anglo-western threat to Japanese norms of communication.

Katrin Lichterfeld will provide you with a kind of BELF toolbox to bridge the gap between theory and practice in this webinar. She will address how to deal with a societal need for global English and a lack of exposure to English in the daily lives of Japanese learners? Additionally, she will discuss activities can raise Japanese learner’s BELF awareness toward increasing their linguistic repertoire as well as intercultural communicative competence.

After working in the export department of a beverage group, Katrin Lichterfeld did an MA (Second language acquisition) and a CertIBET. She has been working as an in-company trainer (business communication skills and intercultural competence) in Germany for nearly two decades.  She is also a participant of the EU-funded ENRICH project “English as a Lingua Franca practices for inclusive multilingual classrooms”.

(Article from 2019 of K. Lichterfeld (

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 On July 11th, 2020 (Saturday) 3 p.m - 5 p.m. a joint online event with Nagano (Shinshu) chapter was held.

We want to say THANK YOU for the wonderful support of our hosts!

 The title was The CEFR and the CEFR/CV from a practitioners’ point of view

 Event Speakers: Maria Gabriela Schmidt, Noriko Nagai, Gregory Birch, Jack Bower

The event was recorded and will be made available soon.

Nagano Chapter welcomed the CEFR & LP SIG.
Event Speaker: Gabriela Schmidt, Noriko Nagai, Gregory Birch, Jack Bower
Event Theme: The CEFR and the CEFR/CV from a practitioners’ point of view
The CEFR and its related tools and resources are a huge “jungle” in which many practitioners get lost. This impression of the CEFR was uncovered by a survey conducted by the CEFR SIG in 2014, with many respondents requesting a “CEFR-toolkit” to help teachers find their way through all the available CEFR resources. Providing this toolkit became the driving force behind a Kaken research project - Designing a support system for innovative CEFR-informed language education, which was conducted between 2016 and 2019. Four main areas were identified for using the CEFR efficiently: 1) The philosophy of the CEFR, 2) Curriculum and course development, 3) Assessment and 4) Learner Autonomy and the language portfolio. We are pleased to announce the publication of CEFR-informed Learning, Teaching and Assessment – A practical guide, which will appear in bookstores this summer. The aim of this presentation (and book) is to guide practitioners through this jungle of information by providing a compendium to each of the topics mentioned above and guidance to using the CEFR and its tools efficiently. This is the first time that such a CEFR guidebook has been published from practitioners for practitioners. This talk by the authors will give a hands-on introduction to the main areas of the CEFR and the CEFR/CV. We are also pleased to announce our next Kaken research project: 「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」, Language education reform through action research: Consulting CEFR’s educational principles. Our goal is to provide teachers with support for conducting and publishing classroom-based research on an aspect of the CEFR. Consider this a formal invitation to get involved in the CEFR & LP SIG.

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Pan SIG 2020 Online was held on June 20th (Sat) and 21th (Sun), 2020.

PanSIG 2020 Online was held and it was a superb event. Thank you all who took part in it and joint the CEFR & LP SIG Forum as a CEFR- Talk. We had time to share and discuss various aspects of the CEFR and the CEFR/CV we would like to persue.

CEFR – TALK – A CEFR & LP SIG Special PanSIG Online Forum

This Forum is an open CEFR – Talk. CEFR & LP SIG members and anyone who is interested in the CEFR, the CEFR/CV and related topics are kindly invited to this lunchtime talk on the CEFR. There are various topics to share: First is the new research project (Kaken) on “Language Education reform using action research: Consulting the CEFRs educational principles” 「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」. We are looking for people getting involved using the CEFR and doing action research. Second, the recent development in remote emergency teaching could be an incentive to do research on online teaching and the CEFR & CEFR/CV, discussing and adapting for example related ‘Can Do’ descriptors. Third, other fields were CEFR & CLIL (conference in October), CEFR & tasks for teaching/assessment, CEFR & mediation, ... As format for the forum this could be a general talk (all) or with breakout sessions (thematically). The new normal opens up different pathways. Looking forward meeting people interested in the CEFR! You are welcome!

To see more on PanSIG, go to 

JALT PanSIG 2021 is already in the planning!


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The following webinar was held on April 9th, 2020. It is now available as a YouTube video on a JALT BizCom SIG channel, click (here).

Mediation, interaction and pluricultural competence: How can the new CEFR help English teachers?

Held by Kerstin Waechter. The flyer is still available (click here). - This was a joint event of JALT Bizcom SIG, CEFR & LP SIG and ICLE SIG. Thank you for the cooperation.

In this webinar, Kirsten Waechter will take a closer look at some new features of the revised CEFR framework for language learning and will explore to what extend it can help English teachers in their job. The new CEFR now reflects skills and competence a lot more detailed, allowing for better descriptions of competence and skills. Its new categories include pluricultural skills, mediation and a closer look at functions of interaction and production, for example in correspondence or teamwork. The extended skills descriptions can be extremely useful when designing a course or setting goals for our learners to achieve and revising whether the goals have achieved. This webinar will focus on the categories of mediation and pluricultural communication to demonstrate how the new descriptors can help us in our work.

Bio: Kirsten Waechter has been a business English trainer since 1998 teaching in-company courses. Today she focuses on teaching business communication, ESP and intercultural courses. She is also a materials writer and translator.

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Archiv on CEFR-related events in 2020:

March 8th CEFR in Kyoto has been canceled

March 14th & 15th: CEFR-J has been canceled.


JALT CEFR & LP Events in 2019:

April 19th, 2020 - Joint event with Tokyo chapter (for details use the following link about the 19/4/2019 in Tokyo

May 2019 - PAN SIG 2019 at Konan University in Nishinomiya (Hyogo): CEFR & LP SIG Forum at the Pan SIG 2019 (new page)

November 2019 - JALT International Conference 2019 in Nagoya CEFR & LP SIG Forum on ...

December 7th, 2019 - Joint event with Nara Chapter: with Jack Bower and Gary Cook.


Other CEFR-related Events



JALT CEFR & LP Events in 2018:

 May 2018 - Pan SIG 2018 at Toyo Gakuen University in Tokyo

 JALT International Conference 2018 in Shizuoka.


JALT CEFR & LP Events in 2017:

May 2017 - PAN SIG 2017 at Akita International University (AIU) in Akita

November 2017 - JALT International Conference 2017 in Tsukuba



 (Updated February 15th, 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.