Copyright 2020 - 2017

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The following events with JALT CEFR & LP are planned in 2020


Submission Deadline to the CEFR & LP SIG Forum at JALT 2020 International Conference in Tsukuba is Wednesday, April 29th, 2020

November 20th - 23rd, 2020: JALT 2020 International Conference in Tsukuba. The CEFR & LP SIG Forum will be on

Aligning CEFR to current practices

 - Identifying needs of learners and teachers / in the classroom -

 First steps for action research

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PAN SIG 2020 (planned for May 30th - 31st, 2020) has been canceled.  Instead, a Online conference of Pan SIG 2020 will be held on June 20th, 2020

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On July 12th, 2020 (Sunday): A joint event with Nagano chapter is planned.

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Call for papers Deadline May 31st, 2020  Symposium & Workshop on CEFR and CLIL


The praxis of teaching, learning, and assessment

with CEFR and CLIL


Planned on October 23rd - 25th, 2020 

as joint event with Akita chapter at Akita International University.


Invited Speakers are

Dr. Masashi Negishi (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)


Dr. Yuen Li LO (Hongkong University)

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 Learning). 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 calling for papers that (a) bridge the research and practice divide and (b) will provide a rich context for discussion throughout the conference.

Thematic discussions



Round Table discussions

For more details see Call for papers Deadline May 31st, 2020 (Cfp download here)

(Submit here)                


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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



 (Last update April 27th, 2020)

This online toolkit is supported by KAKEN Grant-in-Aid project no. 16K02835 and aims to support teachers of all foreign languages in Japan in using the CEFR