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CEFR Journal - Research and Practice
CEFR Journal - Research and Practice, Volume 5
Date: December 31, 2022

Title: Aligning language education with the CEFR: A Handbook

Page: 5-10

Author(s): Neus Figueras (University of Barcelona), David Little (Trinity College Dublin), Barry O’Sullivan (British Council)


This article is open access and licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) license.


This article briefly presents the handbook Aligning language education with the CEFR, which was published in April 2022 and is freely available online. The publication of the CEFR Companion Volume with new descriptors (CEFR CV; Council of Europe, provisional version 2017, definitive version 2020) has caused quite a stir in the field of language education and prompted renewed interest in the content and applicability of the CEFR (Council of Europe 2001). Language assessment professionals in particular have discussed the many implications of the CEFR CV in different contexts and scenarios. The article explains why the handbook was developed and who it is for, describes the steps involved in aligning the different dimensions of language education with the CEFR, and explains how the handbook is organised.


CEFR, CEFR CV, CEFR alignment, language assessment

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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.