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CEFR Journal - Research and Practice
CEFR Journal - Research and Practice, Volume 5
Date: December 31, 2022
Title: A multimedia orientation course on the CEFR Companion Volume going back to 2001, moving forward to 2020 and beyond
Page: 11-24
Author(s): Monica Barsi (University of Milan), Teresa Betarello (Provincial Centre of Adult Education, Milan)


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


In this contribution, we illustrate how we have designed our orientation course on the CEFR Companion volume: with what objectives (Part I) and what structure (Part II). The course is designed and realised in microlearning mode. Graphics, animation and approach to the subject matter make it enjoyable also for those who are approaching LS/L2 teaching or for self-learners who want to discover this document. Each of the 11 course units consists of a 5-10’ video, equally usable from a mobile device, focusing on a particular aspect (all videos are visible on the website and on youtube). All our references to the adoption and knowledge of the CEFR CV mainly concern our experience in Italy, although we have noticed many similarities with other countries both at school (at all levels) and outside school. ‘Our’ Italian society, just like ‘our’ European society, has in fact seen and continues to see the importance assumed by linguistic and cultural diversity growth of which it is necessary to become increasingly aware. The course is intended to be a tool for understanding the whole didactic idea of the CEFR CV, which envisages language levels from Pre-A1 to C2 but at the same time promotes education in plurilingualism, interculturalism, mediation and inclusiveness.


Companion Volume, CEFR, glottodidactics, second languages, foreign languages, linguistic
education, plurilingualism

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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.