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In April 2020 the Kaken JSPS research project has been granted! This is the 5th Kaken project C in a row since 2012 involving the SIG itself (FLP SIG, CEFR & LP SIG), officers and members of the SIG. For the members of CEFR & LP SIG this is very good news indeed. Why? - Because they have been explicitly included in the proposal with the title

「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」

Foreign Language Education Reform through Action Research - Putting CEFR educational principles into practice

It is a JSPS Kaken C project and the research number is 20K00759. The timeline for the New Kaken 5 research project is

2020: Work with CEFR & LP SIG members to identify research foci and to plan AR projects.

2021: Carry out action research / Collect and analyze data.

2022: Reflect on AR projects and write research up for publication.

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A research team with collaborator was build in academic year 2020. The following activities had been conducted in the academic year 2020 (April 2020 to March 2021) to achieve this goal for the first year:

(1) Regular meetings of the research group between April and October 2020.  (2) A Call for Collaborators was launched in fall, (3) the project was introduced at the CEFR & LP SIG Forum at JALT 2020 and (4) on December 19th, 2020 an Online Workshop was held, the CARM model was introduced and research members were asked to fill in a workbook to prepare for stage 1, (5) on March 2nd and 9th, 2021 workshops were held and invited members introduced their AR small scale research projects as model cases. So far, the goal of the first year had been achieved. Thanks to everyone dedication and cooperation.

The second year:

In the academic year 2021 (year 2 of the project) which starts in April 2021, some of us will start their AR intervention. We will meet in small groups. The next meeting is scheduled for May 8th, 2021 (Saturday afternoon). The aim for year 2 is to prepare for stage 2 of the project. We will present some small-scale action research projects at the CEFR & LP SIG Forum at PanSIG 2021 and report on the research project.

Anyone who is interested in this project is still welcome to join. 

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Reports of progress and events during the Second year of the Research project (April 2021 - March 2022)

 

 

 

On May 8th, 2021: 3 - 5 pm, Meeting of research team and collaborators of the Kaken research project. Presentation of three ongoing small-scale AR projects. If you are interested, please contact the research team leader.  

 

On May 15th, 2021: 2:30 - 4 pm CEFR & LP SIG Forum at PanSIG 2021 (see more details on Events)

 

 AR and CEFR Workshop with Anne Burns on August 20th, 2021

 

 

全国英語教育学会 - JASELE 2021 conference 第46回長野研究大会: Link to the JASELE 2021 conference JASELE conference schedule

Members of CEFR & LP SIG will have a presentation related to the Kaken Research project at JASELE 2021 on Sunday, August 8th, 2021: 10:55 - 11:20

 

JACET 2021 will hold its 60th International Convention on August 28th and 29th, 2021 online. 大学英語教育学会 国際大会 Click here to the link to the JACET 2021 convention

Members of CEFR & LP SIG will have a presentation related to the Kaken Research project at JACET 2021, Sunday, August 29th, 2021: 10:40 - 11:05 (room 6)

 

Reports of progress and events during the First year of the Research project (April 2020 - March 2021)

On March 2nd and 9th, 2021 two workshops were held by and for members of the research group. The workshops aimed to present the outline of projects to be conducted starting in April 2021.

The result of these workshops will be presented at PanSIG 2021 (May 15 and 16, 2021) at the CEFR & LP SIG Forum.

 

On December 19, 2020 2 - 4 pm an Online Meeting of the Kaken project working group was held:

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

This meeting was a follow-up event to the CEFR & LP SIG Forum held online at the JALT 2020 International Conference. The purpose was 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 (see below of this page), 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!

If you are interested in this project please contact the research team. 

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New research project  - Call for Collaboration Click here for Download

In April 2020, we were granted the third JSPS Grant-in-Aid research project (no. 20K00759) directly involving the SIG, and the fifth involving SIG members, on

Foreign Language Education Reform through Action Research

Putting CEFR educational principles into practice

The JALT CEFR & LP SIG is looking for researchers to participate in our latest KAKEN JSPS research project!

The aim of this project is to support numerous small-scale action research (AR) projects related to foreign language teaching in Japan and beyond, in which practitioners reflect on and find ways to improve their teaching practice using the CEFR as a reference tool.

Each AR 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 five central themes:

  • Designing a curriculum and / or course
  • Materials Development
  • Assessment
  • Learner autonomy and the European Language Portfolio
  • Classroom Implementation.

These categories roughly follow the chapters of the CEFR & LP SIG’s latest publication, CEFR-informed Learning, Teaching and Assessment: A Practical Guide (Nagai et al. 2020). The book authors and SIG officers will offer support and guidance in their respective areas of expertise while undertaking their own research projects. Each team will also be provided with a succinct review of the AR literature, and an action research framework to guide their research efforts. Ultimately, we plan to publish these case studies in either an edited volume or our in-house journal: CEFR JOURNAL - Research and Practice.

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This project is related to the JSPS Kaken project no. 20K00759 「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」. Taking part in it, presenting and/ or publishing will be acknowledged by including your name in the yearly reports and in the final report of the Kaken as research collaborators (研究協力者) during the research period (2020 - 2022). The names of research collaborators will appear in the final report of the ongoing Kaken project, as shown in the previous Kaken project report (see Kaken database link to the reserach project special site).

JALT and the CEFR & LP SIG are included explicitly in the research proposal. Being a SIG member is favorable but not mandatory for taking part in the project. As this is a JSPS Kaken project, the aim is to contribute substantially to foreign language education (English or other languages) in Japan. Yet, the language for presentations and publications should be either in English or in Japanese. If you are interested in participating, please contact the research team.

For more details, see the special project homepage: Kaken 5

Contact: jalt.cefrlp.sig {admark} gmail.com

 

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Overview of the Kaken research projects

Kaken 1 - JSPS research project C no. 24520611 on developing a CEFR-informed textbook

Kaken 2 - JSPS research project C no. 26370624 on Critical, constructive assessment on CEFR-informed teaching

Kaken 3 - JSPS research project C no. 16K02835 on developing a CEFR toolkit for teachers using the CEFR efficiently

Kaken 4 - JSPS research project C no. 19K00808 on academic writing (composition) considering world Englishes

Kaken 5 - JSPS research project C no. 20K00759 using action research putting CEFR educational principles into practice

Kaken 6 - JSPS research project C April 2021 granted for a SIG member on CEFR-informed placement test

Kaken 7 - JSPS research project C April 2021 granted for a SIG member on CLIL

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(Updated: August 21st, 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.