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CEFR & LP SIG Newsletter no. 31 - April 2021

Dear members of the CEFR & LP SIG,

Hopefully this newsletter finds you well and you had a good start in the second year of a new normal. It has been silent for the last months, but we have been active behind the scenes with the CEFR and Action Research Project and with preparing for PanSIG 2021. The SIG’s keyword for 2021 will again be COLLABORATION, with the notion of reaching out to our members and the foreign language teaching community. We are looking forward to serving our membership.

In this Newsletter you will find a review report by Alexander Imig on a presentation held during an online conference by Claudia Harsch, who is currently an expert member of EALTA (European Association of Language Testing and Assessment), on CEFR criticism.

On May 8th, 2021 we will have a meeting for those of our membership who are already involved in the CEFR & Action research project, and for those who are interested, you are welcome to join by listening and/or by discussing.

For the upcoming summer, in August and September 2021, we plan a series of workshops led by invited speakers about CEFR and our research project related themes. As first speaker we could confirm Anne Burns who is internationally known for her expertise in action research and foreign language teaching. As soon as we have more details, we will inform you, our membership immediately!

The next event coming up is PanSIG 2021. The conference theme is “Local and Global: Plurilingualism and Multilingualism” and CEFR & LP will have a CEFR & LP SIG Forum on Saturday 15th, 2021 from 2:30 pm to 4 pm. There are eight other CEFR and SIG related presentations at PanSIG 2021, and we guess this is a historic number for CEFR related presentations at a PanSIG conference! The whole conference will have more than 160 presentations. The plenary speaker will be Jane Willis, well-known for task-based teaching, a theme very much related to the CEFR. On Sunday there will be a panel discussion on the conference theme with four panelists. See below for more details on the CEFR and SIG related presentations, or event space.

PanSIG 2021 - Special offer: See the email for details.

Other dates to keep in mind: The JALT 2021 conference will be held on November 12 – 15, 2021 in Shizuoka, Grandship.

PanSIG 2022 will be held on June, 3 -5, 2022 in Nagano, The University of Nagano.

The JALT 2022 conference is planned for Fukuoka.

We are actually looking for a conference chair for PanSIG 2023 and for a site as well, the same for PanSIG 2024.The call will be sent out in the next JALT Announcement mail.

Some news from other JALT SIGs:

OLE SIG (Other Language Educators SIG) is organizing a Multilingual Cafe each month. If you want to speak in another language, please come and join. The next Cafe will be open on April 28th, 2021 at 7:30. For more details see:

On May 26th, at 7:30 For more details see:

And last but not least, some good news. Two of our members applied for a Kaken research project and both projects were granted. Good job, congratulations! Jack Bower: Assessment and placement test Noriko Nagai: CLIL

If you have some news you would like to share with our members, please feel free to do so.

If we don’t support each other who will do it?

Gabriela Schmidt

CEFR & LP SIG coordinator

On behalf of all officers Alexander Imig (treasurer), Noriko Nagai (membership), Gregory Birch (program), Jack Bower (publication), Naoyuki Naganuma (CEFR research liaison), Mark DeBoer (CLIL liaison), Nicole Sonobe (membership assistant), Morten Hunke, Rebecca Schmidt, Valerie Hansford, Shaun Allen (publication assistant) I

f you want to get involved, you are very welcome!


Contents of Newsletter 31 - April 2021


SIG matters – result of voting


Featured Article by Alexander Imig

PanSIG 2021 presentations CEFR and SIG related

Upcoming events


(Updated May 4th, 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.