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CEFR & LP SIG Newsletter No. 32 - August 2021 - Read here or download the pdf (click here)


CEFR & LP SIG Newsletter No. 32 – August 2021


 Dear members of the CEFR & LP SIG,

The summer heat has gained in strength and the end of the semester is approaching. We hope that the challenges in the last months worked out for you so far. This newsletter edition provides some news and ideas for you to consider and new projects to engage in. Hopefully, you will find something that catches your interest.

On Friday August 20th, 2021 (2 pm to 5:15 pm) we will hold a special event on Action Research with Anne Burns as invited speaker. She will give a lecture on “Action research: A powerful way to engage yourself in professional development”, followed by a workshop on Action Research and the CEFR, which will give insights and discuss some exemplary projects under way. This will be a perfect occasion to get involved.

We want to renew the Call for Collaborators related to the ongoing Kaken project. We would be happy if you could consider taking part in it. For more details see in this Newsletter (or online at

In June we started a new type of event, “Share your CEFR Tool”, which is intended as a hands-on, peer-to-peer event. These tools will be made available on the Toolkit pages of the SIG’s website ( Looking forward to suggestions from the members!

Our member Shaun Allen shared with us a tool for getting acquainted with CEFR descriptors. He agreed to write a featured article for this newsletter on Exploring CEFR Scales Using a Popular Mnemonic Platform.

JALT 2021 International Conference is planning to hold the conference as two parallel events this year: on November 12th to 15th, 2021 at Shizuoka, Grandship, as a face-to-face event; and on November 19th to 21st, 2021 as an online event. See and for details.

CEFR & LP SIG will hold a SIG Forum and the AGM Online on November 21st, 2021.

The CEFR & LP SIG Forum has the theme First steps for action research.

The CEFR Journal – Practice and Research Volume 4 is under way and will be published soon. The Call for Submissions for Volume 5 is open until November 30th, 2021.

We will get a DOI for the CEFR Journal. See more

If you would like to organize a joint event with the CEFR&LP SIG, please contact one of our officers. We ask all our members to become involved with organizing meetings and mini-conferences and by contributing to our newsletter. We’d love your cooperation to make this happen.

Thank you for being a member of JALT CEFR&LP SIG!


Gabriela Schmidt

Your coordinator on behalf of all officers.


Contents of Newsletter 32 – August 2021


Welcome                                                                                                                1


Action Research Lecture and Workshop with Anne Burns                                  3

 Call for Collaborators for Research Project                                                                 7

 lanning new Working group on Language Portfolio                                                     8

  – Featured Article – 

      Share your CEFR Tool                                                                              

     Shaun Allen:

     Exploring CEFR Scales Using a Popular Mnemonic Platform”                       9

     JALT International Conference                                                                           18

     November 12th to 15th, 2021 in Shizuoka, Grandship

      November 19th to 21st, 2021 Online

     CEFR Journal – Research and Practice                                                               19

    Calls, Planning and Events in 2021 and 2022 - At a glance                                   20





(August 3rd, 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.