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1 English Profile: Understanding Language Learners Melissa Good Cambridge University Press at British Council, Moscow 7 October 2009

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3 Barn photo

4 What is English Profile and how does it help us understand language learners?

5 English Profile What it is Who participates What it’s doing How it works

6 The 6 levels of the CEF (Common European Framework) A Basic User A1 Breakthrough A2 Waystage C Proficient User C1 Effective operational proficiency C2 Mastery B Independent User B1 ThresholdB2 Vantage

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8 The 6 levels of the CEF A Basic User A1 Breakthrough A2 Waystage C Proficient User C1 Effective operational proficiency C2 Mastery B Independent User B1 ThresholdB2 Vantage

9 B2 Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. C1 Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes... C2 Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely... These descriptors can apply to any of the languages spoken in Europe, and ther

10 How English Profile will make the CEF can-do statements more objective Years of collective expert opinion and judgement (examiners, teachers) but not enough objective verification Using corpora we can look at large numbers of learners pre-assigned to levels and see how they really use language

11 Cambridge International Corpus Cambridge Learner Corpus

12 How English Profile will make the CEF can-do statements more objective Years of collective expert opinion and judgement (examiners, teachers) but not enough objective verification Using corpora we can look at large numbers of learners pre-assigned to levels and see how they really use language

13 English Profile What it is Who participates What it’s doing How it works

14 English Profile What it is Who participates What it’s doing How it works

15 English Profile partnership

16 English Profile network 1 core partners 2 network partners 3 public beneficiaries

17 English Profile What it is Who participates What it’s doing How it works

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19 English Profile Wordlists and Cambridge Dictionaries

20 B2 Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. C1 Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes... C2 Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely... These descriptors can apply to any of the languages spoken in Europe, and ther

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22 Other English Profile research strands RCEAL ‘criterial features’ CRELLA ‘functional progression’ (Volumes being published in 2011, along with Wordlists available on subscription)

23 English Profile What it is Who participates What it’s doing How it works

24 Join our global English Profile community Members of teaching community: contribute learner data to our corpus Academics: submit a research proposal All: use website to find out about English Profile news, events and publications

25 How does English Profile help us understand language learners? CEF becoming more widely used around the world We have a broad-brush description in the CEF, now we need specific criteria We need to make the criteria more concrete and more objective

26 English Profile: Understanding Language Learners


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