Why use the CEFR for languages?

In 2001, a Council of Europe’s group of experts published the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (CEFR).

The CEFR describes what a learner can do at six specific levels and it is now internationally recognized as a common basis for the development of language syllabus, curriculum guidelines, examinations and textbooks.

At Monash University, the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics is now using the CEFR Global Scale of Six Levels recognized worldwide as the benchmark for the comparison of achievements and learning across languages, from A1-A2 (Basic User), through B1-B2 (Independent User) to C1-C2 (Proficient User).

Who it is for?

The alignment of the European languages and literatures programs on the CEFR Global scale will allow:

  • Students: to understand which language goals they can reach at each level and to claim their proficiency level according to an international standard
  • Academics: to choose the accurate pedagogical tools at each level and to adapt their courses
  • The Section of European Literatures and Languages: to decide on curriculum and syllabus contents and to provide the same quality of teaching across all of its programmes
  • Monash University: to promote the mutual recognition of qualifications and the international cooperation in the field of modern languages.

How does it work?

For an easy tour of the CEFR Global Scale applied by European languages and literatures programs in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics:

What do you think?

Are you already using the CEFR? You are invited to take part in a study about the CEFR and its role as a resource for language programs in Australia: