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Full Title: Critical, Constructive Assessment of CEFR-based Language Teaching in Japan and Beyond

      
Location: Nagoya, Japan
Start Date: 31-May-2014 - 31-May-2014
Contact: Fergus O'Dwyer
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Meeting URL: https://sites.google.com/site/flpsig/critical-constructive-assessment-of-cefr
Meeting Description: Critical, Constructive Assessment of CEFR-based Language Teaching in Japan and Beyond
Chukyo University, Nagoya, Japan
May 31, 2014

In recent years there has been a vivid discussion in Japan and elsewhere about language learning curricula and frameworks, especially the Council of
Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It is important to be aware that the CEFR and its can-do statements must
be adapted and changed to suit the specific context they serve.

The basic theme of this project focuses on the implementation of the CEFR in language education institutions, with a focus on generating ideas of
current practice that can be adapted and implemented by others. It is possible for the focus to be pluricentric, but currently it is proposed the project will
be centred around Japan. Other regions of Asia, Europe and America can also be represented. The focus will be on principles and practices that
effectively disseminate transparent and suitably scaffolded learning objectives, while focusing on an action-oriented approach that also promotes life-
long, autonomous learning. The focus of the project is action-research based, following an action-reflection cycle (McNiff & Whitehead, 2009): observe
what is going on; think about how they can improve it; act; gather data; show transformational nature of the actions; test and modify existing thinking
and practices; communicate the significance, in order to encourage new ways of acting. We hope the results of the enterprise can encourage others to
enact action-reflection cycles on local levels.

We intend to have a one-day conference where participants will present preliminary ideas about how practices have addressed some key questions
featured below. This mini-conference will be held in Japan, in May 2014.
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics
LL Issue: 25.598


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