LINGUIST List 28.1153

Tue Mar 07 2017

Calls: Applied Ling/Poland

Editor for this issue: Kenneth Steimel <>

Date: 02-Mar-2017
From: Katarzyna Piątkowska <>
Subject: The Common European Framework of Reference in Tertiary Education System – Interpretations and Implementations
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Full Title: The Common European Framework of Reference in Tertiary Education System – Interpretations and Implementations
Short Title: CEFRites

Date: 19-Sep-2017 - 21-Sep-2017
Location: Toruń, Poland
Contact Person: Katarzyna Piątkowska
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Apr-2017

Meeting Description:

In 2001 the Council of Europe released its recommendation on the use of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR) and the promotion of plurilingualism, creating a common basis for language learning qualifications, curricula, textbooks and examinations across the European Union. This act invited national governments to implement the CEFR and promote plurilingualism in their education systems.

The aim of the conference project is to focus on the tertiary educational level and to:

- Explore national policy across European countries regarding the interpretation and implementation of the CEFR
- Focus on specific measures taken by national policy makers, educational institutions, researchers and academic language teachers for implementing the CEFR in language learning
- Provide an insight into challenges in applying the CEFR at university-level language education
- Explore university teachers’ and students’ perceptions of the CEFR
- Highlight what further action may be necessary to strengthen common language education in Europe.

Call for Papers:

In order to register for the conference, fill in the registration form available at and send it to . Abstracts should be 150-250 words in length and must be received by 30 April 2017.

The conference is built around the following theme strands:

1. The CEFR in national contexts: dilemmas and debates
Strand 1 will focus on current issues relating to the role, relevance and scope of the CEFR in European countries: approaches to the CEFR in educational systems, criticism of the CEFR, the extent of the interpretation and implication of the CEFR in national policy and policy documents, and current policy debates.

2. The CEFR, the EQF, and the NQF: relations and interpretations
The focus here is on the issues relating to the (non)interface between the CEFR and the National Qualifications Framework, national policy and practice and how educational institutions address these aspects.

3. Applying the CEFR in language curricula and language teaching: problems and solutions
Strand 3 will explore the issues concerned with the educational implications of the CEFR at university level in language curricula. Presentations may refer to how we address the CEFR in our language curricula, how we interpret reference levels of language proficiency presented in the CEFR, or what kind of approaches, methods and techniques of teaching we use to promote plurilingualism in language teaching and integrate language competences set out by the CEFR.

4. Implementing the CEFR in textbooks
Strand 4 will focus on the way publishers and authors of language textbooks use the CEFR in European countries and how state authorities (or relevant institutions) validate the textbooks used in educational systems at the tertiary level.

5. Implementing the CEFR in language certifications/assessment
The focus here is on the issues relating to the implementation of the CEFR in language examinations/assessment: the interpretation of the language proficiency levels presented in the CEFR by authors of language proficiency tests, the application of the relevant aspects of language use and language competence set out by the CEFR in language tests/examinations, the comparability of various language certifications and assessment procedures and principles of quality management.

6. The role of the CEFR in teacher education
This strand will explore attention given to the CEFR in teacher training programmes in European countries with reference to pre-service and in-service teacher training, knowledge and use of the CEFR by teachers.

7. The CEFR through students’ eyes
Strand 7 will focus on university students’ perception, awareness and understanding of the CEFR.

8. Understanding the CEFR through research
The focus here is on the ways in which research may broaden our understanding of the CEFR and how it may be applied in tertiary language education.

9. Integrating the CEFR and intercultural competence
Researchers make a plea for a holistic approach to intercultural and language competences. This strand will explore the issues in relation to the conceptualization of intercultural competence in the CEFR in the national context: the integration of intercultural and language competences in learning outcomes, language teaching, language and non-language curricula.

10. Exemplifying good practice in applying the CEFR
The focus here is on constructive language education practices at the policy and teaching levels, their principles and application.

11. Evolution of the CEFR
This strand will focus on how the CEFR has been changing over time. Presentations may refer to how the constructs and descriptors of the CEFR have been modified to better serve language education and which way the CEFR may go in the future.

12. The CEFR in a lingua franca context
The aim of strand 12 is to answer questions: Is the CEFR fit for purpose? Does it prepare language learners for international communication with non-native speakers of the target language?

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