Judgmental evaluation of the CEFR by stakeholders in language testing

Mathea Simons, Jozef Colpaert

Abstract

This study provides insights into the judgmental evaluation of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) by stakeholders or users. Given its widespread use and the debates surrounding it, a deeper analysis was required regarding their experiences when applying the CEFR in their daily practice of language testing, their perceptions on possible improvements and priorities. One hundred eighty-eight users, representing several groups of stakeholders, attended a conference on the topic and participated in discussion groups. These discussion groups were nourished by data obtained by a pre-conference survey and followed by a voting process on priorities for improving the Framework. The results show that the respondents have a positive attitude towards the CEFR. They use it for several purposes and consider its usefulness, authenticity and applicability as positive aspects. The degree of detail and practicality are assessed less positively. The most important recommendation for improvement lies in further fine-tuning and in improving practice and implementation.


Keywords

CEFR; language testing; usefulness; improvements; prioritization

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