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Dr. Erwin Tschirner: ACTFL and the CEFR: Where shall the Twain meet?

When: Friday, April 21, 2017
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Central

Where: McCormick Foundation Center, Mc Cormick Foundation Center 3127, 1870 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Franziska Lys   847.491.8298

Group: Department of German

Category: Academic


Professor Erwin Tschirner of the University of Leipzig.

There are many similarities between the ACTFL framework and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) because of their common base: the Inter-Agency Language Roundtable (ILR) Scale used by the US government. The differences derive both from the different purposes and historical developments of both frameworks. Whereas the ACTFL framework started as a blueprint for the development of assessment instruments, most notably the Oral
Proficiency Interview (OPI), the CEFR started as a framework for teaching and learning foreign languages for adults traveling to or moving to other countries within Europe, with a clear focus on the communicative and task-based approaches current at the time. This presentation will first trace the histories of both frameworks explaining their similarities and differences. It will then summarize the results of studies trying to establish correspondences between both frameworks,
and finally, it will look at recent developments that may be of use to US language educators interested in working with both frameworks.


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