Changing the way the world
learns English
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Intellectual leadership
A few years from now, anyone wanting
to know about teaching or learning
English will turn to the University of
Cambridge
What is EP?
Different groups working together on a
long-term research programme to
understand what the Common European
Framework actually means for English
to investigate what learner English is really
like for different groups at different levels of
proficiency
to develop a set of level descriptions for all
four skills covering all the levels of the CEF
Why do we need English Profile?
CEF becoming more widely
used around the world
We have a broad-brush
description in the CEF, now
we need specific criteria
We need to make the criteria
more concrete and more
objective
The Common European
Framework (CEF) 6 levels
A Basic User
B Independent
User
C Proficient
User
A1 Breakthrough
B1 Threshold
C1 Effective
operational
proficiency
A2 Waystage
B2 Vantage
C2 Mastery
How reliable are the levels?
Years of
collective
expert opinion
and judgement
(examiners,
teachers) but
not enough
objective
verification
Using corpora
we can look at
large numbers
of learners
pre-assigned
to levels and
see how they
really use
language
Can do…
With what
• Can communicate in
… simple tasks…
routine matters
• Functions for
imparting / seeking
info
eg find way to shop
eg “Please (can you) tell me +
subordinate clause/ + NP”
Can do…
With what
• List of increasingly
complex things to do
• List of increasingly
sophisticated
language/lexis
Find the bus stop
Interrogative sentence
Answer questions at a press
conference
Expressing regret for not
agreeing
Can do…
With what
• Finite list
• Infinite collection of
examples ie EP
research data
Can do…
With what
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A1
A2
B1
B2
C1
C2
Examples
Examples
Examples
Examples
Examples
Examples
EP project goals in relation to the CEF
levels
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level
descriptions
for all levels of the
CEF (A1 to C2) in
line with the
Council of Europe’s
recent
recommendations
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a core
curriculum for
English
curriculum and
syllabus
documents linked
to the general
principles and
approaches of the
CEF
How it works: getting the work in and
the word out
Input
Working with the
network of
participants
• Corpus data
• Questionnaires
• Papers and
reports
• Benefits for
participants
• Feedback from
participants
Outcomes
• Web publishing
• Spin-off books
• Resources (e.g.
corpora)
EP will:
• Describe English at each level definitively
• Enhance learning, teaching and assessment
worldwide
Cambridge business benefits:
• Unique leadership position
• Publishing for professionals and learners
English Profile wordlists:
Vocabulary development A1-B2
British & American words
For use by:
• test developers
• materials writers
• syllabus designers
• Developed online
• Fully searchable
• The first English Profile
‘product’
• For internal use from
January 2010 to inform
research / publishing
• Available to general public
• teachers & teacher trainers
from 2011
English Profile
partners
Universities
U of Cambridge
British
Council
ESOL
CUP
Research Centre for
English and
Applied Linguistics (CEAL)
Computer Laboratory
U of Bedfordshire
CRELLA
English UK (national association of
accredited English language centres)
Sponsor roles
Cambridge UP
• Communication
including PR and
publishing
• Corpus
Cambridge ESOL
• Academic
coordination and
research
English Profile will:
• Describe English authoritatively
• Provide the ELT community with a
complete description of what it really
means to acquire a specific CEF level
• Enhance learning, teaching and
assessment worldwide
English Profile:
The Periodic Table for ELT
--------------Prescriptive
Descriptive
‘A few years from now, anyone wanting
to know about teaching or learning
English will turn to English Profile.’
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