What is the Common European Framework of Reference?
The CEFR is a set of global benchmarks for language proficiency.
It is a framework of Reference to help teachers monitor and plan for language learning.
There are 5 communicative skills:
- Spoken interaction (for example, a two way conversation with questions and answers)
- Spoken production (for example, saying a prayer)
There are 6 levels of proficiency within each skill area.
The first 3 levels are:-
- A1 Breakthrough
- A2 Waystage
- B1 Threshold
They reflect the minimum proficiency required to access the curriculum.
The other 3 levels are :-
- B2 Vantage
- C1 Effective Operational Proficiency
- C2 Mastery
DE Policy (FAQ Question 9) states that when a pupil has reached all the benchmarks on the B1 level, they are no longer designated a ‘Newcomer’ pupil and the ‘end date’ must be included on SIMS.
DE POLICY ref: http://www.deni.gov.uk/guidelines_-_faq.pdf
DE does not require that pre-schools record a CEFR level for pupils, however some pre-school teachers have found ‘working towards A1 ‘ benchmarks useful.
If you need support or training on the use of CEFR , contact the IDS office