Making the Framework Work: Assessment of Academic English Writing Using the Common European Framework
R.L. Present-Thomas (Speaker)
Activity: Lecture / Presentation › Academic
Since 2001, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF) has increasingly been used in institutional and even governmental settings as a common standard for reporting language proficiency. Due to its importance as the major language of international communication but despite the fact that the current framework is underdeveloped with regards to the relevant skills and levels, higher education institutions across Europe and beyond have since imposed CEF-based student entrance and graduation guidelines for English language proficiency. Through a combination of cross-sectional and longitudinal data collection among VU students and written L2 English corpus analysis, this research project aims to fill in the gaps and empirically identify the linguistic skills underlying the CEF descriptors for advanced writing proficiency in English.