Standards in Teaching and Learning Language through the classification of can do statements..or functions!

 

What words most stand out in the sphere?
That’s right, information, capacity, communicate, and level. ALTE and CEFR unify criteria and standardizes the learning and teaching of languages for learners and teachers. If we are studying for a standardized exam, the TKT, that is recognized throughout the world, then so are our learners with the use of ALTE and CEFR.

So far, your posts have been very reflective and very astute.
Here is a chart for you to see the relationship between the two standards of language teaching in Europe.

From the British Council Examinations Services in Bogota, http://www.britishcouncil.org/colombia-exams-ielts-common-european-framework-cambridge-esol-and-alte.pdf

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  1. #1 by perliuzh on March 15, 2012 - 3:19 am

    Hi Ellen,
    Thanks for the chart!
    I agree with what you said: “If we are studying for a standardized exam, the TKT, that is recognized throughout the world, then so are our learners with the use of ALTE and CEFR”

    Once my french teacher told me that level C2 is very strict and if we, as mexicans, present an level C2 exam, we will probably fail it… What do you think about this?

    • #2 by I can do this on March 21, 2012 - 3:01 pm

      Perla,
      I do not agree with that. I believe that in order to pass a proficiency level exam like the CPE, you need arduous work and years of study in order to go beyond learning English. I know several teachers who after long years of studying and speaking in English, reading in English, teaching English, andlistening to English and although they have never gone to an English speaking country, they have passed the CPE Cambridge ESOL exam. It was not an easy road by any means for any of them. Some of them said that they would have liked to have studied literature in English before taking the exam to be able to understand genres, poetry, and structures in writing with more clarity. Of the six teachers I can think of at the moment, three have studied in the US at least one year, but the other three have not.

      I believe that with hard work and determination with mentors who point you in the right direction to continually increase your language skills, that passing the proficiency exam is indeed a possibility. The difference is, are most people willing to put in the extra work?
      Ellen

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