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British Council – EAQUALS Core Inventory for General English

A Core Inventory for General English
Brian North, Angeles Ortega and Susan Sheehan Publication data Copyright British Council/EAQUALS (European Association for Quality Language Services) except where otherwise stated. ISBN: 978-086355-653-1

The embedding of the CEFR in English Language Teaching has been a long process but we have now reached a stage where the CEFR levels and the competences are a core component of teacher training and of daily teacher practice. As a global organisation we at the British Council appreciate the significance of the CEFR. Our websites and teacher resources are global and need the structure and definition provided by the CEFR to make our work more coherent. The British Council is committed to supporting teachers of English worldwide and providing them with training and resources. Applying, and where needed adapting, the CEFR to their own teaching approach is an important competence for teachers, and for many teachers extra training, resources and support are needed to make this successful. This project aims to be one of those resources – providing support to teachers in applying the CEFR to their daily work, by providing a practical inventory of language points that should be a part of a balanced course at each level of the CEFR. Our goal is to provide direction for teachers in how to select inventory items and plan lessons that will help students gain the competences they need within CEFR. This project started many years ago as a modest attempt to pull together a core list of discrete language points and key lexis for each level of the CEFR. I set it up as a database of language points and exponents somewhat loosely tied to CEFR levels, as a guide to coursebook contents and lesson planning. To help teachers focus on while planning lessons. It was only partly successful as it did not benefit from the academic rigour and research background which this kind of...


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