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This was a paper presented in the "Language Education and TESOL Postgraduate Student Conference" on 3 July 2012 ...

This was a paper presented in the "Language Education and TESOL Postgraduate Student Conference" on 3 July 2012
in the School of Education, University of Leeds, UK.
The paper talks about Lantech English Courses Framework that was adapted from the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
Lantech Institute for Training and Education, Hodeidah, Yemen, developed their new framework in 2010.
The video of this presentation is on:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNKOj84keUM
https://www.youtube.com/user/fadhlab

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  • 1. Adaptingthe Common European Framework (CEF) to the Local Context Procedures, Challenges and Solutions` TESOL Students Conference 3 July 2012 School of Education University of Leeds ADAPTING THE COMMON EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK (CEF)
  • 2. ContentThe ContextThe need for the change:ProceduresThe new frameworkChallenges & solutions ADAPTING THE COMMON EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK (CEF)
  • 3. ADAPTING THE COMMON EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK (CEF)
  • 4. The context1. English status in the community2. The institute (Lantech Institute)3. English courses ADAPTING THE COMMON EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK (CEF)
  • 5. The need for the change1. The ambiguity of the existing frameworks all over the area.2. The increasing demand for international exams.3. The need for quality assurance of the English teaching process.4. The weak outcomes of the English teaching programs all over the area.The need for the reform ADAPTING THE COMMON EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK (CEF)
  • 6. Procedures1. Forming a committee2. Searching for an international reference framework.3. Consulting local and foreign experts.4. Selecting a reference framework (CEFR).5. Adapting the framework in form of leveled courses6. Selecting/adapting/ designing the teaching materials7. Consulting some experts to ensure the new framework quality.8. Piloting and applying the new framework Meeting regularly and evaluating each stage ADAPTING THE COMMON EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK (CEF)
  • 7. SELECTING A REFERENCE FRAMEWORKThe Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) ADAPTING THE COMMON EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK (CEF)
  • 8. Selecting a reference frameworkThe Common European Framework of Reference forLanguages (CEFR)1. a six-level framework of language performance2. states general objectives to be achieved for each stage rather than examining them.3. most of the well-known international examination board claims the relationship of their exams to the Framework. ADAPTING THE COMMON EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK (CEF)
  • 9. Selecting a reference frameworkThe Common European Framework of Reference forLanguages (CEFR) A1 Breakthrough A Basic User A2 Waystage B1 Threshold B Independent User B2 Vantage C1 Effective Operational C Proficient User Proficiency C2 Mastery ADAPTING THE COMMON EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK (CEF)
  • 10. Selecting a reference frameworkAn example of the CEFR description:Reading:• A1: I can understand familiar names, words and very simple sentences, for example on notices and posters or in catalogues.• C2: I can read with ease virtually all forms of the written language, including abstract, structurally or linguistically complex texts such as manuals, specialised articles and literary works.http://www.uta.fi/kielikeskus/CEF/CEF.htm ADAPTING THE COMMON EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK (CEF)
  • 11. The New framework• A 22-level framework comprising 1060 classroom hours• Assumed 2120 hours for home and self study the more advanced the course, the more self study hours assigned• Four exam-preparation courses of 40 hours after each stage Depends on the exam the learners would like to set for ADAPTING THE COMMON EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK (CEF)
  • 12. Relationship with Period Samples of the relat. Stage/ Level No. Course name** CEF* (hours) With intl. exams Access A Starters 30 (for children) B Movers 1. Beginners A 50 2. Beginners B 50 Basic 3. Elementary A 50 A1+ 4. Elementary B 50 5. Pre-Intermediate A 50 Independent A2 6. Pre-Intermediate B 50 KET, IELTS(3), 7. Intermediate A 50 B1 8. Intermediate B 50 PET, IELTS(4), Optional exam preparation course 40 TOEFL(57-86) 9. upper- Intermediate A 50 Advanced 10. upper- Intermediate B 50 11. Advanced A 50 B2 + 12. Advanced B 50 Optional exam preparation course 40 FCE, IELTS(5.5), 13. Proficient A 1 50 Proficient 14. Proficient A 2 50 A 15. Proficient A 3 50 C1 16. Proficient A 4 50 Optional exam preparation course 40 CAE, IELTS(6.5- 7.0), 17. Proficient B 1 50 Proficien 18. Proficient B 2 50 ADAPTING THE COMMON EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK (CEF) B 19. Proficient B 3 50
  • 13. The course materials• Headway plus• Supplementary materials assigned by the department committee• 20% of the time of each course left for free activities flexible for the teacher’s and learners’ choice ADAPTING THE COMMON EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK (CEF)
  • 14. The results• Clear understanding of what we do• Massive increasing rate of the numbers of learners• Learners continues to take more courses• More trust from the learners, parents and organisations• More recognition to the institute certificate ADAPTING THE COMMON EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK (CEF)
  • 15. Sample of the Certificate - FrontADAPTING THE COMMON EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK (CEF)
  • 16. Sample of the Certificate - BackADAPTING THE COMMON EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK (CEF)
  • 17. The Main Challenges & Solutions1. Assigning a sequenced series of levels2. Giving a detail description to each level of our framework3. Selecting/adapting or designing the teaching materials4. Placement tests5. Teachers6. Learners and Community7. Length of the program ADAPTING THE COMMON EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK (CEF)
  • 18. Adapting the CEFR to the Local ContextThe ContextThe need for the change:ProceduresThe new frameworkChallenges & solutions ADAPTING THE COMMON EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK (CEF)
  • 19. Work with a clearvision of the end ADAPTING THE COMMON EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK (CEF)
  • 20. Thanks for Listening Questions Fadhel Abdullah fadhlab2@gmail.comADAPTING THE COMMON EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK (CEF)