By Christophe Chazarein
Translated by Sophie Horrocks

The CEFR and its influence on language learning
Document produced as part of the Erasmus+ project
“Best practices for teaching”
Training session in Toulouse, March 2018

CEFR = Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
Since its publication, this document has huge importance for all aspects of language learning.
The most important aspect of the CEFR is the different levels. These appear everywhere, as shown in the following picture.
The ‘Common European Framework of Reference for Languages’ (CEFR) is accepted in a large number of education systems of the world (not just in Europe.)
It is the ‘foundation’ of current language learning/ teaching.
What then is it?

Some facts about the CEFR

Seven facts about the CEFR
Leading institution: The Council of Europe (Don’t confuse with the EU!)
Authors: A collective of lecturers/ linguists
Publication: 2001 (in progress since 1991)
Subtitle: Learning, teaching, evaluation
Main linguistic-political idea: multilingual capabilities
Number of versions: In 40 languages
Publication of the Esperanto version: 2008