CEFR, ELP and Key Skills

In this section, you will find documents detailing the Common European Framework of Reference, the European Language Portfolio and key skills.


Article List

    • Language Self-Assessment Grid

      The language self assessment grid is one of the key tools provided by the Council of Europe in the CEFR. It is a combination of the ‘can-do descriptors’, the five language skills and six competence levels. See

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    • Council of Europe Tools for Language Teaching: CEFR and ELPs

      This publication is a grea practical tool to develop language courses based on the CEFR and European Language Portfolio

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    • CEFR Mind Map

      This mind map of the Common European Framework of Reference for language learning, teaching and assessment (CEFR) summarises the CEFR key principles, practical tools, key dates and outcome.

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    • 7. A1 Topic- based Can Do Checklists – More topics

      The A1 topic-based checklists of can do descriptors can serve as planning tools for teachers or goal setting and self-assessment tools for learners. Topics included in this section: Numbers and the Calendar, Food and Shops, Colours, Weather and Holidays.

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    • 5. CEFR, ELP and Key Skills Mind Map

      This mind map illustrate how the Key Skills which underline the new Junior Cycle curriculum match the key principles of the CEFT and ELP, while plurilingualism and intercultural competence can be considered as further enrichment.

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    • 4. ELP Mind Map

      The European Language Portfolio (ELP) mind map summarises the ELP underlying principles, key components, functions for learners and teachers.

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    • 3. New. CEFR Links for language testers and examiners

      New. CEFR Links for language testers and examiners

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    • 2. New. CEFR Links and resources for MFL teachers

      These links an resources have been selected as more teacher-friendly. They also include language-specific links for teachers of Spanish, German, French and Italian.

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    • 1. New. The CEFR and the MFL classroom

      This brief overview of the CEFR from a MFL teacher’s perspective was presented at the PDST MFL Alive seminar (Maynooth, Nov 7th, 2015). Starting with the ‘bigger picture’, including the CEFR origin and purpose but also its dynamic/’work in progress’ nature and its widespread and spreading impact..

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