The British Council and EAQUALS have joined together to create a core curriculum inventory for the English language based around key. Sheehan, Susan () The British Council/EAQUALS core curriculum inventory – the core of English taught at CEFR levels A1 to C1. If you have been following the development of the “core inventory” by the British Council, in association with EAQUALS, all this will sound.

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Regrettably, our institution, like every other, does not cater for such students. Declan, your comment really deserves to be the main post for this thread — your easuals take on the Core Inventory CI is extremely well argued and, well, balanced.

And wondered just what use it was. He prefers drinking to dancing. What does a successful CLIL course look like? But why do we need an inventory at allespecially one that is derived only from coursebooks and intuitions, rather than from, say, corpus data? Thanks, Julia, for that thoughtful and detailed overview of the English Profile project. Fill in your details coouncil or click an icon to log in: Combined with mobile technology, it conjures up a vision of language teaching reduced entirely to the delivery of tweet-sized morsels of britiwh and grammar, conveniently labelled and packaged.

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We are really keen to involve the ELT community in our efforts and any feedback or comments from the people posting here would be gratefully received… You can contact us via our website, chat on our forum which is in its infancy and not really attracting many contributors as yet or come to one of our events and heckle! In this sense, it is entirely compatible with a communicative and task-based approach: EL Gazette, DecemberIssuep.


For a novice teacher, differences between levels are incredibly difficult to discern and they have trouble distinguishing s beginner from an intermediate learner as well as often underestimating the level of what is ostensibly an advanced student.

Oh go on, have a spring roll. If one thought that all teaching materials looked the same before, then developments like this can only accentuate that sinking feeling. No bibliography at all — or index a pet peeve of mine 7. Maybe Headway the fourth?

These sentences must them be strung together to make amusing short role plays to be performed in front of the class. I think the fact that you, as an educational manager, have to map your coursebooks eaqquals to the CEFR is indicative of the way the CEFR is liberally invoked by publishers but not rigorously applied.

The Core Inventory for General English – Eaquals

To make this website work, we log user data and share it with processors. Patrick, inspired by your comment, I did a quick trawl through English Grammatical Structure Alexander et al.

Email required Address never made public. Then I compared them to students who were studying where I worked. In a way, we as the professional community are to blame, at least those of us who answered the questionnaire on which their findings were based. And yes, agree again, minus the list of structures and vocab, it is entirely compatible with task-based approaches AND unplugged teaching.

He is scarcely moving his lips. I tend to agree.

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I should add that Evan Frendo has also been blogging about the Core Inventory — and it was in fact Evan who put me on to it: Thanks for your comment, Alex. With practice comes mastery. A further activity is for higher level students to choose a random item from the list every morning and try and surreptitiously include it in as many of the conversations they have during the day as possible.


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I suppose, in its defense, it does answer a need, on the part of some teachers and institutions, and maybe even students, to know how to operationalise the CEFR descriptors, within the parameters of a basically coursebook-driven, PPP methodology. Thanks, Scott, for another excellent post!

Yes, I confess I have conflated all three things — I only had coucnil and it is a mashup after all. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! It was actually a book called English Grammatical Structurepublished inand jointly authored by Louis Alexander, W.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here So our B2 speaking students with A1 writing skills sat alongside A2 speaking students with B1 writing skills.

It justifies the claim that the C.

For those few minutes, my A2 class ostensibly became B2. Bonus points are awarded for the longest meaningful exchanges such as:.

The current orthodoxy, which amounts to little more than collective britiwh to my mind, seems in little danger of collapse.

This project de facto promotes a bottom-up approach to both learning and teaching.