A truly exemplary study

Anyone interested in or concerned with the validity of the CEFR scales should read this recent article by Katrin Wisniewski. It is based on a study in which learners' spoken productions were recorded and assessed for CEFR level by trained raters. Then transcripts of the recordings were searched to discover whether the linguistic features that are supposed to be characteristic of CEFR levels actually occur in the productions of learners at those levels. Remarkable for its academic rigour as well as its findings.

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