What's involved for participants?

I'm interested in finding out how the CEFR descriptors work when you use them to assess learners. I ask you to do this in two ways: first to assess two learners whom you know well, so you are able to judge several aspects of their competence; then to assess some samples of writing by learners whom you've never met, so you can only judge some aspects of their writing (but you have an actual example of this in front of you).


In practice,  this is what I ask you to do:


  1. Complete an initial online survey. This will ask some basic information about you, your teaching experience and your kind of teaching you are currently engaged in (secondary school, private language school, university...). It will also ask what levels you are currently teaching.
  2. Choose two students, at two different levels. I will tell you which levels to choose from using information you have given me in step 1 above. You can ask for volunteers for this. Each student will be asked to complete a short writing task. As long as they are willing to do this it doesn't matter who you choose.
  3. Ask each student to complete a writing task. You can chose tasks from a booklet which you can download from this website. You will also find a link the booklet in the emails that you will receive in step.
  4. Send the completed writing tasks to me. You can do this by uploading from within each survey (step 5 below), or you can send the tasks as attachments to an email. You can send them as Word or text files if the students write their work on a computer, or as scanned images if they write by hand. The completed tasks will be assessed by other participants in step 6, below.
  5. For each of these two students, complete an online survey consisting of 40 "can do" statements. I will send you two emails, each with a link to a survey for one of your two chosen students student.
  6. Some weeks later I will send you a link to another (final!) survey, containing also some samples of writing from other participants. You are asked to assess these using a short list of "can do" statements

Privacy and confidentiality

All of the information that you end will be treated as confidential. I will not reveal your name, or any information which might enable other s to identify you, in any publication. Similarly, I will not reveal the identities of any of your students. I will anonymise their written work before passing it on to other participants to asses; that is, I will delete personal names and any other information which might make it possible to identify any individual.