KRISTOF SAVSKI (PRINCE OF SONGKLA UNIVERSITY)

READING AND UNDERSTANDING CEFR : ELT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Today, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is widely used in language teaching and learning. It is now most often introduced to teachers from above, by government agencies, in order to set targets and force through policy reform. The issue with such a top-down approach to using CEFR is that it discourages teachers from reading the framework and making up their own minds about how it can be relevant to them and to their students. In this workshop, we will look at methods that can help teachers understand the language and structure of CEFR, and how such understanding can be translated into teaching practice. We will also look at how the some of the characteristics of the ‘action-based approach’, the teaching philosophy that CEFR is intended to represent, could be relevant to English classrooms in Thailand and elsewhere in Asia.

Kristof Savski is a lecturer at Prince of Songkla University in Hat Yai, Thailand, and holds a PhD in Linguistics from Lancaster University in the UK. His areas of expertise are language policy, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics and TESOL.