The project

Making the CEFR/CV more user-friendly: fine-tuning descriptors with Learner Corpus Research (LCR) results

A comprehensive description of Spanish learner language at different CEFR levels has not been achieved yet, which has impeded the fine-tuning of CEFR/CV descriptors so that Spanish users can benefit from the full potential of these documents.

The main aim of this research project is to make the CEFR/CV more user-friendly to Spanish CEFR/CV users (stakeholders and end-users). To do so, the Fine-Desc learner corpus (a learner corpus of written learner English by L1 Spanish students) is being compiled and analysed to inform descriptors for the communicative language competences and the plurilingual and pluricultural competence. Attention is paid to five main variables in the analysis of learner language to inform the descriptors, namely, CEFR level (B1, B2 and C1), the learner's L1, considering bilingual speakers (Spanish, Galician, Basque, Valencian, Catalan), status of English (EFL1, EFL2, ESL, etc.) and learner's gender.

Project PID2020-117041GA-I00 funded by MCIN/AEI/10.13039/501100011033