I noticed that 3.1 will be including a framework for using competency statements to describe students' learning. There was an example of using the Common European Framework for language leaning in the Moodle 3.1 prototype page.
This is something I'm really excited about. But there didn't seem to be a complete set (A1 to C2) of CEFR competencies in the list. Does anybody know if this is being worked on? Or if there is a group working on CEFR I'd be glad to help.
Hello there. You will have seen those on the CBE Prototype site http://prototype.moodle.net/cbe-school/
This is a test site for people to explore CBE, set up by the HQ developers working on it. Helen and I were asked if we'd like to add some more content to it to give people something more to play with/experiment with, so being a former languages teacher I added examples of CEFR and an example course using them (still work in progress) I simply referred to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_Languages and added them manually
My understanding is (and I am still learning about them too) is that you can add any framework yourself, manually or via a file import, so it is not that CEFR will be added to Moodle but that, if you wish, you will be able to add them yourself.
I've been in regular contact with one of the original authors of the CEFR, Enrica Piccardo (We participate in the same SIG in Toronto). She's also recently completed a similar self-assessment schema for Canada: http://language.ca/
The Council of Europe stress that the CEFR Can do's are a starting point, a kind of template, that should be adapted to the particular learners, contexts, and situations that they are to be used in. The CEFR Can do's were originally developed in parallel (not translated) in two languages; English and French. Unfortunately, they've become a kind of standardised one-size-fits-all assessment rubric, thereby losing many of the advantages of the CEFR's original design.
To make matters worse, the popularly distributed version of Can do's for levels A1 - C2 mostly contain obscure, difficult to understand terms even for experienced EFL and ESL teachers and are wholly unsuitable for learner-led self-assessment.
That Moodle Admins, Managers, and Teachers can design their own CEFR rubrics and use them for CBR is a step in the right direction but having a computer algorithm control which criteria get ticked or having a teacher essentially do it for them circumvents one of the main principles of the CEFR: learners reflecting on their own language learning and real-world language use.
I hope this helps!
Thanks for your advice! Also for the references. I'll check them out.
CEFR is being pushed by the Japapnese Ministry of Education and there has been quite a bit of semi-controversal discussion of J-CEFR so far. We need to do a lot more investigation!
Thanks for the explanation!
Thanks also for putting up CEFR as an example. I'll be lookin g forward to trying it soon.