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CEFR for English Language Assessment in China

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Edited by 
Yan Jin, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Guoxing Yu, University of Bristol, UK

Purpose of this thematic series is to discuss the applicability of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) for English language assessment in local contexts and introduce the work on developing a framework for English language education in China.


Editorial

Foreword to the Special Issue “The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) for English Language Assessment in China” of Language Testing in Asia

J. Charles Alderson

Language Testing in Asia 2017 7:20
Published on: 22 November 2017

 

Research

Developing the China Standards of English: challenges at macropolitical and micropolitical levels

A project has recently been proposed by the National Education Examinations Authority, P. R. China, to develop a national framework of reference for English language education, provisionally called China Stand...

Yan Jin, Zunmin Wu, Charles Alderson and Weiwei Song

Language Testing in Asia 2017 7:1
Published on: 31 January 2017

 

Research

Developing common listening ability scales for Chinese learners of English

The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) developed by Council of Europe has been gaining popularity since its publication in 2001, and reshaping the practice in language teaching, learning and assessm...

Lianzhen He and Dajian Chen

Language Testing in Asia 2017 7:4
Published on: 15 February 2017

 

Research

Exploring the adaptability of the CEFR in the construction of a writing ability scale for test for English majors

The CEFR, ever since its inception, has had profound impact on language teaching, learning, and assessment not only in Europe but also in other parts of the world. This study focuses on the adaptability of CEF...

Shen Zou and Wenxing Zhang

Language Testing in Asia 2017 7:18
Published on: 15 November 2017

 

Research

Looking beyond scores: validating a CEFR-based university speaking assessment in Mainland China

The present study examined the validity of a university-based speaking assessment (Test of Oral Proficiency in English, TOPE for short) in mainland China. The speaking assessment was developed to meet the stan...

Li Liu and Guodong Jia

Language Testing in Asia 2017 7:2
Published on: 6 February 2017

 

Research

Calibrating the CEFR against the China Standards of English for College English vocabulary education in China

The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) (Council of Europe 2001) has, over the past decade, come to be widely used as a reference tool for teaching, learning and assessment (Alderson 2002; North 2014...

Wen Zhao, Boran Wang, David Coniam and Bingxue Xie

Language Testing in Asia 2017 7:5
Published on: 28 February 2017

 

Research

Developing reading proficiency scales for EFL learners in China

Since its publication in 2001, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages has exerted tremendous influence on language learning, teaching, and assessment in China. However, problems were also ide...

Yongqiang Zeng and Tingting Fan

Language Testing in Asia 2017 7:8
Published on: 7 June 2017