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The Common European Framework of Reference uses six levels (A1 to C2) to describe language ability.
Where can I find clues to syllabus content?
See 3.6 Content coherence in Common Reference Levels (pages 33-36) of 264-page PDF complete document or read some of the Cambridge ESOL examination handbooks (downloadable from their resources for teachers section).
Why will I only find clues?
It has become fashionable to specify language syllabuses in terms of communicative language competences, a vague phrase which invites pages of tedious explanation, often of little practical use to teachers and learners. Cambridge ESOL Exams sensibly refer to these competences as 'Can Do' statements.
Why does the current Common European Framework of Reference avoid specifying topics, settings and vocabulary areas?
It is argued that a common framework scale should be context-free in order to accommodate generalisable results from different speciﬁc contexts.
In what ways were previous Council of Europe syllabus specifications better than today's Common European Framework of Reference?
Earlier Council of Europe specifications such as Waystage 1990 (at pre-intermediate level) and Threshold 1990 (at Intermediate level) attempted to link the Notional/Functional approach to structural syllabus design. They were shorter, more manageable documents. They also gave greater practical help to teachers and learners by providing detailed lists of microfunctions, grammatical forms, and vocabulary. No teacher or learner operates in a context-free environment, and those following general English courses or examination syllabuses such as Cambridge ESOL's FCE should expect topics such as Meeting and Greeting, Home Life, Education and Work, Free Time, Leisure and Entertainment, The Media, Holidays and Travel.
Why should learners be careful when language schools describe their approach as 'communicative'?
Pinning down the perfect communicative syllabus requires a model as complex as John Munby's "Communicative Syllabus Design". The model is so detailed that few language schools would have sufficient resources, time or skills (among their teaching staff) to deliver it. This kind of approach, too frequently hyped as Communicative Language Teaching when only general English is really on offer, comes into its own in the field of English for Specific Purposes in one-to-one classes or small groups when teachers are already very familiar with the particular variety of English required and the context in which it is used. This usually needs an overseas posting of at least two years on-site within specific settings e.g. a telecommunications company or an advertising agency.
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If you really require general English you should look for teachers with a good knowledge of the structural syllabus (covering several different levels of proficiency) and the ability to represent syntax by picking out useful language functions. An experienced teacher also ought to be able to anticipate the most useful (survival) topics and to have rehearsed the vocabulary syllabus. A teacher who advertises their approach as 'communicative', 'authentic', 'task-based', 'learner-centred' or 'tailored to your needs' may not be able to meet any of the real requirements. Buzz-words and marketing terms will rarely lead you to a good teacher. It is better to look for one who has an interest in language as syntax and semantics.
Cambridge English Exams are accepted by 20,000 universities, employers and governments around the world, so their examination board CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH is the leading one in the UK for English language learning, offering KET, PET, FCE, CPE, etc. They also offer CELTA and DELTA as exam qualifications for teachers of English.
Using the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference,
KET is A2 (BASIC); PET is B1 (INDEPENDENT); FCE is B2 (INDEPENDENT); CAE is C1 (PROFICIENT); and CPE is C2 (PROFICIENT).
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