Student-Teacher Judgements on Common European Framework: Efficacy, Feasibility and Reality

İlin G.

Journal of Language and Literature Education, no.9, pp.8-19, 2014 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Title of Journal : Journal of Language and Literature Education
  • Page Numbers: pp.8-19


Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), which originally aims to 
provide a method of learning, teaching and assessing was soon adopted by various 
countries. Similarly, in Turkey, the curriculum designed for teaching English went 
through changes based on this framework. In line with this innovation, education 
programmes were implemented throughout the country to provide the in-service 
teachers with a ground to become familiar with the framework. In addition, two 
new courses were added to the curricula of language teacher education programmes 
at universities. However, not very much has been questioned on how teachers 
viewed this change. Inspired by this fact, this study attempts to describe how CEFR 
is perceived by one of the parties of the actual teaching learning community: 
student-teachers. The participants, at the time of the study were studying the 
framework in the fourth semester of their education in the English Language 
Teaching (ELT) Department of a Turkish university. Their views on the issue were 
elicited by means of three main standpoints; what they think about CEFR in general, 
the extent to which the framework can be followed in Turkey in their opinion, and 
finally, the probable positive and negative sides the framework brings to the system. 
The data were gathered through the field notes of the weekly discussion meetings 
and reflective essays student-teachers wrote on CEFR. Triangulation was realised by 
the follow-up interviews where final remarks of the participants were elicited. The 
results reveal problematic areas as orientation of teachers, adaptation of materials 
and providing and sustaining equal educational opportunities for all students.