What is the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference)?

The Common European Framework of Reference, or CEFR, represents a guideline used to describe achievement of learners of foreign languages. The guide is applied across Europe and is some other non-European countries such as Columbia, Australia and the Philippines. So let’s see what is so special about this Framework. How it all started? It all started with the ‘Language Learning for European Citizenship’ project between 1989 and 1996 during which a need for a common European framework for languages arouse. This was necessary in order to improve the recognition of…

Your Language Learning Experience in School

The word studying has gotten a bad reputation in the last few years. Mention the word and you see people cringe in agony. To study is to die a long painful death due to immense boredom. We no longer study a language, we learn it instead. Here is why People associate the word studying with more traditional language learning methods. Especially those they use in schools. In school, your only motivation was probably to pass the exams, not to really speak the language. Void of any deeper motivation, it was…

Know your learning style

The term “learning styles” speaks to the understanding that every student learns differently. Technically, an individual’s learning style refers to the preferential way in which the student absorbs, processes, comprehends and retains information. For example, when learning how to build a clock, some students understand the process by following verbal instructions, while others have to physically manipulate the clock themselves. This notion of individualized learning styles has gained widespread recognition in education theory and classroom management strategy. Individual learning styles depend on cognitive, emotional and environmental factors, as well as…