Setting a standard: the CEF and the teaching of English

Pham Tan

Setting standards is a current trend in education in Vietnam. The last ten years have witnessed whole-hearted attempts at ensuring quality in universities, high-schools, and elementary schools by establishing academic norms and standards. In the field of ELT, there has been discussion about adopting the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF) proposed in Europe in 2000, a professional tool for language learning, teaching and assessment which has increasingly been enjoying international popularity.

This paper aims to keep our teachers of English informed about the CEF. The paper attempts to explain its background, clarify some of its contents, and provide concrete examples of ways in which it has been used. Above all, the paper explores some possible implications the CEF can have for our Vietnamese teaching and learning context, guarding the teachers against glocalisation.