Welcome to English Profile

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English Profile is a collaborative programme endorsed by the Council of Europe, designed to create a ‘profile’ or set of Reference Level Descriptions for English. These will provide detailed information about what learners 'can do' in English at each of the six levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), offering a clear benchmark for progress for English language learners.

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This site gives the background to the English Profile programme and provides access to our resources, including the English Vocabulary Profile, which is a searchable listing of the words and phrases typically produced by English language learners at each level of the CEFR. It provides information at word and sense level, as well as examples of the word in use by real learners, extremely useful for anyone in the ELT community. Subscription is free through this website.

If you would like to get involved, you can play a crucial role in English Profile research by contributing data to our corpus. You can also sign up to our newsletter and receive regular email updates relating to the programme, including information on resources, news and events. We hope you’ll join us.


Latest news

Fifteenth English Profile seminar

The fifteenth English Profile seminar will take place this week, on the 6th and 7th of February at the Cass centre (part of Cambridge University Press). Talks will be wide ranging as usual, with presentations from the fields of Pragmatics, Computational Linguistics and Learning Oriented Assessment. After the event, a summary of proceedings will be posted here for everyone who cannot make it.

Cambridge Days

Would you like to find out more about the English Vocabulary Profile?

The EVP will feature in a series of Cambridge Days to be held in Italy and Switzerland. Annette Capel, who is the main author of the EVP, will be giving talks in Naples, Rome, Bologna and Milan from the 4th to the 8th of November, and on the 9th in Switzerland. Further details of the Italian events can be found here, and the Swiss event here.

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