The English Profile Studies series

The English Profile Studies series publishes volumes which explore aspects of the CEFR, English language learning and teaching, and any research which contributes to our understanding of the way learners progress through the six levels of the CEFR. This includes specific case-studies as well as more general explorations of the CEFR, its use/impact, and ways of building on the Framework. The series also presents findings from English Profile research and other related projects, and is designed to be of interest to a wide range of users including teachers, curriculum designers and educational policy-makers, as well as language test developers, academic lecturers and researchers.

The series is jointly produced by Cambridge English Language Assessment and Cambridge University Press. A list of titles in the series, including those which will be published this year (2014) can be found below.

Criterial features in L2 English
The first in this series of publications is Criterial Features in L2 English (Hawkins, J. A. & Filipovic, L.) This volume introduces the concept of criteriality, i.e. the properties of learner language which are characteristic and indicative of L2 proficiency at each level of the CEFR. 




Language Functions Revisited

The second volume in the series, Language Functions Revisited (Green, A.) introduces the theoretical and empirical bases for defining English language learning levels in functional ‘Can Do’ terms.






Both volumes are available to purchase, please click on the links above.

Volume 3 coming soon: Immigrant pupils learn English, by Bronagh Catabusic and David Little. This volume reports on a longitudinal study of the acquisition of English L2 by by children from immigrant families in Ireland. The study explored the extent to which these children's L2 development confirmed the learning trajectory hypothesised in the English Language Proficiency Benchmarks, the officially sanctioned framework developed for Irish primary schools. The Benchmarks are an adaptation of the first three levels (A1 - B1) of the CEFR.

Volume 4 coming soon: The CEFR in Practice by Brian North. This volume combines an overview of the background and practical impact of the CEFR with a discussion of the contentious and varied debate the framework has provoked.

Volume 5, to be published towards the end of 2014: English Profile in Practice, written by members of the English Profile team including Julia Harrison, Annette Capel, Fiona Barker and Ben Knight. This book will present an overview of English Profile research to date, concentrating on projects whose findings have not yet appeared in published form, including the English Grammar Profile (see the 'grammar gems' on this website for further information about this project).

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