Please read carefully through each item on the following list of references in order to fully understand the basis for the work we have completed so far on the Terakki English Curriculum. This list does not represent a record of every source consulted in the research phase, but is instead meant to give teachers a relatively short guide for learning more about the curriculum project so that all of you may make meaningful contributions to its development in the coming year and beyond.

1. Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) - This is the big one, and I'm sure you're all familiar with it to some extent. I recommend a close read by all teachers, as it will really illuminate not only the curriculum project, but the organization, specific components, and broader goals of our department, as well.

2. EAQUALS Core Inventory for General Inventory - After the CEFR, this was one of the most useful documents uncovered during our research phase, and was just completed in the last 8 months. It is a joint project between the British Council and EAQUALS organization to create a core curriculum inventory in a variety of language areas, based on exhaustive reserach of schools and materials said to be "CEFR-based." It includes a core grammar inventory with extensive examples, and the grammar component of our curriculum is largely based on this. The document is not long, so I recommend a thorough read.

Also, go here to find more helpful supporting materials on curriculum development from EAQUALS.

3. Council of Europe materials - Under the first heading (COE Materials) in the long list of materials on this page are a list of books that all teachers should check out, according to level. Threshold 1990 was the first document actually published and was a central resource during the writing of the CEFR. It corresponds to the B1 level, and has thus been a reference that we have used extensively in the first phase of our own development process. Waystage 1990 was published shortly after and corresponds to the A2 level of the CEFR (and our curriculum). I recommend all primary teachers look at both of these documents, along with Breakthrough Specification, which is the A1 counterpart and also the most up-to-date of any of these publications. Finally, the Vantage (CUP) document will be of special interest to high school teachers as it corresponds to the B2 level.

4. English Vocabulary Profile - This was also mentioned in the curriculum presentation, and will be the foundation of our vocabulary program in the coming years. It is a searchable database of lexical forms categorized according to the reference level of EACH MEANING of each word. Users may search by American or British English and may filter according to topic area, part of speech, first letter, etc. It is truly an excellent resource that all Terakki teachers should be able to access in the coming months. For now, the preview version is linked and teachers may also explore the English Profile website for more information.

5. A presentation from April 2011by Neil Jones of CambridgeESOL

6. CambridgeESOL (October 2011)
Using the CEFR - Principles of Good Practice


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