Therefore, the pressure is on teacher educators who need to develop academic writing with beginner students (Level A1 from CEFRL) who are not familiar with writing in EFL at all.
Results from the Quick Placement Test (QPT) given to all entering students showed that most of them had a pre-intermediate level of English (B1 according to the CEFRL) and were enrolled in their second English language course out of eleven--all compulsory.
This may point to the need to reconsider the type of assessment used, so that students' marks will reflect their competence in terms of the CEFRL.
It is interesting to note, however, that despite the teachers' views and despite the overall general good marks achieved by students in the subject, teachers feel their students do not reach the level required by the CEFRL: A2 at the end of the compulsory stage (ESO) and B1 at the end of the post-compulsory stage (Bachillerato).
In this paper we focus exclusively on the teachers' answers to this questionnaire and, particularly, on their attitudes, beliefs and expectations towards issues such as the implementation of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL), the current practices in the teaching of oral skills, and the types of tests being devised for the assessment of Foreign Language oral skills.
Paradoxically, and worth pointing out here, is the CEFRL recommendation of the use of authentic material, specially at higher levels, provided the tasks are well-designed and help the learner to a better understanding of the text (Harmer 2000).
More specifically, we enquired whether they believe students in the 4 year ESO reach the A2 level of the CEFRL, and whether students in 2nd year Bachillerato reach the B1 level of the CEFRL.
They must also have an English level equivalent to CI according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL
), and they should preferably have at least a bi (CEFRL
) level in any other foreign language.
The test construction was carried out in order to regulate the students' access to the subject "English for Professional and Academic Communication" for which a B2 proficiency level, in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL), was established as a minimum level.
The University also established a B2 proficiency level, in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL), as a minimum level for students to enroll in the subject.