13 Mar

Do you know why your English book have an A,B or C at the front or at the back on it? Does it have any relation with the topic above? Did you know that those letters are related with the ALTE and CEFR? But what do ALTE and CEFR mean?

ALTE (Association of Language Testers in Europe)

CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference)

Would these acronyms be important for teachers?

As teachers we must to know these terms because when we apply for a test the result will be related with a level which is going to be taken from the CEFR which at the same time is related with the ALTE.

What am I mean?

Let’s see:

“The ALTE works closely with testing organizations, schools and academics worldwide to support the developments of language testing in theory and practice while the CEFR helps to define language proficiency levels and interpret language qualifications.”

So, all Cambridge English Exams are developed using the principles and approaches of the CEFR.

In a few words the ALTE describes what learners can actually do in a foreign language or how much they know about: listening, speaking, writing and reading. The ALTE has three general areas: Social and Tourist, Work, and Study.  Which one of these areas are categorized in six different levels that the CEFR has, which are from the A1/A2 for basic users, B1/B2 for independent users and C1/C2 for Proficient users.

Did you get it?

This is the first time I have read about this topic. Now I can understand why the books that I have had from other semesters and schools had an A1 or A2 and the last ones had the B1 or B2 in bold at the back, and now I realized that it’s because it is referred to the CEFR level! Moreover, I have noticed that each exam has been organized to find in which areas the learner is good at. I can’t believe how well organized is the material that we get at school and how every English program has relation with an association that it is known worldwide.

Don’t you learn something new every day?


Posted by on 13/03/2012 in TKT HOMEWORK



  1. I can do this

    13/03/2012 at 10:08 pm

    BINGO! Isn’t it amazing how everything is so established? Now, we have the guidelines to write a coursebook. No? At least we can use one with more understanding.

    • yesyhd

      13/03/2012 at 10:47 pm

      Hi Ellen!

      You’re right! Before this, I had no idea what the B2 of my book meant, but after this research I could finally understand it, it really surprised me!

      I used to think that it didn’t have any meaning, or it was something that only the book’s designer could understand, however it’s amazing how everything has a meaning, it’s wasn’t a decoration of the book…



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