More about the CEFR and OOPT
The new IEP program is designed to train individuals with no English ability up to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) B2 level. The CEFR is an international standard for describing language ability which is used for all European languages. The table below shows 3 main levels of English ability: (1) Basic user for CEFR levels A1 and A2, (2) Independent User for CEFR levels B1 and B2, (3) and Proficient user for CEFR levels C1 and C2.
|Proficient User||C2||Highly proficient – can use English very fluently, precisely and sensitively in most contexts|
|C1||Able to use English fluently and flexibly in a wide range of contexts|
|Independent User||B2||Can use English effectively, with some fluency, in a range of contexts|
|B1||Can communicate essential points and ideas in familiar contexts|
|Basic User||A2||Can communicate in English within a limited range of contexts|
|A1||Can communicate in basic English with help from the listener|
The B2 level is a common level required to study in international degree producing programs around the world such as Payap University’s International College (IC).
Prior to beginning the course, the IEP will test the student’s ability with the Oxford Online Placement Test (OOPT) which gives a CEFR rating as a grade for the test. More about the OOPT can be found here. Since the OOPT only test use of English and listening ability, an additional speaking and writing test is added to this assessment. The table below is a cross reference of the CEFR levels as they compare to TOEIC, IELTS and TOEFL iBT.
|CEFR Mapping of the Oxford Online Placement Test to International English Tests|
|User Type||CEFR||Overall OOPT CEFR Score||IEP Level of Study||TOEFL (Papaer)||TOEFL (iBT)||TOEIC||IELTS||Cambridge Exams|
|Independent User||B2||60-79||Level 3||513-547||41-57||450-550||5.5-6.5||PET|
|Basic User||A2||21-39||Level 1/2||347-393||19-29||250-350||3-4|
|SOURCE: Oxford University Press|
The CEFR rating is used to place the student at the appropriate IEP level. Each class will use a set of Oxford University Press books with CEFR ratings which match the students CEFR level. As shown in the figure below, the Headway books will cover general English while the Oxford EAP (English for Academic Purposes) will train academic English abilities needed to succeed academically in a university’s international program.
There are many factors in language learning which impact how long each person may take to learn a particular language. Cambridge University published on one of their websites an estimate of the Guided Learning Hours (GLH) required to learn English. GLH refers to required study in a classroom. For example, with no English ability, it takes approximately 100 GLH go to CEFR level A1.
|CEFR Level||Guided Learning Hours|
|No English Ability|
Combining GLH and the OOPT, a comparison chart was created which shows how long it may take to move between CEFR levels.