I am a part-time PhD student at Lancaster University. This is the website of my study. Here you can register to participate. You can  download all the necessary documents if you are already registered. You can also read some background information about the study and its aims. From time to time I plan to post updates to show how the study is progressing.


The site is currently under construction, and indeed it will probably always be a work in progress, so if you don't find the information that you are looking for do drop me a line!


I welcome comments, on this site,  or on my project. Please use the contact form. You can also comment directly on any of the posts in my blog.


Glyn Jones

Replicating the validation of the CEFR illustrative descriptors

I am studying part-time for a PhD at Lancaster University. The title is Replicating the validation of the CEFR illustrative descriptors. Its general aim is to replicate the study undertaken by Brian North and Günther Schneider in the course of developing the CEFR descriptors.
In practice this means asking teachers to use CEFR descriptors to rate actual learners. This happens in two phases. 
In the first phase participants are asked to rate two learners whom they know very well (two of their own students). 


In the second phase they rate samples of writing produced by learners whom they have never met. Both phases are implemented by means of online surveys which can be completed in the participants' own time (three surveys altogether: two in phase one, one in phase two).
Most people take about one hour in total to complete all surveys. An Amazon gift voucher worth GBP 15.00 is offered to all participants who complete all surveys.