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Authors, editors and teachers are increasingly aware of the need to be learner-focused and to create syllabuses and courses that reflect learner needs and expectations. The GSE ecosystem constitutes a detailed and graded model of student target performance across a range of skills and domains. Having clearly stated learning objectives ensures that learning, teaching and assessment elements are all working together to support the learner in acquiring their new language skill.

Global Scale of English Research Series

Welcome to the Global Scale of English (GSE) Research Series. The papers in this series will cover a wide range of research projects, which aim to objectively explore fundamental components of the GSE.

In our mission to improve learner outcomes, we are focused on providing empirically valid evidence to support our work and in doing so to significantly enhance the advancement of English through ministries, institutions and teachers around the world.

These papers aim to provide that evidence and we welcome feedback from others working in the same fields of language teaching, learning and assessment. Please send any feedback or comments using this form. We encourage you to return to our Research section to discover the latest GSE research.

Research Series: Aligning CEFR-J descriptors to GSE

Research Series: GSE Alignment with other scales

Research Series: Developing Global Scale of English Learning Objectives

Matura GSE Alignment Summary Report

GSE Research Series: Grammar

GSE Research Series: Vocabulary

Research Series: GSE Job Profiles

Research Series: The Learning Hours

GSE Research Series Eiken Alignment

Collaborating with teachers worldwide to create the GSE Learning Objectives

The project to calibrate the GSE Learning Objectives has involved thousands of experienced ELT teachers from over 50 countries. Some attended training workshops and others took part via online surveys. All teachers rated the difficulty of newly created learning objectives – on either the Global Scale of English or the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The data was then collated and analysed by a team of psychometricians.

This research project is ongoing and Pearson English would love to hear from experienced teachers who are interested in helping to rate new levels. For further information, please contact us at

2016 Research Call

Our 2016 Research Call is published by the Global Scale of English unit of Pearson English, a division of Pearson plc. One of our driving goals is to ensure that our teaching and testing materials comply with the highest standards and quality. At Pearson, research is carried out as part of our on-going validation programme, with the aim of obtaining independent assessment of our products by experts in the areas of language testing, second/foreign language education, linguistics, applied linguistics, and other related fields. Faculty members, doctoral students and qualified freelance researchers are invited to submit proposals to investigate the validity of the Global Scale of English and its related learning, teaching, and assessment resources and products. 30 September is the last date for submissions - read the full Research Call now!


The Technical Advisory Group (TAG)

We have an expanding programme of collaboration with external researchers in universities all over the world.  Our Technical Advisory Group comprises experts from language testing, psychometrics and teaching who provide feedback, advice and critical assessment.

The independent group of experts guides the work of Pearson English in developing the Global Scale of English and the GSE Learning Objectives. They also have oversight of the Pearson English suite of English language tests, including PTE Academic and Progress.

The GSE TAG serves to ensure that Pearson’s internal standards are aligned with best international practice (for example; ALTE code of Practice, APA code of conduct, Council of Europe’s Manual for Relating Language Examinations to the CEFR, EALTA Guidelines for Good Practice, ILTA Guidelines for Practice, etc.). The TAG also helps Pearson ensure it meets provisions set down by external authorities such as OFQUAL, DIAC and the UK Home Office.

The GSE TAG consists of key stakeholders from the academic and practitioner communities. This enables them to give us insight into external developments in the markets and also, where appropriate, act as advocates for Pearson in those communities. Read more about our Expert Advisors.