Are you an English language teacher? Use the Global Scale of English to map the exact level and learning goals of your students

The GSE ecosystem provides a detailed picture of language performance at different levels of proficiency and for individual skills. By combining course materials with assessment tools that are benchmarked to the Global Scale of English teachers can:

  • Understand their students’ levels of proficiency more precisely.
  • Monitor students’ progress in a granular way.
  • Make more informed choices for each student or class.

The Global Scale of English ecosystem

The Global Scale of English is not just a scale. It’s part of an ecosystem for English language learning that includes:

  • The Global Scale of English itself.
  • The GSE Learning Objectives, which provide a clear and precise definition of what learners can be expected to do at a particular level.
  • Course materials aligned to the Global Scale of English.
  • Assessment tools designed to profile a learner’s proficiency for all four skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening.
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Understanding a learner’s level

Assessment tools have also been created to report on the Global Scale of English. These have been designed to help learners and their teachers understand proficiency across all four skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Progress is a package of three tests taken at the beginning, middle and end of an English programme to measure progress. At each stage, a test report indicates a learner’s score on the Global Scale of English – highlighting strengths and which GSE Learning Objectives need further work.

PTE Academic is an English test for learners who need to prove language proficiency in order to study abroad or for an immigration visa. Results are aligned to both CEFR and the Global Scale of English. The test is Approved by the Australian Government for visa applications and accepted by thousands of institutions in the UK, Australia, USA, Canada, New Zealand, and Ireland, including Harvard, Yale and INSEAD.

Do you already know your learners’ CEFR, TOEIC or another recognised English qualification score? You can use our Global Scale of English score converter to find out a comparative GSE score. Follow us on LinkedIn to learn about the latest Global Scale of English updates.

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Extending the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

The Global Scale of English builds on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), extending the number and range of learning objectives – or ‘Can Do Statements’ – that are included in the CEFR, providing information to support a far more granular scale. Whereas the CEFR describes attainment in six broad bands from A1 (low basic) to C2 (fully proficient), the Global Scale of English uses a standardised, granular scale from 10 to 90, so learners can see the step-by-step progress they’re making and maintain motivation.

The Global Scale of English represents the most significant advance in performance-based approaches to language learning, teaching and assessment since the development of the Common European Framework of Reference.
- David Nunan Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Applied Linguistics University of Hong Kong

Using the Global Scale of English, teachers can match a student to the right course materials to suit their exact level and learning goals. To see the Global Scale of English in action, download our illustrations below along all four skills:

The GSE Learning Objectives for Professional English (graphic)

The GSE Learning Objectives for Academic English (graphic)

The GSE Learning Objectives for adults (graphic)

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Collaborating with teachers worldwide to create the GSE Learning Objectives

The project to create and 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 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 learning objectives. For further information, please contact us at rating@pearson.com.