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CEFR and ELP seminar Introduction. SKOPJE 16th and 17th February 2007 Dick Meijer. Two main themes. Methods for introducing the ELP to learners Strategies for working with the ELP in the classroom But we start with ... Brief introduction on ELP and correlation between ELP and CEFR.

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cefr and elp seminar introduction

CEFR and ELP seminarIntroduction

SKOPJE

16th and 17th February 2007

Dick Meijer

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two main themes
Two main themes
  • Methods for introducing the ELP to learners
  • Strategies for working with the ELP in the classroom
  • But we start with ...
  • Brief introduction on ELP and correlation between ELP and CEFR

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schedule of program
Friday, 16th February

10.00 Opening and Presentation of the ECML in Graz (Adrian Butler)

11.00 - ELP Introduction CEFR and ELP

12.30 Coffee Break

12.45 Aspects of using the ELP in classroom: The aspect of self-assessment

14.00 Snack

15.00 ELP and action oriented tasks

16.00 Welcome Vice-Minister

Saturday, 17th February

10.00 Presentation of Program of ECML in Graz (Adrian Butler)

10.30 ELP and intercultural aspects

12.00 Coffee Break

12.15 ELP and levels of proficiency

14.00 Snack

15.00 How to introduce the ELP? Summarizing and developing action plans

Schedule of program

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elp introduction what is the elp
ELP Introduction:What is the ELP?
  • Three obligatory components
    • Language passport
    • Language biography
    • Dossier
  • Language passport – summarizes the owner’s:
    • linguistic identity
    • language learning
    • Intercultural experiences
  • Language passport – records the owner’s:
    • Self-assessment against Self-assessment Grid in the CEFR

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ELP Introduction:What is the ELP?
  • Language biography provides a reflective accompaniment to :
    • Ongoing processes of learning
    • Using second languages
    • Engaging with the cultures associated with second languages
  • Language biography uses ‘I can’ checklists for goal setting and self-assessment

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ELP Introduction:What is the ELP?
  • Dossier collects
    • Evidence of second language proficiency and intercultural experiences
  • Dossier supports
    • Portfolio learning

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the functions of the elp
The functions of the ELP
  • Pedagogical:
    • The ELP is designed
      • to make the language learning process more transparent to the language learner
      • to foster the development of learner autonomy
  • Reporting:
    • The ELP provides practical evidence of second language proficiency and intercultural experiences

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key features
Key features
  • Values all language and intercultural learning (in formal educational contexts or outside them)
  • Designed to promote plurilingualism and pluriculturalism (challenge to design)

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challenges
Challenges
  • To pedagogy
    • To promote learner autonomy
      • By stimulating reflection on
        • content
        • process of learning
      • By assigning central role to self-assessment
  • To curricula
    • Often felt as additional effort not related to curriculum
  • To assessment
    • CEFR opens possibility to bring curriculum, pedagogy and assessment into closer interaction

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Challenges
  • A ‘can do’ descriptor implies
    • A learning target
    • Teaching/learning activities
    • Assessment criteria
  • Self-assessment checklists in ELP can serve same three functions

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correlation between cefr and elp
Correlation between CEFR and ELP
  • Conference 1991 (Rüschlikon/CH) recommended to establish ‘a comprehensive, coherent and transparent framework for the description of language proficiency’
  • Also ‘there should be devised (...) a common instrument allowing individuals who so desire to maintain a record of their language learning achievement and experience, formal or informal’.

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Correlation between CEFR and ELP
  • CEFR describes common levels of language proficiency
  • These common levels are fundamental to the ELP because
    • they make the relation between the ELP and the CEFR explicit
    • it would be difficult to imagine a coherent ELP concept capable of being translated into many different forms, all of them sharing a strong family resemblance.

(Little 2006)

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growing competences
Growing competences
  • Being more competent means to be able to carry out more and more activities

CompetencesActivities

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experiences e g netherlands
Experiences (e.g. Netherlands)
  • Involvement of several institutes (experts in special area's)
  • These institutes invited teachers to take part in project
  • Training for teachers (but we had still the idea: ELP 'sells' itself)
  • We organized research
  • Conclusion: this is the wrong way

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experiences
Experiences
  • What was wrong?
  • It did not solve a problem of the teacher
  • The descriptors were difficult to understand for learners (especially young learners)
  • There were no 'end-users'
  • The wrong focus: checklists

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Experiences
  • To prepare teachers: let them have experience with a portfolio
  • Try to solve a problem of the teacher (motivation?)
  • Show good practices
  • Focus on the dossier
  • Make learners understand the descriptors (situations and explanations)
  • Offer all kinds of activities

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Experiences
  • Make clear: using a portfolio has consequences for the curriculum
  • The textbook has to play a different role
  • First we thought: ELP implementation is 'a piece of cake'
  • Now we know: it is difficult, takes years and not only offer something but ask for involvement

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Experiences
  • Nowadays:
  • We offer support in developing learning activities
  • We focus on problem solving (e.g. ongoing language learning)
  • Involvement of more teachers in a school (e.g. not one teacher but all teachers in one year or all teachers for German)
  • We bring the teachers together to talk about their problems, ideas and solutions
  • We offer the use of the website for free

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aspects for introducing the elp
Aspects for introducing the ELP
  • Which ways?
  • Contents and consequences
    • ELP and self-assessment (2)
    • ELP and action-oriented tasks (3)
    • ELP and textbooks (3)
    • ELP and levels of proficiency (4)
    • ELP and intercultural aspects (5)
    • So which ways? Which actions?(6)

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developing teacher s experience
Developing teacher’s experience

Gaining own experiences with ELP

  • Check your own competences in a foreign language you do not teach!
  • Why do you think your performance would be a proof for a certain level?

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