ERIC Number: ED349810
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Towards a Common European Framework for Reporting Language Competency. NFLC Occasional Papers.
Scharer, Rolf; North, Brian
The two papers presented in this document are intended to aid in the development of a comprehensive framework for standardizing objectives and levels of certification for foreign language learning in Europe. Specifically, these papers address the form in which foreign language achievement within such a framework could be reported, proposing a European Language Portfolio. The aims of such an instrument would be to enhance motivation for language learning; to enhance the recognition of language learning achievement through a single standardized record; and to enhance coherence in the educational systems and efficient interfaces between educational sectors. "A European Language Portfolio," (Rolf Scharer) discusses a proposed format of the portfolio, which would consist of the three district sections: the "passport," the "map," and the "dossier." The "passport" would be a record of formal qualifications in a language, while the "map" would be a representation of the individual's educational/achievement history in a language over time. Finally, the dossier would contain samples of the learner's work. "Options for Scales of Proficiency for a European Language Framework" (Brian North) discusses and compares various scale systems for classifying language ability. The advantages and disadvantages of natural levels are contrasted with those for pedagogical levels. (JL)
Descriptors: Certification, Foreign Countries, Language Proficiency, Language Standardization, Measures (Individuals), Second Language Learning, Threshold Level (Languages)
National Foreign Language Center, Johns Hopkins University, 1619 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Washington, DC. National Foreign Language Center.
Note: Papers presented at the Council of Europe Intergovernmental Symposium "Transparency and Coherence in Language Learning in Europe: Objectives, Assessment and Certification" (Ruschlikon, Switzerland, November 1991).