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ERIC Number: ED524892
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1548-6613
Alternative Assessment in Engineering Language Education: The Case of the Technical University of Madrid
Pierce, Joana; Duran, Pilar; Ubeda, Paloma
Online Submission, US-China Education Review A 2 p179-187 2011
Engineering institutions across Europe are currently involved in a major process of reform and restructuring as a part of the Bologna Process, which stresses the role of competencies and outcomes in curriculum design. In the field of languages, the Council of Europe has developed the CEFR (Common European Framework of References) for languages, which aims to provide a reference framework for describing different qualifications, identifying different language learning objectives and setting out the basis of different achievement standards. Using this framework of language competence levels, our research group, over a three-year period, has developed and piloted the ACPEL (Academic and Professional English Language Portfolio) especially designed for engineering students and professionals. This portfolio was accredited by language division of the Council of Europe in 2008. This paper will report on an ongoing project dealing with self- and peer-assessment based on the ACPEL portfolio. The project's aim is threefold: firstly, to train university language professionals in the use of self- and peer-assessment through the implementation of the ACPEL portfolio; secondly, to gradually introduce these assessment processes into the engineering language curriculum; and finally, to monitor and evaluate these two processes at the seven engineering schools. (Contains 4 tables and 3 figures.) [This work has been funded by The Technical University of Madrid through the innovation group APLAI and the research group DISCYT.]
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Spain (Madrid)