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ERIC Number: EJ1121207
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2191-611X
The" Common European Framework of Reference for Languages," the European Language Portfolio, and Language Learning in Higher Education
Little, David
Language Learning in Higher Education, v1 n1 p1-21 Aug 2012
This article explains the relevance of the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages" (CEFR) and the European Language Portfolio (ELP) to language learning in higher education, especially as regards the definition of aims and learning outcomes and the promotion of students' capacity to manage their own learning. After providing some historical background, the article expounds the CEFR's action-oriented approach, explores it conceptualisation of progression in language learning and its implications for language teaching, and suggests how it can be applied to the design, implementation and assessment of language learning programmes in higher education. It then introduces the ELP, explains how it can be used in conjunction with the CEFR to support coherent programme delivery while promoting reflective learning and student autonomy, and concludes by considering the role of self-assessment in the university's assessment framework. The article ends with a cautionary tale.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Europe
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