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ERIC Number: EJ1123594
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2191-611X
EPOS--The European E-Portfolio of Languages
Kühn, Bärbel
Language Learning in Higher Education, v6 n2 p335-354 Oct 2016
Democratic principles and human rights, the core values of the Council of Europe, informed the development of the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages" (CEFR; Council of Europe 2001. "Common European framework of reference for languages: Learning, teaching, assessment." Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (accessed 20 January 2016)) and the European Language Portfolio (ELP) with its focus on learner autonomy. In Bremen, the smallest federal state of Germany, the validated ELP for the school sector shared the destiny of other ELP models: long-term implementation failed. However, a different fate awaited the electronic version, EPOS, developed not only for the school sector, but for the 20 institutional members of the Sprachenrat Bremen, the Language Council of Bremen. The cooperation of the Language Centre of the four public universities of Bremen with the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bremen was and still is a crucial factor for the development of EPOS, the "Elektronisches Europäisches Portfolio der Sprachen" (Electronic European Language Portfolio). Today, EPOS is supported by the EPOS Association. This article gives three examples of how EPOS is used in member institutions of the association in Germany and the UK and concludes by explaining how EPOS might collaborate with two projects of the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) in Graz, FREPA/CARAP (Framework of Reference for Pluralistic Approaches) and EPOSTL (European Portfolio for Student Teachers of Languages).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Germany; Austria; United Kingdom (England)
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