BUCHAREST, 1 Calea Grivitei 2A www.prosper.ro Co-ordinator of the Socrates Lingua 1 Project “Equal Chances to European Integration through the use of the.
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BUCHAREST, 1 Calea Grivitei 2A www.prosper.ro Co-ordinator of the Socrates Lingua 1 Project “Equal Chances to European Integration through the use of the European Language Portfolio” EuroIntegrELP 2004 - 2007
Teaching Romanians to self assess their language skills Individual vs joint efforts The aim of this presentation: 1. to introduce the project 2. to present briefly what has been achieved so far 3. to give a few concrete examples of how the idea of self assessment is being introduced to language learners in Romania (the Romanian experience)
Background Introduction of the ELP (the EAQUALS/ALTE version for adults) in Romania Its piloting by various QUEST schools Dissemination of info about the ELP in a variety of circles by QUEST members
Follow-up The experience gained that far The commitment to the idea of self assessment Understanding the importance of standardising the levels of attainment Application for a Socrates Lingua 1 project
The project proposal was approved Duration: 3 years (2004 – 2007) Partners: National Associations of Language Schools Universities, language schools and institutes Providers of vocational training NGOs Representatives of the media Countries: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia
Project objectives To contribute to the promotion of language learning among adults from various social and professional groups through the use of the ELP To enhance opportunities for social integration and professional development through language learning
Target groups Ministries (of Education, of Labour) Private and state Employment Agencies Employers/HRMs Providers of vocational training/ Multipliers in general Language learners 15+ People in vocational training Unemployed/employees in project countries
Expected Impact Decisions makers (ministries and employers) will be made aware of the existence and benefits of using the ELP as a document certifying the employees’ linguistic competence ELP users will increase their chances to mobility, employability and access to European values in general
Main focus Dissemination of good practice in using the ELP Dissemination of the benefits of its use among selected target groups
Activities carried out so far 1.Research activities Designing and distributing of a needs analysis questionnaire about the situation of the ELP in the project countries Identifying representatives of target groups Monitoring the media
Activities carried out so far 2. Dissemination materials: - Designing and printing of a POSTER and LEAFLET to be used for disseminating information about the project (ready) - Designing of a CARD (work in progress) - Designing of a CALENDAR (work in progress)
Activities carried out so far 3. Production of support materials Public Relations Guide for the partner institutions of EuroIntegrELP (Austria) Translation into (some of) the project languages of: –The User Guide for Employers produced by EAQUALS –The EAQUALS/ALTE version of the ELP for adults (Greek, Polish and to be translated into Slovak and Lithuanian) –The poster and leaflet already printed in English within the project
Dissemination Activities Authorities –introducing the ELP to officials in the relevant ministries, in universities, Language Departments (various languages) –informing them about the EuroIntegrELP project
Dissemination Activities Multipliers Debates, workshops, national and international conferences (for language teachers) Language fairs (for the public at large) Presentations (for representatives of NGOs, small entrepreneurs,etc.
Dissemination Activities Language learners Presentations/demonstrations and actual introduction of the ELP to adult learners in universities, language schools, institutions (corporate clients) Designing and introducing of language learning activities based on self assessment Writing of units in language textbooks introducing the idea of self assessment Introducing testing principles based on the descriptors in the ELP, etc.
Other means of dissemination Press conferences Publication of articles Mass-media channels (newsletters, press releases, publication of interviews with project participants, news about the project events and good practice examples Special component on each partner’s web site (to include project developments and news) Poster exhibition (Romania, Lithuania) Photography exhibition
Future plans Publication of around 10,000 copies of the ELP for adults the EAQUALS/ALTE version into the project languages, to be used for dissemination purposes Organisation of various dissemination events Wider coverage by the media
The Romanian Experience Language learners are open to the idea of peer evaluation and self assessment They are generally objective in their assessment
Categories of Users Undergraduates In-service students: -PROSPER –ASE CPs of various professions -- trainees for the judiciary (National Institute for the Judiciary) --junior ASE FL teachers --trainers for the National Institute for the Judiciary
Purposes of Use To plan own learning programme To understand common learning programme To devise learning programmes (needs analysis, course design, material writing, assessing progress)
Achievements and Prospects Introducing ELP in syllabus Prospects -relating materials to specific levels of the CERF when designing and using them in class -Establishing professional profiles for business users, users in the legal profession -Devising similar scales for cultural competences
Use of self evaluation grids Intercultural issues I can spot at least 5 factors that could influence the value system within different cultures (B2) I can discuss different cultural values and beliefs with my partners using suitable terminology in English (C1) I can understand the limitations of national stereotypes (B1) European Language Portfolio I can account for and sustain my opinions in discussion by providing relevant explanations, arguments and comments. I can express my ideas and opinions clearly and precisely, and can present and respond to complex lines of reasoning convincingly I can understand the most important information in short, simple, everyday information brochures.
Possible classroom activities Introduction of the Europass documents (CV and Language Passport) in a textbook unit for undergraduates, including self reflection activities to raise awareness of the need to be objective in one’s self assessment.
Possible classroom activities Role play of business meetings, (with evaluation of group performance by observers and self evaluation of one’s own performance) Transparency of criteria used for evaluation, with descriptors for each level on the scale.