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ELP For the Blind and Visually impaired

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The electronic European Language Portfolio for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ELPBVI) is addressed to the visually impaired adult users (16+). The ELPBVI adopts principles outlined in the CEFR and at the same time considers the specific needs of target learners in terms of content and navigation.

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The ELPBVI can be used by totally blind learners with the help of screen readers transforming text to speech as well as by partially sighted users through font increasing facilities. Besides, there is a specific print option for the blind learners, namely plain text format which is the easiest way to get the texts ready for a Braille printer. This electronic ELP contains four identical language versions: English, German, Greek and Bulgarian.

Who is it for?
  • blind and visually impaired language learners age 16+,
  • teachers;
  • teacher trainers
  • developers of language teaching curricula and language learning materials for the blind and visually impaired
What materials does it offer?
  • guidelines for teacher,
  • instruments for assessment of language competencies of the blind and visually impaired, and
  • an online version of the electronic ELP.

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 For further information, please contact dianatsotova@abv.bg 

ActiveLP - Mentors Activate European Language Portfolio through Multimedia

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Many specific European Language Portfolios have been developed covering different types of learners and different languages. The aim of the ActivELP tool is to encourage plurilingualism, multilingualism, and to motivate and facilitate language learning.

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The project proposes 2 channels:

  • mentoring- will ensure access to the European Language Portfolio by groups and individual learners allowing them to practice the ELP through interaction;
  • multimedia- will enable us to reach teachers in different education sectors, and to pass on practical skills of using European Language Portfolio through interactive whiteboard.

The specific aims of ActivELP project are:

  • to develop a training program for language teachers (European Language Portfolio in Language Teaching through Multimedia) and mentoring guidelines for the implementation of this program;
  • to train a group of language teachers-mentors from all EU countries;
  • to test the training program for use of the European Language Portfolio by language teachers.
Associated publication

The following publication, The use of European Language Porfolio in Language Teaching (Schneider, C., 2008) contains the results of a survey conducted on ELP use within the framework of the project 'ActivELP'. It contains the results of an online questionnaire on the use of the European Language Portfolio/the use of technology (interactive whiteboards) in language teaching carried out at educational institutions in English and German.

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For further information, please contact: christel.schneider@icc-languages.eu   

EuroIntergrELP - Equal Chances to European Integration through the use of the European Language Portfolio

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EuroIntegrELP aimed to contribute to the promotion of language learning at high quality standards among adults belonging to various social and professional groups, through the use of the European Language Portfolio (the EAQUALS / ALTE version for adults) as a quality instrument. It enhanced opportunities for social integration and professional development through language learning, including less widely used and taught languages.

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The project started from the premise that in a multicultural and multilingual Europe it is necessary that language learners should be encouraged to value their already existent partial competences in various languages and to develop new ones, to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop self-evaluation skills. Learning foreign languages increases the learners’ chances of social integration in their own country and in an international (European) environment, as well as their opportunities for personal development.

The ultimate target groups were Ministries of Labour, employers/Human Resources Managers, private and state employment agencies, providers of language training, providers of vocational training, language learners (15+), people in vocational training, unemployed/employees in the project countries.

In terms of impact, decision makers (such as ministries and employers) were made aware of the existence and benefits of using the ELP on a regular basis, as a document certifying the employees’ linguistic competence. On the other hand, for the ELP users both the approach promoted through the ELP and the instrument itself create equal opportunities to mobility, employability and access to European values in general.”

  • Target group (age group): Students (15+), teachers, multipliers, authorities, employers
  • Language(s): DE, EE, EL, EN, IT, LT, NL, PL, RO, SK
  • Type of material: Information on the EU project, project partners; various downloadable materials (PowerPoint presentations, learners’s guide, teacher’s guide, materials for multipliers, employers etc.) in 10 languages.
  • Title: EuroIntergrELP - Equal Chances to European Integration through  the use of the European Language Portfolio
  • Author(s): Project partners involved in the EU project EuroIntegrELP http://www.prosper.ro/EuroIntegrELP/EurointegrELP.htm#partners
  • Contact (e-mail): Laura Muresan muresan.laura@gmail.com
  • Website: http://www.prosper.ro/EuroIntegrELP/EurointegrELP.htm

MAGICC - Modularising Multilingual and Multicultural Academic Communication Competence (2011-2014)

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The MAGICC-project deals with transnationally shared learning outcomes, aligned activities, assessment forms and criteria and competence level benchmarks at European level. It builds on the well-established reference levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. All the elements will be available in an academic ePortfolio. These complementary reference tools will be specific to the needs and aims of the higher education sector and the multilingual and multicultural academic communication core competences, including academic mother tongue competences.
 

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