Using the European Language Portfolio in a Swedish Upper Secondary School

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Publication Student thesis
Title Using the European Language Portfolio in a Swedish Upper Secondary School
Author(s) Gedda Splendido, Frida
Date 2009
English abstract
The present study focuses on how the European Language Portfolio (ELP) can be used in a Swedish school. More particularly it aims at exploring how a group of teachers have adapted the use of the material to their particular pedagogical situation. It also aims at finding out what the same group of teachers identifies as the ELP’s strengths and possible weaknesses. For this purpose, a case study was carried out in which semi-structured interviews were conducted with four language teachers at an upper secondary school in the south of Sweden. Although the teachers started out using the official ELP 16+, only the language passport has been kept. The teachers have adapted the rest of the material to their own situation. Three different adaptations were identified and presented. Moreover, the teachers identified a number of areas that they saw as the ELP’s strengths. Among these areas were the material’s compatibility with the Swedish steering documents and the language biography (in adapted versions). When asked about the possible weaknesses, the teachers’ main concerns were the standard checklists and the fact that working with the ELP is time-consuming in different ways.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Lärarutbildningen
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) European Language Portfolio
teaching practices
Common European Framework
learning materials
learner autonomy
portfolio method
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/8233 (link to this page)

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