Integrating a Portfolio Approach in Language Learning

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Following the Council of Europe’s recent introduction of the European Language Portfolio, our language center at the University of Lausanne has adopted the Higher Education version of the Portfolio as an integral part of our students’ language learning process. Certain tasks found in the Portfolio are also used for student assessment purposes. In addition to providing a lifelong documentation of the students’ work and language experience, the Portfolio encourages them to increase their multi-cultural awareness and fosters independent learning skills. The students’ self-evaluate their own objectives and progress. As a result of this process they begin to assume more responsibility as learners. This overall concept is a significant paradigm shift not only for students, but for teachers as well. Therefore, we have created a presentation and have designed other instruments to assist both teachers and learners in integrating the Portfolio in their language learning environment. I will share and explain some of these tools and the manner in which they are used in our language center.


Keywords: Autonomous Learning, Independent Learning, Language Learning, Portfolio, Integrating, Multi-Cultural Awareness, Self-Evaluation, Self-Assessment
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: 30 minute Paper Presentation in English
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Cynthia Anderson

Teacher of English As a Foreign Language, Centre de Langues, University of Lausanne
Lausanne, Switzerland

Upon obtaining her Master’s of Science in Social Research from the University of Denver, Colorado (USA) in 1999, Cynthia moved to Switzerland where she began teaching English as a Foreign Language. She currently teaches and develops courses for the Language Center at the University of Lausanne and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology for both undergraduate and graduate students. Particularly interested in Autonomous Learning as well as Group Dynamics, she also participates in two action research groups dedicated to these areas of study.

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