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Using an e-portfolio to facilitate the self-assessment of both language and intercultural learning in higher education: A case-study approach

Fionnuala Kennedy,

Fionnuala Kennedy is a lecturer in German and Intercultural Studies in the School of Humanities at Waterford Institute of Technology. Her research interests are in tandem language learning and intercultural competence.

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, Jenny Bruen,

Jennifer Bruen is a lecturer in German and Research Convenor in the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies at Dublin City University and researches in the field of applied linguistics.

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and Juliette Péchenart,

Juliette Péchenart is a lecturer in French and chair of the BA in International Business and Languages in the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies at Dublin City University. Her research interests are in the field of applied linguistics and French for Specific Purposes (Business/Tourism).

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Abstract

The focus of this paper is twofold: first, on the development of an electronic version of a European Language Portfolio (ELP), known as the LOLIPOP (Language On-line Portfolio Project) ELP, and second on its integration into an undergraduate module on Intercultural Communication in an institute of higher education in Ireland. The paper begins by looking at the European Language Portfolio in the wider context of portfolios in education. It then describes the development and key features of the LOLIPOP ELP, in particular the self-assessment of both linguistic and intercultural elements. It continues by explaining how the LOLIPOP ELP was integrated into the module in question. Finally, the paper presents the output from the participants in this study, focussing on their perceptions of the self-assessment process.


Waterford Institute of Technology, Cork Road, Waterford, Ireland
School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies, Dublin City University, Glasnevin, Dublin 9, Ireland

About the authors

Lecturer Fionnuala Kennedy,

Fionnuala Kennedy is a lecturer in German and Intercultural Studies in the School of Humanities at Waterford Institute of Technology. Her research interests are in tandem language learning and intercultural competence.

Lecturer Jenny Bruen,

Jennifer Bruen is a lecturer in German and Research Convenor in the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies at Dublin City University and researches in the field of applied linguistics.

Lecturer Juliette Péchenart,

Juliette Péchenart is a lecturer in French and chair of the BA in International Business and Languages in the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies at Dublin City University. Her research interests are in the field of applied linguistics and French for Specific Purposes (Business/Tourism).

Published Online: 2012-07-28
Published in Print: 2012-08-17

©[2011] by Walter de Gruyter Berlin Boston

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