: Jürgen Friedrich, Germany; Michael Langner, Switzerland/ Luxembourg
: Ewa Wieczorek, Centre for Education Development (ORE), Warsaw, Poland
: English and Polish
: 300 Polish and foreign experts responsible for shaping language policy, language policy experts, language education providers, teacher trainers, researchers, teachers, trainee teachers, social and business partners, language education stakeholders
Information from the ECML experts
Conference panel: A lot of information about the actual stage of the European Language Portfolio (ELP) was given. The experiences of different countries (Switzerland, Czech Republic) were important for the participants to avoid certain problems in the future of the development in Poland. It was shown that the ELP can attribute a lot to the motivation of language learners. An electronic version of the ELP (the German EPOS system) was presented as an innovative method to deal with the complex structure of the ELP in an easy and interactive way.
Workshop: The shown example of the platform based electronic language portfolio (EPOS) from Bremen attracted a lot of interest. Especially the flexibility and openness of the software and the possibility to implement different portfolios (language, subject, training and cultural portfolios) impressed the participants. Participants used the opportunity to practically test the system hand-on in a computer lab. The possibilities of implementing an ePortfolio in a school context were widely discussed, pedagogical and didactical aspects were considered in detail.
Information from the local organiser
: In 2010 The Centre for Education Development designed a project of promoting and implementing the ELP in schools. The aim of the project was to encourage teachers to use Polish versions of ELP as well as get feedback on how the ELP is used, what are the advantages and disadvantages of using it. Copies of ELP were distributed among teachers willing to take part in the project and subsequently provide feedback on various aspects of using ELP. Completed questionnaires submitted by the teachers provided material for a report. Copies of ELP were distributed among nearly 3000 language learners.
An e-platform for users of ELP is a wonderful opportunity to share their experience with ELP and possibly encourage new users thus spreading the idea of the ELP even further.
ECML experts provided conference participants with information on the ECML activities with regard to promoting the European Language Portfolio, i.e.
Encouraging teachers, trainee teachers, teacher educators to use and promote the ELP.
Creating an opportunity to establish national and international partnerships and networking of ELP users.
Presenting case studies from different European countries exemplifying the use of ELP.
Promoting the use of ELP to teach communicative and intercultural skills.
The conference helped the participants to define:
How the ELP is used by other teachers in and outside Poland;
How to help learners use ELP effectively;
What are the benefits of using ELP to language learners