Nagasaki JALT:

(1) European Language Portfolio to Foster Learner Autonomy; (2) Self and Peer Evaluation using Moodle

Date: Sunday, February 22nd, 2015 Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Speaker: Sergio Mazzarelli (Kwassui Women's College)

The speaker will offer two presentations. The first will explain how an adapted version of the European Language Portfolio (ELP) was used to foster student autonomy and motivation in three classes at a Japanese university. In particular, the presentation will focus on how the ELP helped students formulate learning goals and self-monitor progress in achieving those goals. There is growing interest in the ELP, but many teachers are not sure how to make it work in the Japanese context. Far from intending to be prescriptive, the presenter hopes to inspire others to find their own way to deploy this powerful tool.

The second presentation will showcase the use of the popular Moodle LMS to support peer evaluation of students' presentations. Experience shows that students encounter many difficulties when trying to evaluate live presentations. However, the task can be made more manageable by using video recording and the Moodle Workshop module to evaluate the presentations online according to student-designed assessment criteria.

No previous knowledge of the Portfolio or Moodle is expected of the audience.

Organization: Nagasaki Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Nagasaki JALT)

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1000 yen, free for students and first-time JET Programme participants

Venue: Dejima Koryu Kaikan, 2-11 Dejimamachi, Nagasaki

Location: Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan


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