A Guide (not only) for Teachers
European Portfolio for Student Teachers of Languages and the Development of Professional Awareness: An Intercultural Approach Perspective
The European portfolio for student teachers of languages (EPOSTL) (Newby et al., 2007) was designed as a self-assessment tool, as well as a means to stimulate reflection on the student teachers’ didactic knowledge and skills necessary to teach languages. We will scrutinize the aims set by the authors of the EPOSTL and see whether the students perceive it as “an instrument to promote professional growth through reflection and dialogue” and “a means of enhancing autonomous learning.” Furthermore, we will examine the self-assessment section and select the most relevant descriptors of competences related to intercultural language teaching. Finally, we will discuss to what extent the EPOSTL enhances the future teachers’ development to perform the role of intercultural mediators in a growing multilingual and multicultural environment.
Keywords: intercultural competence, teacher education, didactic competences, language policy, portfolio
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