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Title:A first Namibian portfolio for languages: from concept to context
Authors:Zannier, Aurélie
Lumbu, Simon
Periodical:Journal for Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (ISSN 2026-7215)
Geographic term:Namibia
Subjects:language instruction
French language
Abstract:In 2010, the Association of Teachers of French in Namibia (ATFN) obtained a sponsorship from the International Federation of Teachers of French (FIPF) to create the first Namibian Portfolio for Languages (NPL). This article follows the evolution of this project, starting with an analysis of the validity of a portfolio for languages in the framework of the communicative approach (CA) of teaching and learning French as a Foreign Language (FFL). It was thought that the NPL could be useful for the development of self-assessment skills, for monitoring an individual's language development, and for understanding learning objectives. In 2010, a team of five Namibian teachers of French conceived a pilot NPL project (2013-2017) for 500 Grade 8 learners taking FFL. The NPL differs in a number of respects from the original European Portfolio for Language (EPL). The NPL comprises of three chapters with three different purposes. The first chapter is centred on the learner's identity: the second is on the learner's linguistic journey; while the third chapter is a dossier. The dossier is a repository of documents that the learner feels proud of. As in the EPL, the learner has control over what goes into his/her NPL. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]