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European Language Portfolio for Blind and Visually Impaired

The ELPBVI project was funded by European Commission under the Socrates Lingua 2 Programme.

The main objective was to develop a multilingual European Language Portfolio for the Blind and Visually-Impaired (ELPBVI) with a view to:

  • enhancing their motivation to develop, extend and diversify their language skills;
  • helping them to reflect on their objectives, ways of and success in language learning;
  • developing their capacity for independent learning;
  • addressing learning needs in the most comprehensive way, providing suitable format and adaptation of descriptions;
  • introducing commonly recognized standards and ensuring transparency and coherence in language learning

The ELPBVI model of the European Language Portfolio addressing the language learning needs of the Blind and Visually-Impaired put language teaching and learning of the blind and visually impaired in the context of common European standards, in order:

  • to provide transparent and reliable information on language skills and competences of the learners
  • to keep records of achievements in their language learning
  • to maintain their motivation for language learning
  • to plan their learning strategy
  • to enhance their plurilingual and intercultural experience

The partners came from Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, Germany and the United Kingdom; they developed a questionnaire in order to analyse language needs and develop specifications for this specific target Group.

Waldemar Martyniuk and Diana Geleta at the Final Meeting of the Language Portfolio Project for the Blind and Visually Impaired 'ELPBVI' in Graz 4/9/09


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