Language On-Line Portfolio Project

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LOLIPOP (Language On-Line Portfolio Project), with the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies, Dublin City University (DCU) as lead partner, involves 12 partners across 8 countries (Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Norway, Poland and Spain). Its aim is the development of a multilingual, on-line, interactive version of the (European Language Portfolio) ELP with an enhanced intercultural dimension. The project is due for completion in September 2007. The project defines intercultural competence as follows:
• Culture-general and culture specific
• Products and practices of own and other culture
• How social groups and identities function
• How intercultural interaction works

• Behave appropriately and effectively
• Acquire and operate knowledge
• Compare and interpret cultures

• Curiosity
• Tolerance
• Ability to ‘decentre’

The project members believe that in order to assist the learner in becoming interculturally competent, a framework needs to be created within which learners can assess their current stage of development and determine what it is they need to do in order to progress to the next stage. The project members are considering the development of a set of descriptors for intercultural competence and a corresponding set of “I can do” statements perhaps based on the levels of intercultural competence. These intercultural ‘Can do’ statements would help the learners to self-assess their intercultural competence, set objectives and they would be able to display evidence of their intercultural progress in the Dossier section of the European Language Portfolio (ELP). The intercultural competence would be thus fully integrated into the ELP, with activities for classroom practice to support such an approach.