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Pages: 6486-6490
Publication year: 2015
ISBN: 978-84-606-5763-7
ISSN: 2340-1079

Conference name: 9th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 2-4 March, 2015
Location: Madrid, Spain

NON-FORMAL CONTENT AND LANGUAGE INTEGRATED LEARNING: TOWARDS STUDENT’S ASSESSMENT METHODOLOGY

A. Atabekova

Peoples' Friendship University of Russia (RUSSIAN FEDERATION)
The paper explores possible methods to obtain and document evidence for assessment and validation of the non formal content and language integrated learning (CLIL) of university non-language students. CLIL classes are known to encourage learners to study new subject in a non--native language. CLIL is traditionally applied in primary and secondary education and viewed as formal learning activities governed by the educational institutions under the national educational standards [1]. Nevertheless, the EU Commission states that “language skills are needed to function in the global marketplace” [2]. Thus, increasing life-long learning practices and internationally accepted labour market requirements with regard to multilingual knowledge and experience in specific branch of professional activities make CLIL important for those who strive to go internationally. Scholars point out that training should be more demand-driven through combining formal and nonformal learning “into a a single comprehensive system” [3]. The EU education researchers and policy makers draw particular attention to non formal learning potential [4-5] due to a number of reasons: it might be more interactive, fully “intentional from the learner’s point of view if embedded in planned activities”, and “non-formal learning outcomes may be validated and may lead to certification” [6]. The above statements allowed us to argue that non formal CLIL requires relevant assessment of learning outcomes, with regard to their evidence in actions, behavior and results. Non formal CLIL activities of students from Law Institute of Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia will be described in the report as an example. The empirical research has proved that a law student’s non-formal Law and English integrated learning could take place through such activities as participation in international legal contests (Moot Courts), international conferences, summer law schools, etc. The evidence for above non formal learning assessment can be provided through integrated portfolios with litigation simulation and legal research papers, presentations, third party certificates and recommendation letters concerning law students activities in non-native language. The surveys of university teachers and legal institutions employers were conducted as part of the research to reveal that listed documents could meet both the Academia and employer’s needs to assess and validate a law student’s non-formal CLIL activities.

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A. Atabekova (2015) NON-FORMAL CONTENT AND LANGUAGE INTEGRATED LEARNING: TOWARDS STUDENT’S ASSESSMENT METHODOLOGY, INTED2015 Proceedings, pp. 6486-6490.
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