EVALUATING CONTENT AND LANGUAGE IN BILINGUAL UNIVERSITY CONTEXTS: THE GENRE GUIDING CHECKLIST AS AN ASSESSMENT TOOL IN EXPERIMENTAL SCIENCES
University of Almeria (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Appears in: INTED2014 Proceedings
Publication year: 2014
Conference name: 8th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 10-12 March, 2014
Location: Valencia, Spain
Abstract:The European Higher education System (EHEA) is undergoing a process of profound changes which include a continuous growth of interest and concern for the domain of foreign languages. The interest and the implementation of bilingual programs at different educational stages in Europe and beyond have grown significantly. Many of these programs are being implemented in many Spanish universities through different educational approaches such as the Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL). Some studies reveal the lack of resources found by lecturers to assess the proper acquisition of both academic content and second language.
University lecturers belong to certain communities of practice or knowledge, thus, students should be encouraged to participate in such specific communities, which demands a focus on the different genre types used in different subjects as products connected to particular fields of knowledge. The present paper provides a sample of assessment of laboratory reports in a bilingual Chemistry lesson through the use of a genre guiding checklist. Results evidence that the use of such tool helps lecturers assessing writing tasks and also students to improve both the content acquisition and their writing skills in such discipline in a second language.
Keywords: Bilingual Education, University, Genre, Assessment, Checklist.