Peréz Cavana, Maria Luisa
Autonomy and self-assessment of individual learning styles using the European Language Portfolio (ELP).
Language Learning in Higher Education. Journal of the European Confederation of Language Centres in Higher Education (CercleS), 1(1) pp. 211–228.
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The enormous interest in the subject of learning styles within pedagogy has produced innumerable studies over the last three decades. However the application of learning styles knowledge to education is a controversial matter, in particular in instruction, where there is less evidence of the usefulness of learning styles tests.
This paper draws on the fundamental role of reflection within learner autonomy and on how learners can develop awareness of their own learning style through self-assessment. This paper makes a specific contribution exploring the use of an electronic version of the European Language Portfolio (ELP) to assess learning styles. It reports on a pilot designed for higher education distance students. The eELP enabled students to reflect on their individual language learning process. The paper argues that the use of reflection and self-assessment for learning styles is useful for learners, as it provides relevant information to improve their language learning. It concludes by suggesting that The ELP is a valuable instrument to assess individual learning styles, and that it can be considered as an alternative to tests.
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