The Integration of E-Portfolios in the Foreign Language Classroom: Towards Intercultural and Reflective Competences

  • Chi Shan ChuiEmail author
  • Céline Dias


This article examines the implementation of e-portfolio (ePF) as an innovative and alternative form of assessment in the French and German language courses of the European Studies undergraduate programme at HKBU. It focuses on the potentials of ePF in achieving Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILO): how it helps students improve their language skills and, at a broader level, how it helps students develop their intercultural and reflexive competence in handling an increasingly diverse variety of situations in our increasingly globalized world. To begin with, we believe in the necessity to implement innovative teaching to foster our graduates’ capacity for lifelong learning through ePF. A qualitative and quantitative research was then conducted to analyse samples of our students’ reflexive and critical essays in their ePFs, along with questionnaires distributed to study their views towards portfolio keeping. The results obtained are in favour of the implementation of ePF in foreign language classes although they also reveal the issue that students could be disorientated in using ePF, which initially requires attention.


E-portfolio Foreign language teaching & learning Intercultural competences Reflection Alternative assessment Students’ perception 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.European Studies Programme, GISHong Kong Baptist UniversityKowloon TongHong Kong

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