What are descriptors of resources?
Descriptors represent resources.
The term resources is generally used in the CARAP for internal resources. Resources are sometimes called abilities, sets of attitudes (French: dispositions), things known (French: connaissances) or constituents. We have kept the term "resources" as it is the one which has the fewest connotations.
Resources can be activated by competences. Up to a certain degree they can be decontextualised, isolated and listed. They can also be defined in terms of acquisition and they can be taught and thus learned as a result of appropriate teaching activities.
Internal resources (as well as the use of external resources, but not competences) can be taught in situations/ tasks which are at least partly decontextualised.
The teacher can work upon resources in the classroom, by assigning different tasks to his/her learners. In this way, teaching contributes to the development of competences via the very resources which they activate.
Details on the descriptors Knowledge, Attitudes and Skills
Here are some examples:
||Knows that languages are continuously evolving
||Knows that languages are linked between themselves by so-called “kinship” relationships / knows that languages belong to families
||Knows about some families of languages and of some languages which make up these families
||Sensitivity to linguistic or cultural differences
||Being aware of different aspects of language or culture which may vary from language to language or from culture to culture
||Can perceive lexical proximity
||Can perceive direct lexical proximity
The resources are also featured as links in the Tables of descriptors across the curriculum. This structure provides a visual aid for exploring the framework. The graphical representation adopted situates resources along the learner’s curriculum.