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See detailForeign Language Teachers’ Assessment Practices in French-Speaking Belgium’s Upper Secondary Schools: A Case Study
Noiroux, Kevin ULg

in The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum (2015), 23(2),

Foreign language classroom assessment practices are a mystery, at least in Belgium. The present case study aims at shedding light on Belgian foreign languages teachers’ assessment practices in secondary ... [more ▼]

Foreign language classroom assessment practices are a mystery, at least in Belgium. The present case study aims at shedding light on Belgian foreign languages teachers’ assessment practices in secondary education. I interviewed seven teachers to know what they assessed and how often they assessed it. I also analyzed the legal provisions that teachers have to respect when they assess. The results show that teachers assess four communicative skills—listening, reading, writing, and speaking—as legally required, but also reveal that they frequently assess vocabulary and grammar, sometimes in ways that are not permitted. Furthermore, they spend a considerable amount of time assessing those skills without even being aware of it. Since these assessments only aim at verifying that the students master the skills, it may be worth investigating whether some assessments are not redundant so as to devote that time to a more productive task. [less ▲]

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See detailOù en est la "culture historique" des élèves ?
Jadoulle, Jean-Louis ULg

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See detail" D'ombre et de lumière " : Récit d'une régénération réussie en chênaie ardennaise
Layon, José; Dubois, Héloïse ULg

in FORÊT.NATURE (2015), (137), 38-47

Nombreux sont les sylviculteurs qui souhaitent régénérer naturellement la chênaie mais le processus demande une gestion pointue, permettant de contourner les obstacles. Une régénération naturelle du chêne ... [more ▼]

Nombreux sont les sylviculteurs qui souhaitent régénérer naturellement la chênaie mais le processus demande une gestion pointue, permettant de contourner les obstacles. Une régénération naturelle du chêne sessile a été mise en place dès 1989 dans un compartiment de 16 ha situé sur le cantonnement DNF de La Roche-en-Ardenne (Belgique). Le peuplement initial était un médiocre taillis sous futaie de chêne et de hêtre à sous-étage de charme. Par ses observations et ses actions précises, le gestionnaire a réussi à installer les semis de chêne, à en soustraire suffisamment de la dent du gibier, bien présent, pour constituer un peuplement de qualité. Les enseignements de l'expérience sont multiples. Quelques points essentiels sont exposés : dosage fin de la lumière pour favoriser le développement des semis de chêne en maîtrisant le hêtre et la végétation adventice, observation de la réaction des semis comme indicateur du moment de l'intervention, exploitation adaptée, dégagement et/ou dépressage dans le semis, pression du gibier, etc. Actuellement, le chêne est régénéré sur plus de 12 ha. Le coût total est estimé entre 800 et 1000 €/ha. [less ▲]

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See detailExergetic, environmental and economic analysis of a biomass cogeneration plant connected to a district heating network.
Sartor, Kevin ULg; Dewallef, Pierre ULg

in Renewable Energy in the Service of Mankind Vol II (2015)

When a district heating network is fed by natural gas boilers (or biomass boilers), the selection of the network temperature level has a slight influence on the boiler efficiency which means that ... [more ▼]

When a district heating network is fed by natural gas boilers (or biomass boilers), the selection of the network temperature level has a slight influence on the boiler efficiency which means that producing at low temperature allows only to decrease the heat losses through the network. However when a cogeneration plant based on a Rankine cycle is used, lowering the network temperature not only decreases the heat losses but also increase the electrical efficiency while decreasing the thermal efficiency. This aspect is very often overlooked when the quality of a cogeneration plant is assessed by the cogeneration efficiency namely the sum of the electrical and thermal efficiency which is misleading for decision makers. In this contribution, an existing cogeneration plant connected to a district heating network installed on the University Campus in Liège (Belgium) is used as an application test case. Based on actual operational and economic data, a detailed economic evaluation is carried out which is supported by a calibrated simulation model of the whole installation in order to study the influence of the network temperature level. As a second step, the simulation model is used again to perform a detailed exergetic analysis intended to give physical insights to the economical study. This results in a broader discussion on the several methods to assess the quality of cogeneration plants and the opportunity to develop such a technology together with district heating networks. [less ▲]

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See detailPrésent et imparfait en moyen-perse et parthe: histoire, évolution et convergence
Ferrer-Losilla, Joan Josep ULg

in Estudios Iranios y Turanios (2015), 2

This paper deals with the problem of the origin of the verbal endings in Middle Persian and Parthian and seeks to show a feasible history of their evolution from proto-Iranian onwards. Starting from the ... [more ▼]

This paper deals with the problem of the origin of the verbal endings in Middle Persian and Parthian and seeks to show a feasible history of their evolution from proto-Iranian onwards. Starting from the assumption that the present indicative of Western Middle Iranian emerged from two old tenses, viz. present and imperfect, my aim is showing how both tenses converged in a single paradigm and how traces of both appear here and there. [less ▲]

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See detailSwitch from Hashimoto Thyroiditis (HT) to Graves Basedow (GB) disease : a controlled study in a series of 15 patients
Maiga, I; BETEA, Daniela ULg; Geenen, Vincent ULg et al

in Abstract book - 20th Annual Congress of the Belgian Society of Internal Medicine (2015, December)

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See detailLes mathématiques à l’honneur à MT180
Favart, Evelyne ULg; Haesbroeck, Gentiane ULg; Kreusch, Marie ULg

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See detailDominant amphipods of Posidonia oceanica seagrass meadows display considerable trophic diversity
Michel, Loïc ULg; Dauby, Patrick ULg; Gobert, Sylvie ULg et al

in Marine Ecology (2015), 36(4), 969-981

Gut content examination and trophic markers (fatty acids, stables isotopes of C and N) were combined to delineate the diet of the dominant species of amphipods from Mediterranean Posidonia oceanica ... [more ▼]

Gut content examination and trophic markers (fatty acids, stables isotopes of C and N) were combined to delineate the diet of the dominant species of amphipods from Mediterranean Posidonia oceanica seagrass meadows and to highlight trophic diversity among this community. Our results indicate that, although all dominant species heavily relied on macroalgal epiphytes, considerable interspecific dietary differences existed. Carbon stable isotope ratios notably showed that some of the amphipod species favored grazing on epiphytes from leaves or litter fragments (Apherusa chiereghinii, Aora spinicornis, Gammarus aequicauda), while others like Dexamine spiniventris preferred epiphytes from rhizomes. The remaining amphipods (Caprella acanthifera, Ampithoe helleri and Gammarella fucicola) readily consumed both groups. In addition, SIAR modeling suggested that most species had a mixed diet, and relied on several food items. Fatty acid analysis and gut contents revealed that contribution of microepiphytic diatoms and of benthic and suspended particulate organic matter to the diet of amphipods were anecdotal. None of the examined species seemed to graze on their seagrass host (low 18:2(n-6) and 18:3(n-3) fatty acids contents), but G. aequicauda partly relied on seagrass leaf detritus, as demonstrated by the lesser 13C-depletion of their tissues. Overall, our findings suggest that amphipods, because of their importance in transfers of organic matter from primary producers and detritus to higher rank consumers, are key-items in P. oceanica associated food webs. [less ▲]

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See detailRegards croisés entre le Portugal et la Wallonie
Belche, Jean-Luc ULg; Sousa, Alexandra

in Santé Conjuguée (2015), 73

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See detailDosage de la lumière pour maintenir la coexistence d’espèces d’ombre et de demi-ombre dans la régénération de la futaie irrégulière
Ligot, Gauthier ULg; Balandier, Philippe; Courbaud, Benoît et al

in Revue Forestière Française (2015), 3

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See detailSarcopenia as a public health problem
Bruyère, Olivier ULg; Beaudart, Charlotte ULg; Locquet, Médéa ULg et al

in European Geriatric Medicine (2015)

The importance of a health problem is based on its current and expected prevalence, its clinical and economic consequences, the social status of people affected by the problem and the availability of an ... [more ▼]

The importance of a health problem is based on its current and expected prevalence, its clinical and economic consequences, the social status of people affected by the problem and the availability of an effective treatment. In this paper, we review the main current literature on sarcopenia in order to assess whether this geriatric syndrome could be considered as a major public health problem. Our review highlights that based on its prevalence, its clinical consequences, the limitations of the current available treatments as well as on the fact that many frail patients are affected by this geriatric syndrome, sarcopenia should be considered as a health priority by all interested parties in order to reduce its burden. [less ▲]

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See detailExploring the bacterial diversity of Belgian steak tartare using metagenetics and qPCR analysis
Delhalle, Laurent ULg; Korsak Koulagenko, Nicolas ULg; Taminiau, Bernard ULg et al

in Journal of Food Protection (2015), 79(2), 200-229

Steak tartare is a popular meat dish in Belgium. It is prepared with raw ground minced beef and eaten with sauce, vegetables, and spiced. Since it contains raw meat, steak tartare is highly prone to ... [more ▼]

Steak tartare is a popular meat dish in Belgium. It is prepared with raw ground minced beef and eaten with sauce, vegetables, and spiced. Since it contains raw meat, steak tartare is highly prone to bacterial spoilage. The objective of this study was to explore the bacterial flora diversity in steak tartare in Belgium according to the source and to determine which bacteria are able to grow during the shelf life. A total of 58 samples from butchers’ shops, restaurants, sandwich shops and supermarkets were collected. These samples were analyzed using 16S rDNA metagenetics, a classical microbiological technique, and quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) targeting the Lactobacillus genus. Samples were analyzed at the beginning and at the end of their shelf life, except for those from restaurants and sandwich shops analyzed only at the purchase date. Metagenetic analysis identified up to 180 bacterial species and 90 genera in some samples. But only seven bacterial species were predominant in the samples, depending on the source: Brochothrix thermosphacta, Lactobacillus algidus, Lactococcus piscium, Leuconostoc gelidum, Photobacterium kishitani, Pseudomonas spp. and Xanthomonas oryzae. With this work, an alternative method is proposed to evaluate the total flora in food samples based on the number of reads from metagenetic analysis and the results of qPCR. The degree of underestimation of aerobic plate counts (APCs) at 30°C estimated with the classical microbiology method was demonstrated in comparison with the proposed culture independent method. Compared to culture-based methods, metagenetic analysis combined with qPCR targeting Lactobacillus provides valuable information for characterizing the bacterial flora of raw meat. [less ▲]

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