EFL Portfolios


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This is the power point presentation I used in one of my trainings for the ALC/Moldova staff in July 2009. For more information, contact me at danielamunca@gmail.com.

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EFL Portfolios

  1. 1. Integrating Student Portfolios in ESL Instruction By Daniela Munca ALC July 2009 Training for the ALC staff
  2. 2. <ul><li>Workshop organized for the American Language Center Moldova staff, June 2009 </li></ul>
  3. 3. An ESL (Language) Portfolio is: <ul><li>a selection of examples of work that provides specific evidence of a learner’s progress in learning English </li></ul><ul><li>not a collection of everything a learner has done throughout the course, but a representational sampling of items that the learner think show what the learner has learned to do in English </li></ul><ul><li>material related to the 4 skill areas </li></ul><ul><li>An opportunity for students to reflect on their work and develop students' ability to critique their own progress. </li></ul><ul><li>In an ESP course </li></ul><ul><li>the portfolio would contain language samples or activities reflecting the particular context of the course </li></ul><ul><li>(Business English, Hotel English, Exam Preparation) </li></ul>
  4. 4. What should be included in a Portfolio? <ul><li>Audio- and videotaped recordings of readings or oral presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Writing samples such as essays, book reports, writing assignments, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Art work such as pictures or drawings, graphs and charts </li></ul><ul><li>Tests and quizzes. </li></ul><ul><li>To gain multiple perspectives on students' academic development, it is important for teachers to include more than one type of material in the portfolio. </li></ul>
  5. 6. Why ESL Portfolios in ALC classes? <ul><li>open-ended and flexible </li></ul><ul><li>depends on the focus of the course and level of learners </li></ul><ul><li>any kind of material that a teacher would look at to determine a learner’s level and progress: </li></ul><ul><li>Writing samples, tests, lists of books/stories a learner has read and completed, short summaries of their favorite videos, movies and songs, presentation, spelling tests, a completed answer sheet from </li></ul>
  6. 7. Student-focused assessment !!! <ul><li>Not time consuming , as the students put together the portfolios by themselves </li></ul><ul><li>Student-centered assessment – they are in charge of selecting their own sample work </li></ul><ul><li>Realistic !!!! (Final tests are not %100 accurate) </li></ul><ul><li>Raise students’ awareness of the effort someone needs to invest in studying a language </li></ul><ul><li>Supports students’ interests : everything they do is being saved, collected and analyzed by the end of the semester </li></ul><ul><li>Consistent: covering not just the final score of the written test, but a collection of projects / activities demonstrating students’ progress </li></ul>
  7. 8. The European Language Portfolio <ul><li>a document in which those who are learning or have learned a language can record and reflect on their language learning and cultural experiences </li></ul><ul><li>contains a language passport which its owner regularly updates </li></ul><ul><li>contains a detailed language biography describing the owner's experiences in each language </li></ul><ul><li>is designed to guide the learner in planning and assessing progress </li></ul><ul><li>a dossier where examples of personal work can be kept to illustrate one's language competences. </li></ul>
  8. 9. Study Case: Business Advanced Class <ul><li>8 students </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced level </li></ul><ul><li>Age: 17-21 </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on general business </li></ul><ul><li>Course length: 1 month (intensive) </li></ul><ul><li>Portfolio to be submitted: by the end of the month (July) </li></ul>
  9. 10. Business English Portfolio Contents <ul><li>1. </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Statement – Goals and Expectations </li></ul><ul><li>What the student expects to learn from the course </li></ul><ul><li>How he / she is going to use this information in his / her future professional or academic life </li></ul><ul><li>What are the areas for improvement: spoken English, written business English </li></ul>
  10. 11. 2. Favorite YouTube Video <ul><li>Short summary of the video </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection: why the video was interesting </li></ul><ul><li>Relevance: is the information useful? </li></ul>
  11. 12. 3. Favorite Text / Audio Sample <ul><li>Title of the </li></ul><ul><li>text / audio </li></ul><ul><li>2) The four W analysis: </li></ul><ul><li>Who? What? </li></ul><ul><li>Where? and When? </li></ul><ul><li>3) The A/D/I/N analysis: </li></ul><ul><li>Agree, Disagree, Interesting!!!!, New Information (didn’t know that …) </li></ul><ul><li>4) Personal perspective: student’s response </li></ul>
  12. 13. 4. 5 Illustrated Business Idioms
  13. 14. 6. BBC Financial / CNN Money Article Response
  14. 15. 7. Language Areas Progress Assessment <ul><li>Which areas of English language the student improved on; </li></ul><ul><li>Which areas the student need improvement; </li></ul><ul><li>Most challenging language areas: Passive Voice; Reported Speech, Present Perfect, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Style: new methods and learning tips </li></ul>
  15. 16. 8. Video Resume <ul><li>The EFL students are asked to create a video resume that would include: </li></ul><ul><li>- their personal info </li></ul><ul><li>- goals – what career they plan to pursue or which company they would like to work for one day </li></ul><ul><li>- skills and special talents </li></ul><ul><li>- educational and professional (if any) background </li></ul><ul><li>See two sample here: </li></ul><ul><li>Sample Video Interview 1 (for high school students), </li></ul><ul><li>Sample 2 - Professional </li></ul>
  16. 17. Let’s Get Down to Business: <ul><li>Teamwork : analyze the individual portfolio samples and share your ideas with the rest of the class: from beginner to pre-intermediate level </li></ul><ul><li>Pair-work : create a portfolio sample plan for one of the classes you teach; include the following: </li></ul><ul><li>Contents </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Materials included </li></ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul>