Welcome to LinguaFolio
The Ultimate Inbox
LEP Coordinators Meeting
January 16, 2007
Helga Fasciano
Second Language Consultant
“Why is Helga here?”
NC Title III Application
Question #3.1
What types of ongoing assessments
are in place to monitor the progress of
LEP students?
Assessments
Formative
Ongoing
Frequent
Usually brief
Not Very Formal
Usually no grade
Informs instruction
or learning
Summative
Periodic
Measures student
progress
Evaluates mastery
of material or
content
LinguaFolio
A language portfolio learners keep throughout
their educational and professional careers
 to document their language competencies
in all languages, including heritage
languages and English for speakers of
other languages
 to reflect on their intercultural
competencies
 to manage their own language learning
LinguaFolio
Belongs to the learner not the
school/institution
 Has 3 sections
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 Passport
 Biography
 Dossier
Transatlantic Dialogue
Sponsored by the Goethe Institut
Members of
 Council
of Europe
 Ministries of Education
 National Council of State
Supervisors for Languages
(NCSSFL)
EUROPEAN LANGUAGE PORTFOLIO
PORTFOLIO EUROPÉEN DES LANGUES
Common Scale of Reference
(CSR)
a description of what people
can do at 6 different levels of language
performance and competence
A-Basic
User
A1
A2
B-Independent
User
B1
B2
C-Proficient
User
C1
C2
Research from the ELP pilot
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Increased motivation
Increased self-confidence
Increased active learning
Increased time thinking about
learning
Improved relations between
learner/teacher
Five-State Pilot
Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina,
South Carolina, Virginia
 Teacher Training
 Field Response
 Instrument Refinement
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North Carolina Student
Responses
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“You get to see how much you have
improved this year and what I need to
work on.”
“…got us more involved in what we
were doing in class.”
“I have a place to put my work to show
my mom and friends what I can do .”
LinguaFolio Nebraska Study
Dr. Ali Moeller, University of Nebraska
 the impact of goal setting on student
achievement
 the role of self-assessment
 the implementation of LF as an
assessment tool to promote
articulated K-16 language program
Learner Autonomy
Does not mean. . .
 Self-instruction
 Teacher
transferring
all control to
learners
Does mean. . .
 Learners accept
responsibility for
their learning, review
their learning and
evaluate its
effectiveness
 Learners exhibit a
capacity for
reflection
Strategies that Support
Autonomous Learning
Cooperative Learning
 Journaling
 Peer Assessment
 Portfolios
 Problem-Based Learning
 Rubrics
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Activities that help support
autonomous learning
Admit/Exit Slips
 Application Cards
 KWL
 Learner Logs
 Think, Pair, and Share
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Reflective Teaching
The teacher
 uses
the target language
 helps learners to communicate by
scaffolding speech
 engages learners in activities that
produce language
 involves learners regularly in
evaluating their progress & thinking
about how they learn
Reflective Learning
The learners
 think
about their own learning
through a deliberate step-by-step
process.
 gradually develop a useful repertoire
of learning strategies.
 demystify the learning process
through ongoing teacher, peer and
self-evaluation.
Learners’ reflections include
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connecting what they already
know to what they are learning
checking frequently to see what
they can and cannot do yet
determining which activities help
them learn most effectively
setting small, achievable goals
planning and monitoring future
learning
Student Self-Check
What am I learning?
 Why am I learning it?
 How am I learning it?
 How successful is my learning?
 How can I demonstrate my learning?
 What am I going to do next?
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Interculturality Reflections
What was your reaction?
 Why did you react that way?
 Do you understand?
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Practical Tips for Using
LinguaFolio
As a formative assessment
 Guided
by ESL teacher
integrated throughout the
course
 As part of the periodic progress
check for advanced students
Housing LinguaFolio
On Paper
 Notebook
 Individual folders
 In the classroom
 Student kept
Electronically
 Floppy Disk
 Jump Drive
 CD
 Hard Drive
 School Server
 Classroom
 Computer Lab
LinguaFolio Versions
LinguaFolio Jr.
Grades K-2 (NE)
 Grades 3-8
 Reflects outcomebased program goals
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LinguaFolio
Grades 7-16 / 9-16
 Reflects personal goals and career plans
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LinguaFolio
IS
 Ongoing formative
assessment
 For the learner
 A tool
IS Not
 Summative
Assessment
 A one size fits all
 To be completed in
one day
LinguaFolio
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