The Language Ab Initio Student Portfolio
Each Portfolio, published completely in the respective target language, helps the student to :
In addition, the Portfolios provide the teacher with plenty of instructional, revision and assessment materials on the various themes, topics and skills.
So, no more tears on exam day, no more unnecessary stress prior to the final assessments – our “Products of Mass Instruction” now provide everything the students (and teachers !) need in order to be highly successful in this wonderful course.
In the last semester before graduation all Spanish majors must register for SPA099 and complete the Global Language Portfolio that they will have developed throughout their program of study. Portfolios must contain sample work from your various courses and a reflective self-evaluation statement discussing your learning experience in the major. The portfolio will serve to assess your progress in the curriculum and to synthesize your total experience as a major, as well as an evidence of your linguistic and cultural competency.
The purpose of the Spanish Senior Portfolio is:
- to document a majors’ progress in the target language and to measure the extent to which they have met the student learning outcomes;
- to allow majors to self-assess their language skills, to set personal language learning objectives and establish reasonable goals; and
- to assist the Spanish section in determining the strengths and weaknesses of its program so that it may modify its curriculum and address any concerns.
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The Global Language Portfolio is an electronic document that presents information about students’ language-learning experience. The document consists of the following parts:
- Welcome Page. In this page students will post a picture(s) of themselves, briefly describe themselves, what they study, and other information that they consider important..
- Perfil: In this page students will keep record of the levels they achieve throughout every semester. They will use Self-assessment questionnaires to determine their level according to ACTFL rating scale. They will also add a brief reflection about what they need to do to attain the next level.
- Muestras: In this section of the portfolio students will provide writing samples, audio or audiovisual recordings of their oral production.
- Experiencial: in this section students will describe projects that involve community engagement, and reflect on their role in the community and how these experiences have shaped their acquisition of the Spanish language, as well as their understanding of Hispanic cultures. This section will also reflect internships and other forms of hands-on learning experiences.
- En el extranjero: During the semester or year abroad, students will be required to keep a blog about their experience. They will include a link to that blog in this section of the portfolio. Blog updates will include pictures, a list of classes, and samples of the work completed while abroad. In their blog, students should not only narrate experiences and describe things they see… they should also articulate connections between their experiences and what they have learned before about Hispanic culture. If the student is not familiar with the concept of the three Ps of culture, they should get in touch with their advisor to get some guidelines regarding what is expected of this blog.
- Reflexion. Students write a personal statement that include a self-assessment discussion of language strengths and weaknesses, insights into literary texts and the target culture, and reflections upon various learning experiences such as internships, study abroad, or service learning. The statement will have to be grammatically correct and will be used to judge the students’ competency in written Spanish. Students must make sure to proof-read and spell-check the statement.
It is the responsibility of the student to assemble and to maintain their Spanish Major Portfolio. The Spanish Portafolio is a progressive tool to keep record and assess student's progress. For that reasons, students in the major should meet regularly (ideally both at the beginning and the end of each semester) with their advisor to discuss what they need to work on during the semester (samples to upload, design improvements, troubleshooting, etc).
Software for the Spanish Portfolio
Students can create and develop their portafolio with whichever web design software they know how to use. For example: EverWeb, WordPress, Wix, and Google Sites. Students can also schedule an appointment at the Culpeper Language Learning Center to receive guidance about how to create their portafolio.
The Spanish Senior Portfolio will be read and evaluated by a committee composed of the Spanish faculty. Each will evaluate the portfolio according to the following criteria: design and operational fundamentals, overall visual appeal, content and evidence, reflection.
It is the responsibility of Spanish majors to turn in their portfolios to their Spanish advisor no later than April 27.