LinguaFolio® is a portfolio assessment instrument designed to support individuals in setting and achieving their goals for learning languages.
It includes these three components:
This three-fold approach, based on the European Language Portfolio, enables language learners of all ages and levels to document their language learning as they move along the continuum towards greater proficiency.
LinguaFolio® is not limited to documenting progress in learning "foreign" languages. Native speakers of languages other than English can use LinguaFolio® to document both their progress in learning English as an additional language and their proficiency in their home language or languages. Native speakers of English learning other world languages can use LinguaFolio® in a similar manner, documenting their progress in the additional language or languages they are learning, as well as documenting their level of proficiency in English.
Given this flexibility of purpose and design, LinguaFolio® can be utilized to support language learning and articulation between levels in any setting: immersion programs, dual language programs, FLES programs, courses for adults, content-based language programs, or in traditional middle, high school and post-secondary language sequences. A LinguaFolio® Junior version is being developed for elementary language learners and will be available soon.
The vision of LinguaFolio® is to allow seamless progress in language learning as individuals move from one level to another, from one program to another, and even as they cease to participate in formal language instruction, but continue active language learning independently. The goal is to empower each individual learner to take responsibility for his or her language learning and be able to continue to develop proficiency independently and autonomously once the formal sequence of language instruction has ended.
When teachers and learners work together to document language learning in this manner, language learners, as well as teachers and professors working at various levels, have common terminology to describe what learners are able to do. Teacher and professors are able to articulate the level of proficiency that is needed in order to attempt a course. Once this common vocabulary is established and utilized, meaningful articulation of language learning from pre-Kindergarten to post graduate and beyond can and should result, thereby efficiently moving many more students to higher levels of proficiency and wisely using limited resources.
Building Your Own LinguaFolio®
All of the documents necessary to build your own electronic or paper version of LinguaFolio® are available on this page as free downloads. Two formats are available: a PDF version that may be printed and completed by hand, and a Word version that is form-fillable. In order to complete the Word documents, download and save the Word files to your computer before filling in information. Any information filled in directly on the web site will NOT be saved
In order to give a complete picture of your language and cultural competencies, it is important that you record information in all three sections of the LinguaFolio®:
After you complete the Language Biography and collect samples of your work for the Language Dossier, you will record a summary of these experiences in the Language Passport. The Passport may then be shown to others to give them an overview of your language and cultural competencies
1. Language Learning Background
Choose from the following templates those that are most appropriate for documenting your language background. Two formats are available; one as a PDF version, that may be printed and completed by hand or a Word version, that is form fillable. In order to complete the Word documents, download and save the Word files to your computer before filling in information. Any information filled in directly on the web site will NOT be saved.
You may choose to complete the following templates at various times during your language learning process as is appropriate with your individual learning experiences.
Intercultural Summary (Record) (Word format or PDF format)
Interculturality refers to the interaction of people from different cultures, using authentic language appropriately to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the cultures. It is your ability to experience the culture of another person and to be open-minded, interested, and curious about that person and culture. You can also evaluate your own feelings, thoughts, perceptions, and reactions in order to understand and to use that experience to reflect on your own life and surroundings.
Download the forms as needed to document multiple experiences. Two formats are available; one as a PDF version, that may be printed and completed by hand or a Word version, that is form fillable. In order to complete the Word documents, download and save the Word files to your computer before filling in information. Any information filled in directly on the web site will NOT be saved.
3. LinguaFolio® Checklists
Two formats are available; one as a PDF version, that may be printed and completed by hand or a Word version, that is form fillable. In order to complete the Word documents, download and save the Word files to your computer before filling in information. Any information filled in directly on the web site will NOT be saved.
Interpretive Listening Checklist (Word format)
In this section, there are "can do" statements to help you assess your language competencies. Using the LinguaFolio® checklists, go through one mode, such as Interpretive, from Novice Low to the highest level you can reach. If you can check off most of the can-do statements within the proficiency level, then you are performing at that level of proficiency and can progress to the next level. Continue until you reach a level where you cannot yet check the majority of the items. Attaining this level becomes your goal. Then continue with the next mode of communication, following the same process until you have assessed yourself in all modes of communication.
B. Language Dossier
For the Language Dossier, you will choose a collection of work samples and certificates to document your language skills, experiences, and achievements. The samples you choose for the Language Dossier should show evidence of language growth or progress over time. You should, therefore, update your Dossier regularly. A minimum of once a year is suggested. Provide samples for the Dossier that support your proficiency as determined by the checklists. Samples may include projects, research, compositions, copies of awards, certificates that include test results or language skills, PowerPoint presentations, CDs or video clips, audio presentations, and photos. Your samples should provide the best evidence of language learning tied to the can-do statements you can do easily as you progress through the levels of proficiency. Be sure to include samples across all modes of communication and documentation of your interculturality.
Use the LinguaFolio® Dossier (Word format or PDF format) to list the type of work, a description of the work, and the date that work is completed in the Table of Contents. In order to complete the Word documents, download and save the Word files to your computer before filling in information. Any information filled in directly on the web site will NOT be saved. The PDF format may be printed and completed by hand.
C. Language Passport
The Language Passport provides a comprehensive picture of what you can do with language. It summarizes information from your Language Biography, including when you reach what proficiency level based on the can-do checklists; your interculturality; and formal qualifications, certificates, or diplomas. Together, the information in your Passport gives an overview of your experiences and competencies with different languages.
The Passport can be shown when you transfer from school to school, from level to level, or from teacher to teacher. It also can accompany college applications or student portfolios to provide further information regarding language proficiency. Finally, the Passport can be used for professional purposes and can accompany a job application or résumé when you are seeking employment.
Complete the LinguaFolio® Passport (Word format or PDF format) by including the pertinent information from the biography section that provides the best "snapshot" of your language learning background as well as communicative and intercultural competencies.
The word document is form filled protected. In order to complete the word document, please download and save the word file to your computer before filling in information. Any information filled in directly on the web site will NOT be saved. There is also a PDF version of the document that may be printed and completed by hand if you wish to use that format.