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LinguaFolio WA

[Information from 2010]

Washington State began to pilot LinguaFolio(R) in 2010. Here are links to resources that we adapted from other states and NCSSFL. 
 
 
This one-page summary of competencies is based on the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines scale from Novice (Low-Mid-High) to Intermediate (Low-Mid-High) to Advanced (Low-Mid-High) to Superior. This may be helpful to share with students and parents to help them understand the long-term goals of a language program.
 
For example, K-12 language immersion programs (where students have begun learning a language in Kindergarten for at least half the day and have continued intensive content-based instruction throughout their middle and high school years) aspire to have students reach Advanced Low by the end of high school, if possible, so that they might develop Superior proficiency by the end of college. Based on national assessment data (from STAMP assessments offered through Avant Assessment), not even half the students in a typical high school language program will reach Novice High in Reading, Writing, and Speaking after three years of high school language instruction. Most students who pass AP exams are in the Intermediate range and many have completed five years of language instruction.
 
Thus, it may take several years of elementary language instruction (at 90-120 minutes per week) for students to move from Novice Low to Novice Mid. However, if they could start middle school at Novice Mid, they would have a much better chance of reaching Novice High before beginning high school. The effort is worth it!
 
 
LinguaFolioJr Grades K-4
 
Most states have a combined LinguaFolioJr package for grades K-8. We have split the package for our Washington pilot for a couple of reasons. One is that younger children need simpler checklists with more graphics. Another is that, in reality, most students in elementary level programs (with the exception of immersion programs) are not likely to get much past Novice Low to Novice Mid. The checklists are not so critical for measuring or distinguishing proficiency levels, but they do provide a helpful tool for students to track what they are learning and give the teacher something meaningful to share with parents.
 
Suggestions:
  • Rather than handing out the complete LinguaFolio packet at one time, introduce one page each week with different CanDos for the various skills (some focus on Speaking, some on Writing, etc.).
  • Have students write the date when they check off an item (so you'll know when they felt confident about performing that skill).


LinguaFolioJr Grades 5-8

For the upper grades, we have used the more detailed checklists provided by NCSSFL. The templates below include Novice Low to Intermediate Low because, realistically, very few children (other than heritage learners) would be likely to reach Intermediate levels in a typical non-immersion elementary program. For a complete set of templates through Superior, you can download the forms from the NCSSFL website or North Carolina web site. (See LinguaFolio page for links.)

Suggestions:
  • Rather than handing out the complete LinguaFolio packet at one time, start with the Novice Low pages first. After you review what the students have checked off, decide if some students might be ready to check off items in Novice Mid, etc.
  • Have students write the date when they check off an item (so you'll know when they felt confident about performing that skill).

Customizing CanDo Statements

It is perfectly appropriate for you to add more specific CanDo statements to clarify the overarching CanDo statements for each communication mode and proficiency level. It is best to leave the main CanDo statements in place, however, to allow for comparison of data across years. See the LinguaFolio Online Screen Print for an example of how a general CanDo can be split into several "Sub CanDos" (which may possibly be more familiar or relevant CanDo statements for the student).


Tracking Student Assessment Results

Review the examples below from the STARTALK ACE 2009 summer language camps to see one approach for tracking changes in the checklists over time. (In the case of the summer camp, it was over a two-week period.)



If you would like to use these draft templates in your classrooms, please consider contacting michele.aoki@k12.wa.us to join the LinguaFolioWA Pilot Group. Thanks!
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Use this template from NCSSL to summarize results from the LinguaFolio Checklist.   Jul 13, 2011, 8:13 AM Michele Aoki
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LinguaFolio up to Intermediate Mid -- could be used for students who want to earn Credit for Proficiency   931k v. 5 Aug 3, 2010, 2:56 PM Michele Aoki
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Progress Report Summary tailored for Washington's pilot of LinguaFolio  89k v. 2 Sep 17, 2010, 4:34 PM Michele Aoki
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One page summary of Competencies (Novice Low to Superior)  37k v. 2 Mar 27, 2010, 10:27 PM Michele Aoki
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Presentation on LinguaFolio at National Chinese Language Conference in DC April 2010  1504k v. 2 Jun 25, 2010, 2:22 PM Michele Aoki
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LinguaFolio Jr Checklist adapted for Seattle Schools Chinese language program for students to take home as an end-of-year progress report (adapted from Nebraska LinguaFolio)  336k v. 3 Mar 27, 2010, 10:30 PM Michele Aoki
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Passport and Checklists tailored at Novice Low - Mid levels for 2-week summer language camp  412k v. 2 Mar 28, 2010, 5:58 PM Michele Aoki
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Report of results from LinguaFolio tracking in summer language camp.  346k v. 2 Mar 28, 2010, 5:59 PM Michele Aoki
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Excel file set up to track the results from the LinguaFolio checklists used in the camp with "before" and "after" data. (Student names removed.)  177k v. 2 Mar 28, 2010, 6:02 PM Michele Aoki
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