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Portfolios
Portfolios
 
     A portfolio is a living, growing collection of a students’ work- each addition is selected for a specific reason which the student will explain.  The overall purpose of the portfolio is to enable the student to demonstrate to others learning and progress through the major.   The greatest value of a portfolio is that in the course of building it, the student becomes an active participant in the learning process and its assessment. 

     1.  A portfolio is a form of assessment of course work over time.
     2.  A portfolio is not just a collection; it is a selection of important pieces of work.
     3.  A portfolio shows growth over time, over the course of the students’ years in the university.
     4.  A portfolio is assessed by both the professors in the program and the student individually.
     5.  The entries in the portfolio will show growth in all language domains/skills and in the chosen coursework of a student.
 
     It is important to include all of the following in your portfolio.  The portfolio must be finished and turned in for departmental approval by the eighth week of the final semester the student is enrolled.  It is a requirement for graduation from the Foreign Language Department.

     1.  Cover letter:  The cover letter summarizes the evidence of student’s learning and progress throughout the student’s university career.  Two sections of the cover letter, “About the author”, and “What my portfolio shows about my progress as a learner” will be written in the final semester and posted as part of the cover letter.
     2.  Table of contents:  Numbered pages of what is included.
     3.  Entries:  Both core entries and optional entries may be included.  The core elements will be required of each student and will provide a common base from which to make decisions on assessment.  The optional items will allow the folder to represent each student’s unique aspirations and further goals.  Students may include “best” pieces of work, and also pieces of work that were less successful with explanations of growth.  (See “Portfolio Grid” attachment-note that the core documents fulfill a variety of NPU goals and objectives.)
For transfer students and NPU students who declare the Spanish major late in their career, do your best to assemble documents that represent your work in the Spanish courses you have taken, such as important tests, final papers, and/or major projects.
     4.  Dates:  All pieces from classes will be dated to show growth over time.
     5.  Drafts:  Written drafts of papers may be included with corrected revisions.  Corrected papers are essential for final seminar papers, the honors thesis (SPAN4000), and research papers for internships.
     6.  Reflections:  For each item a brief rationale for choosing the item will be included. Students will reflect about what he or she has learned from doing the project and for the meaning of the item in the portfolio.
     7.  Appropriate photos and visuals: Visuals are encouraged in order to illustrate learning and add interest.
     8.  Powerpoint presentation:  A Powerpoint (in corrected Spanish) covering a study-abroad experience or an internship shall be submitted on a CD or DVD.


 
Philosophy and the Assessment of the Portfolio
     Assessment of the portfolio should be viewed as an interactive process that engages the student and the department professors in monitoring performance.  This criterion-referenced assessment relates teaching and evaluation in a unique way.  Not only do professors see what students think about as they evaluate their learning, professors can evaluate and change their teaching based on what students say about learning.

     Portfolio assessment is an ongoing process that involves the teacher and student in selecting pieces to include and to individually accent the uniqueness of the student.  What goes into the portfolio should be much more than a simple folder of student work.  Students should be encouraged to consider the purpose of the portfolio for their individual use.  For example, a student would include different things in the portfolio based on individual goals:  showcasing of a study abroad experience, a graduate school entrance, a work place job interview, a teaching portfolio for education students, and an oral based job in the social service sector. Each goal would require different pieces for evaluation.


     Click here to see the rubric used to evaluate the portfolio.
Conclusion
     As language teachers, with this tool we have a wider range of evidence on which to judge our students’ learning.  We have first-hand proof to judge if our seniors are becoming competent, purposeful language users.  We can respond to differing learning styles and value the diversity therein.  Hopefully we will instill in students lifelong skills related to critically thinking about what they learn both in the classroom and outside of it as they learned to speak, read and write a second language. 
What is a portfolio?
Essential elements of a portfolio
   
1010-1020 > Initial survey (first day of class)
> Value-added question (part of the final exam)
   Your instructor will keep these on file.
2010-2020-2030 > Poem on identity
> Journal on orphanage experience
> Final presentation
> One exam
2040 > Analytical essay
> One exam
2130 > Analytical essay
> One exam
3150 > Essay on society's attitude and responsibility toward senior citizens
> One exam
3160-3170 > Photo of poster
> Mid-term exam
3100-3400 > Video of group project
> Short critical essay on a literary theme
3910-3920 > Value-added question on course content
> Report on human rights meeting
> Compare-contrast research paper
4010 > Value-added question on course content
> Compare-constrast research paper on Don Quijote and Cien Años de Soledad
> Journal
> One paper
Morelia > Internship journal
> Cultural survey
other > Exit survey
> Exit interview
> Assembly & maintenance of portfolio

notes

When you assemble your final portfolio, you will be able to choose one item from several categories. For example, you can choose from among the journal on your orphange experience, your essay on attitudes and responsibilities, and your report on human rights to demonstrate attainment of the learning outcomes of "character, social responsbility, and faith." Talk to your advisor about the current list of options.

Portfolio submission
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