LinguaFolio and LinguaFolio Online:
“Can Do” Language Learning
OFLA Annual Conference
April 9, 2010
Ryan Wertz - ODE World Languages Consultant
Parthena Draggett – Jackson High School WL Department
I. What is LinguaFolio and how is it used to
document language learning?
II. Where does LinguaFolio come from?
III. What does LinguaFolio do for students?
IV. What are the 3 components of LinguaFolio?
V. How does LinguaFolio promote goal setting &
support reflective learning?
VI. What importance does LinguaFolio place on
VII. What are the benefits of LinguaFolio?
VIII. Who is using LinguaFolio?
IX. Practical information and advice from a
LinguaFolio piloting teacher.
I. What is LinguaFolio and
how is it used to document
…is a standards-based, self-directed
formative assessment tool that
records ongoing language learner
progress and, along with external
summative assessment results,
provides a comprehensive view
of student performance.
…is a three-part electronic portfolio that language
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;
set personalized language-learning goals;
reflect on & self-assess their own language learning; and
document their interactions with other cultures and any
Parents of language learners;
Educators of language learners at all
Prospective employers / business.
LinguaFolio users document their
language learning by archiving…
language samples that best reflect their current
language proficiency (performance-based
assessments, projects, presentations, tests, etc.);
examples of their intercultural experiences;
language-learning goals and self-reflections on
awards, certificates and other examples of their
language-learning accomplishments; and
other external summative assessments (e.g.,
STAMP test, CAAP test, AP test, OPI, WPT, etc.).
LinguaFolio Online Portal
LinguaFolio for Young Learners
Under Revision – Returning Soon!
(Check www.ncssfl.org for updates.)
II. Where do LinguaFolio
and LinguaFolio Online
…is a creation of the National Council
of State Supervisors of Languages,
which is the national organization of
language professionals charged
with overseeing K-12 world
language teaching and learning at
the state level.
ACTFL ACTFL K-12
LinguaFolio Online will eventually replace the first
generation LinguaFolio (which was paper-based).
LF Online is being developed for the NCSSFL by
CASLS, the Center for Applied Second Language
Study, which is a national foreign language center
housed at the University of Oregon.
The component parts of LF Online are being
revised and added to the NCSSFL Web site on a
regular basis. Visit regularly!
III. What does LinguaFolio
do for students?
LinguaFolio promotes learner
success by requiring learners to…
regularly evaluate their own
competencies and proficiency progress;
identify and understand their strengths
and weaknesses related to language
know how to routinely set learning goals
and benefit by reflecting on them ;
LinguaFolio promotes learner
success by requiring learners to…
understand that greater effort equals greater
discover what strategies and techniques help
them learn; and
know how and when to use a variety of these
LinguaFolio is designed to…
serve as a tool for students to manage and self-
assess their own language learning and
add value to language learning and intercultural
competency by providing individuals with the
means to document their performance;
facilitate articulation among K-16 language
programs based on a clear and commonly
accepted description of language proficiency;
recognize and value heritage languages;
LinguaFolio is designed to… (cont.)
promote language learning and intercultural
growth as a life-long endeavors;
promote “plurilingualism” & “pluriculturalism”;
make language learning and intercultural
growth more clearly understood by those other
than language educators (e.g., parents,
enhance the mobility and marketability of
students and workers; and
benchmark language learning in the U.S. with
internationally accepted proficiency criteria.
IV. What are the
LANGUAGE DOSSIER PASSPORT
BIOGRAPHY Digital text, Summarized
audio, and snap shot of
video work self-
Can-do Podcasts Record of
I. The Biography includes:
A self-assessment checklist, which enables
students to self-assess what they know and can
do with a language. This checklist must be
completed before the learner fills out the other
two portions of his/her LinguaFolio.
Tools for identifying one’s study skills and
learning styles (Learning Styles Inventory);
Multiple documents from which to choose for
recording significant language learning and
intercultural experiences; and
The learner’s goals and learning reflections.
Written in the form of student-friendly “Can Do”
Checklists for Novice Low through Superior in:
Checklists can be accessed on the NCSSFL Web
site at: http://www.ncssfl.org/links/index.php?self-
Novice Mid Can-Do Statements
LinguaFolio Jr. Can Do’s
Classroom Self-Assessment Activity
Easily With help
I can identify 5 rooms in a house. __ __
I can make a chore list for my
family members. __ __
I can answer questions about my
room. __ __
I can write a 4-5 sentence
description of my house for a realtor. __ __
The Biography includes self-inventories
related to the following:
History of language-learning ;
Travel, study, and/or work in other
Language use in programs or foreign
Pen pals or hosting exchange students; and
Reflections on important linguistic and
II. The Dossier includes….
Digital text, audio, and video work
samples, MP3 files and Podcasts;
Certificates that indicate language
Reports from tutors, teachers, program
directors, etc.; and
Formative & Summative
• Self-assessments • ELLOPA / SOPA
of language • STAMP / NOELLA
competencies and • OPI / MOPI
• End-of-Course Exams
• Performance Tasks
• Work Samples
• Learning tasks
III. The Passport includes:
1. A linguistic profile which summarizes:
Formal language-learning and intercultural
experiences associated with school;
Informal language-learning and intercultural
experiences outside of school;
Summer study, academies, or camps; and
Contact with speakers of the language.
2. A self-assessment grid and global scale.
V. How does LinguaFolio
promote goal setting and support
1. Use / Review the “I cans” and the self-assessment grid.
2. Write goals based on a preview of the upcoming chapter
or unit content and learner’s perceived strengths.
3. Visit chapter or unit and determine learning strategies
for achieving goals.
4. Save goals and all completed class work in a folder, on a
CD, or on a shared or portable (e.g., flash) drive.
5. End of chapter/unit: Choose BEST work for each goal.
6. Self-Assess: reflection based on BEST work and goals.
7. Revisit the “I can…” statements in the Biography
section and update as necessary.
Self- Learning Select
assess Process strategies
Critical Element #1: Goal Setting
Model the creation of realistic /attainable learning
goals for your students.
Incorporate the setting and review of learning
goals into your daily routine;
Provide frequent opportunities for learners to set
and reflect on their own goals.
Make it clear that functional use of language, not
grammar knowledge, is their primary goal.
Critical Element #2: Learner Reflection
Learners must connect what they already know to what
they are learning;
They must check frequently to see what they can and
cannot do yet;
They must determine which learning strategies help them
learn most effectively; and
They must reflect on the effectiveness of the strategies
they selected and the goals they set ;and
Based on their reflections, they must set more effective
goals and select better strategies for future learning.
VI. What importance does
LinguaFolio place on
Reflecting on Interculturality
Learners must be able to:
Identify the multiple aspects of culture &
relate them to their language learning
Find and successfully engage in
Self-assess their intercultural growth; and
Describe how their intercultural skills have
changed/developed over time.
Reflecting on Interculturality
Provide insight into their own culture;
Share their own intercultural experiences;
Provide language learners with
opportunities to have their own unique
Demystify cultural differences; and
Facilitate student reflection on their own
VIII. What are the proven
The Benefits of LinguaFolio:
Increases learner motivation;
Requires active learning;
Promotes learner autonomy;
Requires learners to think about his/her
own learning (metacognition); and
Allows for smoother transitions
between levels/teachers and between
Increases teacher creativity;
Puts a stronger focus on communication;
Improves relationships and communication
between teachers and students;
Informs parents; and
Facilitates a greater appreciation of foreign
language use by local communities.
VIII. Who is using
Who is using LinguaFolio in the U.S.?
Language learners/users in….
middle school programs;
….in nine pilot states (including OH) and most of
the other states around the country.
Important Tips for Teachers:
Model, model, model!
Help students set realistic goals.
Store LinguaFolio files electronically. Be
sure to back up files in a separate
Use LinguaFolio to introduce new
chapters/units and later to give closure.
LinguaFolio Online (CASLS)
European Language Portfolio
Ohio LinguaFolio Contacts:
Debbie Robinson, ODE Consultant
Ryan Wertz, ODE Consultant
Carol Eiber, Retired LF Piloter
Parthena Dragett, Current LF Piloter