Tracking Your Child's Progress in Foreing Language
Most parents want to know how well their children are doing in school, but many schools do not have a convenient and effective system to keep parents updated with their children’s progress. As education becomes more internet-based, there are new methods that make it possible for teachers to present the academic activities and progress of students in a systematic manner. An electronic portfolio allows parents to find out more about the kind of education their children are getting in school as well as their abilities and mental development. If your child is learning a foreign language, an electronic portfolio will provide a clear record of his or her progress in various language-related activities.
What are Electronic Portfolios?
An electronic portfolio is a technology-based record of a student’s progress in a certain academic pursuit. In the case of a foreign language course, such a portfolio will include a collection of the student’s written works, such as letters, assignments, and tests, as well as records of his or her progress in the other aspects of the language, such as reading, speaking, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, and overall understanding of the language. An electronic portfolio also contains information about the schedule, objectives, materials, and activities of the course, as well as the student’s personal experiences of the language. This portfolio does not only allow parents to monitor their children’s progress; it also helps students recognize their strengths and weaknesses.
Why Use Electronic Portfolios?
Electronic portfolios can benefit students, parents, and teachers in a number of ways. First of all, they can store a great deal of information without taking up a lot of space. Traditional portfolios are difficult to store because they usually consist of files, boxes, albums, and separate items such as art works and projects. These things need a lot of storage room, and they can be easily misplaced or lost if the school does not have a good storage facility.
Electronic portfolios can be stored in the hard drives of computers, CDs, or floppy discs, and they do not need more physical storage space when more information is included. Assignments, art works, and pictures can be scanned and saved in the computer, and collaborative work with other students can also be recorded. Teachers can give parents a more detailed account of their children’s academic progress with electronic portfolios.
Electronic portfolios also promote computer skills, since they give students the chance to create, organize, and edit things on the computer. Students who are learning a foreign language can use their imagination to make their electronic portfolios more attractive and personal, by adding music, graphics, pictures, and even videos that are related to the language of their study. They can even show certain aspects of the culture of the country where the language is spoken. They will feel a sense of pride when they show their portfolios to their parents, teachers, and classmates.
How to Create Electronic Portfolios?
To create an electronic portfolio for a foreign language course, the first thing to do is to get familiarized with the software. After that, decide whether you want the information to be presented in a linear or non-linear order. In a linear presentation, the information is organized in a certain order, while a non-linear presentation allows viewers to select their own order. Then, make a template to organize the information that will be included in the electronic portfolio.
Enter the student’s name, age, grade, and school year, as well as the name of the teacher in the title card of the electronic portfolio. Then, decide which areas of the course need to be assessed. These can include the student’s proficiency in speaking, listening, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, and writing, as well as records of behavior in class, such as attentiveness, participation, and communication with other students. The areas of assessment should be represented by different information cards in the portfolio.
Next, determine which assessment tool will be used to track the progress of a student. The rubric is the most commonly used tool to assess academic performance. It is a grading system that is based on criteria-rating, and it enables the teacher to get a clear assessment of a student’s performance throughout the course. The rubric also lets students know what they are expected to achieve during the course. After deciding the assessment areas and the assessment tool, fill up the table of contents card to provide easy navigation for viewers.
- An Introduction to Electronic Portfolios In The Language Classroom - a more in-depth description of how to create an electronic portfolio
- Integrating Technology In The Foreign Language Classroom - electronic portfolios for language teachers
- Implementing Electronic Portfolios - benefits, challenges, suggestions
- How To Create Your Own Electronic Portfolio - tutorials in PDF Format
- Jan Hagedorn's Electronic Portfolio - a great example of an electronic portfolio
- Electronic Portfolio Rubric - to be used for self assessment and peer feedback