A Reflective and Archival Record of Communicative Competence and Cultural Experience
Welcome to the Lafayette World Languages Portfolio Project: A New Model for Mapping Cultural and Communicative Competence in Foreign Language Learning
The ePortfolio is a digital archive that documents the achievement of specified goals and learning outcomes within language learning. It also functions as an educational blueprint of learning opportunities in and beyond the classroom. Because students document their learning throughout their college careers, the e-Portfolio provides a unique vehicle for tracing the evolution of language proficiency and cultural competence. Rather than basing assessment solely on traditional exams or papers, the e-Portfolio showcases what students can actually do with a language.
History of the e-Portfolio
The e-Portfolio or LinguaFolio is an ongoing assessment archive that is seeing increased use in the United States and Europe. In the United States alone, 16 states are currently engaged in various stages of development and/or implementation of a LinguaFolio.
The Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures at Lafayette recently was awarded a Faculty Initiative Grant to develop innovative, outcomes-based approaches to language-teaching and learning. In a discipline that involves the development of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills as well as knowledge of the myriad aspects of culture or cultures related to the language of study, it is extremely difficult to measure proficiency. The Language Portfolio is a cutting-edge concept that seeks to encourage a multiplicity of approaches to assessing cultural and communicative competency. See also: e-Portfolio info for the template, gallery of student e-Portfolios, assessment badges/rubrics and details about the LaFolio Challenge.
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The Lafayette Language Portfolio: Lafolio
It facilitates students’ reflection on their goals, the learning process and their individual growth.
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