Introduction to Language Studies Student Portfolios
ILS Student Portfolios
During ILS, each student builds a portfolio which is provided to their target language teaching teams. The portfolio contains: an assessment of the students’ English grammar abilities, learner background information, writing samples about student motivations for language learning, and a preliminary language learning plan based on personal learning styles and preferred language learning strategies.
The goals of the portfolio are to:
- increase faculty’s understanding of the language learner’s context
- provide a consistent and informative tool that facilitates a tailored approach to foreign language learning
- emphasize a critical thinking approach to foreign language learning that encourages students to consider:
- how they learn
- what strategies and approaches help them to learn most efficiently and effectively
- how to adapt skills, strategies, and approaches to varying language learning tasks and settings
Student Portfolio Orientation for Teaching Teams
At the conclusion of ILS, teaching teams are invited to the Student Learning Center for a briefing on how to interpret the portfolio contents and for a discussion on the potential impact of ILS Portfolio contents on teaching, learning, and advising. Participants also discuss how the students’ learning plans can be used as a catalyst for learner development.
For more information on the ILS student portfolio or to schedule a student portfolio orientation workshop, contact the SLC.