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LinguaFolio® is a portfolio assessment instrument designed to support individuals in setting and achieving their goals for learning languages.

It includes these three components:

  • Biography, where information about a studentís language background, intercultural activities, and the self-assessment checklists are documented,
  • Dossier, where samples of a studentís work document progress over time, and
  • Passport, where formal qualifications, certificates or diplomas, and achievements are recorded, along with a summary of self-assessments that describe competency with different languages.

This three-fold approach, based on the European Language Portfolio, enables language learners of all ages and levels to document their language learning as they move along the continuum towards greater proficiency.

LinguaFolio® is not limited to documenting progress in learning "foreign" languages. Native speakers of languages other than English can use LinguaFolio® to document both their progress in learning English as an additional language and their proficiency in their home language or languages. Native speakers of English learning other world languages can use LinguaFolio® in a similar manner, documenting their progress in the additional language or languages they are learning, as well as documenting their level of proficiency in English.

Given this flexibility of purpose and design, LinguaFolio® can be utilized to support language learning and articulation between levels in any setting: immersion programs, dual language programs, FLES programs, courses for adults, content-based language programs, or in traditional middle, high school and post-secondary language sequences. A LinguaFolio® Junior version is being developed for elementary language learners and will be available soon.

The vision of LinguaFolio® is to allow seamless progress in language learning as individuals move from one level to another, from one program to another, and even as they cease to participate in formal language instruction, but continue active language learning independently. The goal is to empower each individual learner to take responsibility for his or her language learning and be able to continue to develop proficiency independently and autonomously once the formal sequence of language instruction has ended.

When teachers and learners work together to document language learning in this manner, language learners, as well as teachers and professors working at various levels, have common terminology to describe what learners are able to do. Teacher and professors are able to articulate the level of proficiency that is needed in order to attempt a course. Once this common vocabulary is established and utilized, meaningful articulation of language learning from pre-Kindergarten to post graduate and beyond can and should result, thereby efficiently moving many more students to higher levels of proficiency and wisely using limited resources.

Click here to register to build your own electronic or paper version of LinguaFolio®.

Please note: The third party product "iCAN", which is published and owned by Avant Assessment, is not affiliated with, endorsed by, or sponsored by NCSSFL. Any use made by Avant Assessment of NCSSFL's LinguaFolio® "Can-Do" statements or substantially similar versions thereof in any publication or software is done so without license or written permission from NCSSFL.