'Portfolios as an assessment activity'
An IATEFL webinar presented by Khanh-Duc Kuttig
When we talk about assessing language, or assessment of learning, we immediately think of tests and exams. But are tests and exams the only way to assess learning? In this webinar, we will explore portfolios as an alternative form of assessment. Portfolios, which represent students’ learning experiences, are a type of assessment activity, rather than assessment in the traditional sense of the word. Portfolios are an activity because students are actively involved in getting their best work together - not unlike a graphic designer who puts his work in a folder to present to potential client. This webinar is divided into three parts. In the first part, we’ll look at the planning process; what do we have to bear in mind in setting up portfolios as an activity to assess learning or progress? What do we do with the information in the portfolio? Which portfolio type do we want to use? This last question brings us to the second part of the webinar where we look at three common types of portfolios in more detail. To finish, we look at how we could provide feedback and score our students’ portfolios, thus making it a valuable assessment activity.
Khanh-Duc has an MA in TESOL from Canterbury Christ Church University and has been teaching English since 1995. Currently in the Department of English at the University of Siegen in Germany, she teaches a range of language courses which she assesses creatively, often encouraging more learner autonomy at the same time. She is Events Coordinator for her local teaching association as well as being joint Events Coordinator for IATEFL TTEdSIG and is TESOL/NGL2021 Teacher of the Year.