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Para Profesores

Using Portfolios

A portfolio is any collection of student work. Most often, it is a folder containing some of the better work a student has produced. Instructionally, a portfolio allows students to examine the work they have produced, to select special pieces of work, and to reflect on what they have learned and how they learned it. In other words, a portfolio is a collection of work that exhibits a student's efforts and progress.

The purpose of a portfolio is to record student growth over time, allowing students to think about what they have learned and how they have learned it. Throughout the process, students gain a sense of pride and confidence in their abilities. The portfolio also provides a record of student achievement for teachers, parents, and other audiences. In this way, the portfolio becomes a window through which student learning and performance can be viewed.

The contents of a portfolio can be as varied as your and your students' imaginations. In addition to samples of writing work, individual students might prepare an audiocassette with a first-person monologue or a third-person narrative. To showcase both listening and speaking skills, pairs or small groups could videotape a role-play, an interview, or a mock talk show. Projects can be placed in a portfolio, as well as journal entries, print outs of Internet activities and the results of students' experiences with Spanish beyond the classroom. Some teachers also encourage students to include written quizzes, tests, or exams on which they experienced particular success or progress.

The portfolio assessment piece found at the beginning of the ¡Ya verás! Gold Testing Programs describes the role portfolios play in language learning and the portfolio process. It also provides student Activity Rating and Reflection Sheets, as well as teaching instructions and suggestions for each unit. The oral activities in the ¡Adelante! and Conversemos un rato sections of the student texts can serve as the basis of oral pieces to include in students' portfolios. Good sources of writing pieces are the ¡Adelante! writing activities, the Taller de escritores process-writing sections, and the activities in the workbooks preceded by the Atajo icon. The ¡Ahora te toca a ti! activities of the En la comunidad sections and the Internet activities on the ¡Ya verás! Web site can be used for both oral and written samples of students' experiences and contacts with Spanish outside of the classroom.