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English Online Teacher Newsletter
February 2013

Dear EAL Professionals,


ALT Branch conference was a success thanks to  organizers and participants of this meaningful event. We all had numerous opportunities to network with our colleagues and peers, share and learn from each other.  
In January, English Online facilitated another great webinar. We would like to thank our wonderful presenters - Kaleigh Quinn (UW) and Rita
network_lateral Zuba-Prokopetz (RRC)- and the incredible audience (we had 21 participants!). If you have missed the webinar, click the link below to watch the recording. For handouts from the webinar, please visit Manitoba EAL Group on Tutela.ca 



Upcoming Events
  • EO Webinar: Portfolio Assessment in an ESL Classroom, February  23, 2013, 10:00 am-12:00 pm CST. In this webinar, our presenters will provide an overview of Portfolio Based Language Assessment (PBLA) and explore the eCLPA - an online tool learners and instructors can use to assess language learning. 
    Click here to learn more.
  • Tutela Webinar: Revised CLB- Part 2: Using the CLB for Planning and Assessment, February 28, 2:30 pm -3:30 pm CSTThis 45-minute webinar discusses effective lesson planning (including task-based language instruction) and assessment practices using the revised CLB. Click here to learn more.

Great Resources on Portfolio Assessment


Portfolios provide evidence of scope and depth of learner's knowledge and competences, as well as showcase learner's progress and provide opportunities for learner's self-reflection and self-evaluation. Join our webinar and explore the following resources to learn more about planning and integrating portfolio assessment into your ESL classroom.


Collaborative Language Portfolio Assessment Manitoba Best Practices Guide  This guide contains practical suggestions for planning and incorporating portfolio assessment into the EAL classroom.


Portfolios: More Than Just a File Folder,

produced by Saskatchewan Professional Development Unit. This document presents literature based information on portfolio assessment and provides a framework for implementation with practical examples.

Learning for LIFE: An ESL Literacy Curriculum Framework (Alberta) STAGE 4: Integrate Assessment

This guide walks you through 5 stages of curriculum development. Stage 4 is devoted to Assessment Integration and Management. You can read about different portfolio types and special considerations of using them in the ESL Literacy Classroom.


Portfolio Assessment in the Foreign Language Classroom (from The National Capital Language Resources Centre (NCLRC). Great online manual which describes portfolio assessment model and provides comprehensive instructions on portfolio assessment planning and implementation  


Practical Ideas on Alternative Assessment for ESL Students by Jo-Ellen Tannenbaum. In this article, the author talks about alternative assessment techniques that can be used in the ESL classroom.


by Emily Lynch Gómez.This document tries to "answer frequently asked questions about assessment portfolios for English language learners and describes the lessons that portfolio users have learned."


"This handbook looks at assessment methods for independent language learning, particularly the use of the independent language learning portfolio."


The Implementation of Portfolio Assessment in an ESL/EFL Classroom

In her article, Sok-Han (Monica) Lau discusses strengths and weaknesses of portfolio assessment.

ePortfolios for adult ESL learners in AMES: eLearning Innovation Project 2010 (Australian Flexible Learning Framework)

This project started in 2010 to pilot the use of e-Portfolios by adult culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) learners delivered in face-to-face and distance learning settings.


ePorfolio Concept for Learners 

This guide introduces learners to ePortfolios, their benefits, and issues to consider when developing one's personal ePortfolio.




Best Wishes!


English Online


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Further Reading


Purposes of Portfolio Assessment 

A blog post by Sarahlynne Davis, eHow Contributor and a professional educator discusses significance, functions , features and benefits of portfolio assessment.



The Education Alliance: Teaching Diverse Learners -- Ongoing Assessment of Language, Literacy, and Content Learning. 

This article answers 6 common questions related to ongoing assessments in the classroom.



Portfolio Assessment and English Language Learners: An Annotated Bibliography by Emily Lynch Gómez

"The purpose of this bibliography is to provide a representative sampling of resources on using portfolio assessment with English language learners".



Like us on Facebook Portfolio Based Language Assessment (PBLA) on Facebook   

PBLA Facebook page created and maintained by Joanne Pettis.




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