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ERIC Number: ED411677
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Using Portfolios as a Capstone Assessment in TESL Programs.
MacDonald, Marguerite G.
Use of portfolios for student evaluation has expanded in recent years to assessment of student progress in training to teach English as a Second Language (TESL). At Wright State University (Ohio), portfolio assessment is part of both undergraduate and graduate level ESL teaching programs. As at other institutions, portfolio development is being used as capstone project, but is also designed as a uniform summative assessment measure for all ESL programs (state teaching credential, institutional certificate at undergraduate and graduate levels, undergraduate concentration within the English major, and master of arts degree in ESL instruction) while meeting the specific assessment needs of each. The portfolio consists of: a statement of the candidate's philosophy of teaching (1 page); an introductory essay (3-4 pages) containing a self-analysis of development through the program and a description of the practicum; the practicum evaluation(s); a videotape from the practicum or other approved teaching experience, with a critique (2-3 pages); a project from one of a number of approved methods and materials courses; a teaching question response (5-6 pages); and the candidate's curriculum vitae (optional). Additional materials are program-specific. The portfolio is evaluated by a committee of major-area faculty and faculty from the two English majors. Contains 8 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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