Portfolio Guidelines

The purpose of the ESOL portfolio is as a summative assessment, requiring you to demonstrate what you have learned throughout the other ESOL coursework and encouraging reflective practice. The portfolio is split into five sections.

During the internship term, you will submit portfolio assignments on the ED 410/510 ESOL Internship’s Canvas site to receive instructor feedback. At the end of the term, all five parts will be evaluated on Taskstream by both your ESOL Internship instructor and a second faculty member who is affiliated with the ESOL Endorsement Program.

Portfolio, Part A: Context

The first part of this portfolio is about getting to know your school and students. You will select three focal students for the internship. You will also process what it means to practice culturally and linguistically sustaining pedagogy, given your specific class context.

Evidence: written explanations

A-1     Describe the school context and class profile.

A-2     Describe the educational background and characteristics of three focal students.

A-3     Explain the instructional implications of this contextual information. 

Portfolio, Part B: Instruction

The second part of your portfolio is perhaps the most important. It is based on two formal observations by your university field supervisor. You will complete the process twice.

Evidence: written explanations and two lesson plans

B-1     Write thorough lesson plans.

B-2     Differentiate instruction for students’ English language proficiency levels.

B-3     Justify your instructional decisions based on ESOL theory.

B-4     Explain how you will adjust your instruction based on student performance and post-observation dialogue.

Portfolio, Part C: Assessment

The third part of your portfolio is about demonstrating how you assess English learners and use the data to inform instruction.

Evidence: written explanations and focal students’ assessments

C-1     Use a variety of assessments that are appropriate for English learners.

C-2     Analyze assessments for your focal students.

C-3     Explain how you use assessment data to inform future instruction.

Portfolio, Part D: Professionalism

The fourth part of your portfolio is focused on demonstrating professionalism primarily through collaboration and family engagement.

Evidence: written explanations 

D-1     Describe collaboration and family engagement observed/completed during the internship.

D-2     Describe additional ideas, opportunities, and goals related to professionalism.

Portfolio, Part E: Reflection

The final part of your portfolio is reflecting on the internship as a whole.

Evidence: written explanations

E-1     Reflect on what you learned from the internship experience.

E-2     Explain your ESOL-related goals beyond the internship.


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