Student Portfolio Presentation

The essential language-learning tool for ESL students is their learning portfolios.

If you’ve decided to use this incredible resource in your class, you’ll find that it’s the best method for keeping track of self assessment exercises.

One way to instill pride in your students is to have them present their portfolios at the end of the course. On this day, students can share their own self-designed portfolios with the rest of their class. You can even have a signing ceremony, like people do with yearbooks!

Though the presenting student will self assessing their oral skills, their results should include a peer assessment of each student’s presentation skills.

Objective: Orally present an end-of-course self assessment based upon material collected in a portfolio.

Who it’s for: All proficiency levels that use a portfolio to record study progress.

What you need:

  • Student’s language study portfolios
  • Rubric for peer assessment

How to proceed:

Brainstorm a list of goals involved in an oral presentation with your students. These can be goals like: speaking clearly, having an organized outline, using note cards, demonstrating with examples from the portfolio and practicing before the presentation.

Once you’ve come up with a list of goals, create a rubric template that students will fill in as they listen to the presentations. While each student presents, listeners will use the rubric to grade their peers.

When everyone has finished presenting, collect the rubrics and share all the positive results with the class.

Then, have the class punch holes in their rubrics and add them to their portfolios. Once everyone has had a chance to present and receive their peer assessment rubrics, let your students walk around the class asking their peers to sign the “classmate page” in their portfolio.

 Self assessment gets ESL students to analyze how and why they’re studying English. It helps them identify what they need to do to improve, and also gives them important, personalized feedback about their progress.