The “Follow the FLES Child” linguafolio was created in 2007. This project was supported by the Northeast Conference for Teachers of Foreign Languages through the Mead Fellows Award. The object of this document is three-fold. One: It is a World Language progress document that is child friendly from pages 1-9. Two: It is designed to aid future teachers to understand the students’ history of World Language study. Three: It acts as a clear communication path from one teacher to the next upon completion of elementary school and stepping into middle school.
This document is not copyrighted. Any teacher or district using it may add and/or delete and adjust it so it best serves their school and /or district. This linguafolio can also be administered electronically with only a few adjustments.
This document is now in place in SAU 50 (2 of 5 schools) and will be available for download on the NHAWLT website (www.nhawlt.org) The NH Dept of Education is reviewing the document for download availability as well.
My personal experience with the document has been very successful. Students participate in filling it out twice a year, January and May OR only in May. It appears best suited to start the linguafolio with third graders. K,1,2 is more time consuming and the student piece is a bit more difficult. Students in grades 3-6 look forward to filling it in and set personal goals for the next time it is worked on.
When a class graduates, one fills out the teacher competency pages. Once the middle school language teacher has familiarized herself with the document, she may detach pages 10-14.
The student pages (1-9) may be handed back to the student as a personal record of their language skills and accomplishments in elementary school. If administering this electronically, students may add this linguafolio to their regular portfolio or have it as a personal document emailed to them and their parent or guardian.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or comments on this document.
It is a young document and revisions are always welcomed.
Cheryl P Berman
NH certified French/Spanish EdID# 69675
Private Hebrew and Greek tutor