News & Announcements
Virginia LinguaFolio® Online Pilot
Virginia public & private schools: Take advantage of free access to the Virginia LinguaFolio Online pilot system for the 2017-2018 school year. At the end of the pilot, free access for five years will be available for the most active teachers in the pilot. See Superintendents’ Memo 292-17 for more details on the pilot program.
The New NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements Are Here!
These statements include revisions of the previous Can-Do Statements and the addition of new Intercultural Statements, which provide a set of examples and scenarios that show how learners use the target language and knowledge of culture to demonstrate their Intercultural Communicative Competence (ICC). Download PDF versions at https://www.actfl.org/global_statements.
A paper-based version of LinguaFolio® as well as supporting resources are available at no cost from the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages (NCSSFL) Website.
LinguaFolio® is a proficiency-based, learner-centered, formative assessment tool that:
- empowers learners to manage their own language learning,
- provides a place for learners to collect evidence showing their growth, and
- facilitates language learning in and outside classroom.
LinguaFolio®, developed by members of the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages (NCSSFL), is based on the European Language Portfolio (ELP) and the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements. The Can-Do statements are organized according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) proficiency levels and sublevels. LinguaFolio® relates to proficiency scales from other organizations, such as the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) and the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
LinguaFolio® consists of three parts:
- Biography: A record of personal language-learning history that helps learners to set goals and reflect on their language learning and intercultural experiences. Included is a series of self-assessment or Can-Do statements applicable to different language learners in world language, heritage language, dual language/immersion and English-as-a-New language programs.
- Dossier: A collection of work samples chosen by the learner to document language learning progress with the skills in each mode of communication. It can be used to demonstrate the individual’s language abilities to others, including educators, parents, peers and potential employers. In the online version, files for the dossier can be uploaded next to the Can-Do statement(s) with which they are associated.
- Passport: A snapshot of experiences and competencies in different languages. It is updated frequently and records formal qualifications, diplomas, self-assessments and summative test scores
Virginia LinguaFolio® Online
Virginia LinguaFolio® Online crosswalks the Can-Do Performance Indicators with the Virginia Foreign Language Standards of Learning (SOL), and serves as a system for accurately gauging student progress on the continuum of performance measures, including the development of language proficiency in the interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive modes.
Virginia LinguaFolio® Online is open to all Virginia public and private schools. Homeschool teachers may also use this resource.
Getting your Join Code
- Every school will have a unique Join Code to use in creating teacher and student accounts. Before you sign up, you will need to request your Join Code.
- Join Codes have been distributed by email to headmasters and school division world language supervisors or contact person.
- You can also request your Join Code by emailing Avis.Scarborough@doe.virginia.gov or the LinguaFolio® tech team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Signing Up for Virginia LinguaFolio® Online
- Go to https://virginialfo.uoregon.edu/
- Click either “Sign Up” or “Get Growing.”
- Next, click “Instructor.”
- After clicking “Instructor,” you will be asked to choose your organization. Select the icon for the Virginia Department of Education.
- Next, you will be asked to enter basic information including your username and password. Make sure that your username and password are each at least six characters long. When you are finished, click “Next.”
- Then, you will be prompted to enter the Join Code for your school. When you are done entering in your Join Code, click “Sign Up.” You will automatically be added to your school section.
- After you click “Sign Up,” you will be redirected to the dashboard (home page). A class section titled “Class for <username>” will be automatically created for you upon finishing the sign up process.
Logging In to Virginia LinguaFolio® Online
- Go to https://virginialfo.uoregon.edu/ Click “Login” near the top right corner.
- You will be directed to enter your username and password. Then, click “Log In.”
- If you forget your password, you may reset it by clicking “Reset It.”
- If you need to reset your password, you will be prompted to enter either the username or email address associated with your account.
- Once you have entered the required information, click “Submit” and an email will be sent to your account so that you can reset the password.
- If you do not receive the email, please make sure that your email filters are not blocking emails from lfolio.uoregon.edu.
Research Support for LinguaFolio®
- Effect of LinguaFolio® on Student Achievement and Self-Regulation
- Moeller, Theiler and Wu (2012) conducted a five-year longitudinal study with 23 school districts and found a significant relationship between a student’s ability to set goals and language achievement in the language classroom. A growth relationship was also revealed, with growth in goal-setting ability significantly related to growth in language proficiency.
- LinguaFolio® as evidenced in this study, proved to an effective tool for promoting self-regulation in learners through structured goal setting.
- Effect of LinguaFolio® on Student Motivation, Increased Task-Value and Self Assessment
- An additional study with beginning language students at the university level (Ziegler & Moeller, 2012) revealed that LinguaFolio® use is linked to increased student intrinsic motivation, increased task-value, and more accurate self-assessment of learning.
- Effect of LinguaFolio® in Disciplines-This is a PDF document.
- Dema Clarke (2013) conducted an ex post facto examination of the relationship between goal setting and achievement to determine whether foreign language study that included LinguaFolio ® participation led to increased student capacity that resulted in a difference in student academic achievement in other disciplines beyond the language area. This quantitative study sought to identify whether students who experienced LinguaFolio® as an intervention in their second language classrooms had higher achievement and performed better in other subject content areas in comparison to students who were not exposed to LinguaFolio®.
- The results indicated that the overall effect of foreign language study that included LinguaFolio® participation improved performance as measured by ACT scores and graduating GPA. LinguaFolio ® students had significantly higher GPA and ACT scores in math, science, English, and reading and these scores increased with each additional year of participation in LinguaFolio®.
- In addition, these findings supported the conclusion that foreign language study that included LinguaFolio® goal setting intervention promoted the development of students’ self-regulation skills.
These studies support LinguaFolio® as an effective approach to increase self-regulated learning in students.
- The following training modules on how to implement the CASLS LinguaFolio® Online are available for free on the LinguaFolio® Online Network Website:
- Training on how to implement the basic LinguaFolio® portfolio system is available online at LEARN NC.
- Additional training modules will be posted on this Website as they become available.
For users who want to create a more traditional paper-based portfolio, the LinguaFolio® project includes word documents that may be customized to individual contexts. All LinguaFolio® documents are available to download for free.
The current LinguaFolio® original documents use the 2013 NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements. The documents are currently under revision to incorporate the 2017 revised Can-Do Statements. You can register on the NCSSFL LinguaFolio® Website to be notified when the revised documents are available.
- Biography Overview-This is a PDF document.
- How Do I Learn-This is a Word document.
- Language Activities-This is a Word document.
- Learning Inventory-This is a Word document.
- Intercultural Encounters Reflection-This is a Word document.
- Intercultural Experiences Overview-This is a Word document.
- Progress Report-This is a Word document.
LinguaFolio® is a registered trademark and may not be used in any for-profit products. The documents are licensed under a Creative Common License for use by individual learners and in educational settings.
The Virginia LinguaFolio® Online uses the most recent (2017) version of the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements. The Can-Do Performance Indicators are cross-walked to the Virginia Foreign Language Standards of Learning on the teacher interface.
LinguaFolio® Junior is an adaptation of the three LinguaFolio® components for younger learners.
NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements
The 2017 NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements represent the culmination of a collaborative effort between NCSSFL and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), to connect NCSSFL’s LinguaFolio® with ACTFL’s Proficiency Guidelines 2012 and the ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Language Learners. The combining of these three documents into a single, cohesive set of statements helps clarify how a language learner’s performance points toward a specific proficiency level.
The Can-Do Statements serve as a learner self-assessment tool and as a resource for identifying what is needed to function at a specific level of proficiency. The statements also help educators plan curriculum, units of instruction, and daily lessons to help learners improve their performance and grow toward the next level of proficiency. Through multiple opportunities to show what they “can do” in classroom formative and summative assessment, unit by unit, learners collect the evidence that points toward a specific proficiency level.
The proof that a learner has reached a proficiency level can only occur through an independent assessment of proficiency, but the 2017 NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements are a tool for learners and educators to organize and support learning when they are used as part of LinguaFolio® to chart progress and collect evidence for a targeted proficiency level.