Joanie Arnold's portfolio

Introduction

When I started the Evaluation in ESL course, I didn't have a lot of expectations. All I wanted was to succeed because I have already followed an evaluation course during my first Bachelor of Education and I was very disappointed about this course.

So, this was a little bit of my experience with evaluation. I have been using LES' over and over and they have become my favourite teaching tools in different subjects. I liked to use the grids that are often provided with the LES and I liked to observe the students but I didn't have a systematic way to do it.  I knew the importance of formative evaluation and self-evaluation as tools to help the students to progress but I didn't always find the time to do it. I wish I had more time to give feedback on students work. Maybe when I don't have new subjects to teach every year it will be easier as I will be fully familiar with the program.

However, since my only experience about teaching a second language was during 3 months of the last year and it was more about bringing the students where I can and surviving, I wasn't really self-confident about evaluating English as a second language efficiently.  After doing the Opinions on Evaluations Form, I realize that I couldn't well define and understand the concept of "general linguistic proficiency" so I didn't really know how to evaluate it.  Also, I understood that percentages are not the best way to represent students' knowledge but since we have to end with this kind of result while evaluating competencies, I was a little bit confused.

On this page, you will find different practical assignments and reflection forms that are parts of my evaluation ability's progress.

Opinions on Evaluations Form

Opinions on Evaluations Form

Evalen_opinions.doc

This is the Opinions on Evaluations form that have been complete at the beginning of the semester.

Opinions on Evaluations Form_end of the course

Evalen_opinions_2.doc

This is the Opinions on Evaluations form that have been complete at the end of the semester