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H.Q. Mitchell

Contents

Traveller

What is the language portfolio? .................................................................................................................... 3


My language passport
Summary of language learning and intercultural experiences ................................................................ 4

Certificates and diplomas ........................................................................................................................... 4

My language biography
What I have done ......................................................................................................................................... 5
How I learn .................................................................................................................................................. 7
What I can do in English ............................................................................................................................ 9

My dossier
What you can include ............................................................................................................................... 13
What my dossier includes ......................................................................................................................... 14
Module 1 .................................................................................................................................................... 15
Module 2 .................................................................................................................................................... 16
Module 3 .................................................................................................................................................... 17
Module 4 .................................................................................................................................................... 18
Module 5 .................................................................................................................................................... 19
Module 6 .................................................................................................................................................... 20
Module 7 .................................................................................................................................................... 21
Module 8 .................................................................................................................................................... 22

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Name

Age

My photo

First language
School
Class

Traveller

What is the language


portfolio?
My dossier

Dear Student,
This language portfolio is designed to help you understand more about how you learn English.
The portfolio can help you show what you already know and what you can do in English. With the portfolio, youll have
the chance to see where your strengths and weaknesses lie and keep track of your progress. Itll also help you keep a record
of the work youve done in school and the ways you come into contact with the English-speaking world.
You can show the portfolio to your new teachers when you change class or school.

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The portfolio has three parts:


1. My language passport
This part will give others a general picture of your knowledge of English. Youll be asked to think about how many
years youve been learning English, whether at school or elsewhere, and in which situations you use it. You can also
keep a record of language certificates and diplomas here.
2. My language biography
In this part you can record your English learning. It will help you realise what you already know and what youve
already learnt. It will also help you set goals for the future and discover the ways in which you can learn best.
3. My dossier
This is the part where you can put some examples of work youve done in English. These could be pictures, written
work, projects, audio or video recordings, homework. Youll also find some ideas that can be used in this section.

My language passport

Traveller

Summary of language learning and intercultural experiences


Read and answer.
How long have you been learning English?
Ive been learning English for

Read and tick ().


Where have you been learning English?

Where do you use English?

at school

at home

at a language school

at school

at home

at work

at work

with my friends

in an English-speaking country

with my family

Tick () the statements which are true for you.


I often meet people who speak English.
I watch TV programmes or films in English.
I read magazines or books in English.
I have a penfriend or e-pal from an English-speaking country.
I use English to chat with people online.
I have visited an English-speaking country.
I have lived in an English-speaking country.

Certicates and diplomas


Here you can record any certificates or diplomas youve acquired in English. These could include progress report cards, an
attestation of participation in an exchange programme or of a language-learning stay in an English-speaking country, for
instance.

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Title

Level

Awarded by

Date

My language biography

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What I have done

The schools/colleges/universities Ive graduated from and the one I now attend.

School/College/
University name

When?

City

Country

City

Country

The English courses I have attended and the courses I now attend.

Institution

When?

English-speaking countries where I have lived or which Ive visited.

When?

For how long?

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Country

My language biography

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What I have done


Contacts Ive had with speakers of English.

When? Where? With whom?

Comments

Ways I come into contact with English-language media.

often
Comics
Songs
Films
TV programmes

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Internet
Magazines
Computer games
Books
...
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sometimes

never

My language biography

Traveller
How I learn

Try to think of the ways in which you learn English. What helps you? This part of the portfolio can help you realise how
you learn best and give you some ideas which you might want to try in the future. Tick () what is true for you and
complete with your ideas.

How I improve my ...

I already do this
Yes

No

I could try this


Yes

No

I listen to English texts and repeat.

speaking abilities

I record myself speaking in English and compare with the CD.


I learn and recite English poems.
I sing songs in English.
I often listen to the radio or watch TV programmes
in English, and try to imitate voice and rhythm.
I make an effort to speak in English whenever
I have the opportunity.
I learn short texts by heart and try to repeat them without
hesitating.
...
I write down new words in a notebook with an example
next to them.

vocabulary

I look new words up in a dictionary.


I ask my teacher to explain new words.
I group together words which are related.
I regularly revise words Ive learnt.
I try to use words Ive recently learnt when I speak or write.

I ask myself whether I need to understand every single detail


of what Im listening to or if it is enough to get the general
idea.
I watch English-speaking programmes.
I listen to songs and try to understand the lyrics.
I listen for key words or phrases that will help me
understand a listening extract.

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listening abilities

I look for words that have similar meanings to words I


already know.
...

...
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How I learn

reading abilities

How I improve my ...

I already do this
Yes

No

I could try this


Yes

No

I ask myself whether I need to understand every single detail of


what Im reading or if it is enough to get the general idea.
I look important words up in a dictionary.
I write down words and expressions Id like to learn.
I read magazines and newspapers in English.
...
When I write, I try to think in English and avoid translating.

writing abilities

I make sure that I know the meaning and the spelling of all the
words Ive used.
I try to avoid repeating the same words and phrases when I write.
I make sure that there are paragraphs to facilitate the
reading of the text and that these are well connected.
After Ive written something, I read it once again to see if Ive
made any mistakes.
I ask myself whether someone reading my text will be able to
understand what I mean.
...

grammar

I learn or look for grammar rules and explanations.


I find my own examples to illustrate a rule.
I make a note of grammatical errors I often make.

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How I learn
I always participate in group or pair work activities in class.
I dont hesitate to answer my teachers questions in class.
Im not afraid to make mistakes when I speak or write; theyre part of
learning.

I already do this
Yes

No

I could try this


Yes

No

My language biography

Traveller
What I can do in English

Use this checklist to record what you can do (Column 1 = me). Ask someone else, for example your teacher, to also assess
what they think you can do (Column 2 = my teacher). Use column 3 to mark those things which you cannot yet do but
which you feel are important (Column 3 = goals).
Add to the list perhaps with the help of your teacher other things you can do, or that are important for your English
learning at this stage.
Use the following symbols:
In columns 1 and 2
I can do this under normal circumstances
I can do this easily

In column 3
! This is one of my goals

Listening

me

my teacher
/ other

my goals

I can understand when someone speaks clearly to me on subjects Im familiar with.


I can understand clear short conversations about topics Im familiar with.
I can understand the essential information in short recorded passages dealing with
everyday matters which are spoken clearly.
I can understand short, simple stories when told clearly and slowly.
I can understand the main point in short, simple messages and announcements.
I can understand the main point and some details of a telephone conversation on a
topic Im familiar with.
I can understand when people are talking about the present, the past or the future.
I can understand short radio extracts which are spoken clearly.
I can understand short TV programmes with the help of images.
I can understand simple, concrete instructions about how to use materials and
equipment.

...
...
...
...

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I can also

My language biography

Traveller

What I can do in English


Reading

me

my teacher
/ other

my goals

me

my teacher
/ other

my goals

I can understand a simple personal letter in which the writer tells or asks me
about everyday life.
I can find the most important information in simple newspaper or magazine
articles with the help of names and pictures.
I can understand short narratives in simple language.
I can understand simple written messages from friends.
I can find the most important information in some magazine and newspaper
articles, leaflets, brochures and advertisements.
I can read and understand the key points in some websites.
I can understand basic types of standard letters (of invitation, asking for
information, etc.).
I can follow the plot of clearly structured stories and literary texts.
I can understand whether a text refers to the past, present or future.
I can also

...

Reading strategies
I can use the overall meaning of short texts to guess the meaning of unknown
words from the context.
I can also

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My language biography

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What I can do in English

Spoken production

me

my teacher
/ other

my goals

me

my teacher
/ other

my goals

I can describe myself, my family and other people.


I can describe my job, hobbies and interests.
I can talk about what I usually do every day and what Im doing right now.
I can give simple descriptions of things and places and make comparisons.
I can describe past activities and personal experiences (e.g. what I did last night, last
weekend).
I can talk about past habits.
I can present the advantages and disadvantages of something familiar.
I can also

Spoken interaction
I can ask and answer simple questions about familiar topics and past activities (e.g.
weather, food, sport, travelling).
I can discuss with other people what to do, where to go and make arrangements to
meet (e.g. to go to the cinema, to a football match, to a party).
I can agree and disagree.
I can say what I like and dislike giving reasons why.
I can ask for, give and refuse permission.
I can ask for and give advice on familiar topics.
I can express my opinion on a practical problem.
I can make requests and offer to help.
I can ask for and give information.

I can express wishes.


I can invite, accept and refuse an invitation.
I can also

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I can answer simple questions and respond to simple statements in an interview.

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My language biography
What I can do in English
Speaking strategies

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me

my teacher
/ other

my goals

I can ask for attention.


I can start, have and end simple conversations on familiar topics.
When I dont understand something, I can ask the person to repeat what they said.
I can ask how to say something in English or what a word means.
I can show that I am following what people say.
I can also ...
...

Writing
I can write a short text presenting myself (age, family, friends, interests, etc.).
I can write a description of a person.
I can write a story and describe the main characters feelings.
I can write a short letter or e-mail giving news.
I can write a description of a place.
I can write short, simple notes and messages.
I can write a paragraph on a familiar topic, discussing advantages and disadvantages
and giving my opinion.
I can write a letter to a friend asking for or giving advice.
I can describe an event using simple sentences and report what happened, when and
where.
I can use linking words to show the chronological order of events.
I can write a paragraph expressing preference.
I can write a simple film review.

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I can write my curriculum vitae (CV).

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I can write a letter or e-mail giving information.


I can write a recipe.
I can also

My dossier

Traveller
What you can include

In your dossier you can keep examples of your work, as well as certificates and diplomas. You choose what goes into your
dossier. Put in things which youd like to keep and show to others. You can put in written work, pictures, CDs, DVDs,
CD-ROMs, homework, or any other work you are proud of. Your dossier could be a folder or a box to fit everything in.
Add items to your dossier or change them when you like.

Certificates and diplomas

CDs / DVDs / CD-ROMs

Written work, report cards and tests

Pictures, posters and projects

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My dossier

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My dossier

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What my dossier includes


Use the list below to keep a record of all the items you include in the dossier.

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Piece of work

Date

This piece of work is


important for me
because

With regards to my progress in


English, this piece of work shows
that...

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My dossier

Module 1 Youth culture


MY ROLE MODEL S
Choose a few of your role models and do some research about them. Make
a poster giving information about the people and say why they are your role
models. Stick pictures for decoration.

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Jennifer Lopez was born in...


She is my role model
because...

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Module 2 What an experience!


H AV E YOU E V ER T HOUGHT OF E X PLORING T HE A NTA RC T IC?
Do research about the Antarctic and make a guide for someone who wants to travel there. Organise your
ideas under headings. Use ideas from p. 26 of the Students Book and draw or stick pictures for decoration.

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Whats it like there?


Weather
What to wear
etc.

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My dossier

Module 3 Going places


MY FAVOURIT E HOLIDAY DE S T IN AT IONS
Choose three or four of your favourite holiday destinations and make a poster. Say where they are, why
you like them, what you can do there, describe the facilities, etc. Add pictures and maps for decoration.

Santorini
Santorini is one of the most beautiful and most
popular Greek islands. Its...
There are lots of impressive beaches and...

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I love this island because...

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Module 4 Nowadays
CR A Z Y G A DGE TS
Make adverts for interesting gadgets. Do some research about real gadgets or make up your own. Write
a small description of the gadget, draw or stick pictures of it, and add any other important information,
e.g. price. Use ideas from p. 54 of the Students Book.

..

amazing.
e
h
HAIR WASHER
This is a machine which washes your hair.
You dont have to lift a finger!
It also...
In all good shops now, for only

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Module 5 Help
NE WSPA PER
FRONT PAGE

Yesterday
morning, John
Edderington
almost died in a
tragic accident...

Story continues on
page 4.

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Create a front page of a


newspaper that includes a
disaster story. Use ideas
from p. 68 of the Students
Book. Make up a headline
for the story and write an
introductory paragraph.
Add a note at the end of the
paragraph saying where the
story continues, so you dont
have to write the whole of
it. Draw or stick pictures for
decoration.

MAN JUMPS FROM BU


RNING PLANE
AND SURVIVES

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Traveller

Module 6 Time out


A N A DV ENT URE
HOLIDAY IT INER A RY

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Make an itinerary for an


adventure holiday. Use ideas
from p. 78 of the Students
Book. Decide where the
holiday will be, how many
days it will last and which
activities there will be. Write
a description for each day
and draw or stick pictures for
decoration.

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ADVENTURE HOLIDAY
Day 1: Mountain climbing
We will wake up early and
take a coach to....

Day 2: ...

Module 7 Good job


COMPA N Y PERK S
Make an advert for a
company that is looking
for new employees. Add
as many perks as you
can to try and attract
people to your company.
Use ideas from p. 92
of the Students Book.
Draw or add pictures for
decoration.

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InfTec

computers

Come and work for us!


We offer lots of perks...
People love working here because...
Our facilities include...

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Module 8 Way of life


DOS A ND DON TS FOR T R AV ELLER S
Make a Dos and Donts poster. Think of different gestures or customs that are or are not appropriate in
your country and write them under the correct heading. Use ideas from p. 106 of the Students Book.

DOS

DONTS

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When you greet someone, you can... Its rude to...

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