Written by Julia Michel and Idris Riahi Commented by Sascha Griffiths and Malgorzata Mas

How to write a portfolio – a practical guide
1) General remarks on the construction of your portfolio
a) Motivation The purpose of the portfolio is to provide you with a systematic overview of the course, to help the tutors see where you need help, and to contribute to a set of questions which will be relevant for the final test. It is a good revision, a highly successful practice and a great asset to you and your tutors. b) Formatting of the portfolio The portfolio must be professionally formatted using OpenOffice or Word styles (“Formatvorlagen”). The tutors will provide information on how to do this, if necessary. Professional formatting will allow you, for example, to create a table of contents automatically for the entire portfolio, with just a couple of mouse clicks. Due to the fact that the portfolio has to be checked on a regular basis it has to be an online portfolio. For that matter we ask you to learn how to make a blog or a website. Don’t panic, you will of course be given an introduction to the software you need to know to create online texts. Could you ever think that a linguistic class would introduce you to professional editing and web designing? In today’s world, not only in academic life, it is a must to be professional in these skills. c) Notice Make sure you keep writing on your portfolios after each single lesson. It will help you to follow the lectures, as well as the tutorials, and it will help us to prepare for the tutorial and the examinations. The portfolio will contribute to your final grade to a great extent, for it is proof of your active participation in class. The class, the tutorial and the portfolio go hand in hand. That means that the topic of each session makes up the topic of the tutorial and the entry in the learner’s diary (see the structure of it below).

2) Your portfolio will consist of the following parts:
1. Table of Contents 2. Introduction State what you expect of the class. How do you think does it fit into your course of studies? Give a brief overview of the structure of your portfolio. 3. Learner’s Diary Keep it short and simple. That means an entry for each session should not be longer than one page (exercises EXCLUDED!). Proceed as follows: 1. State the topic of the session (do not forget the date)

so that tutors can prepare to answer them. As they are valid for the examinations. Mark the terms you include in your glossary (hyperlinks!). 4. the date of its publishing.e. That means that you should mention the topic and the date the term was introduced in class. On the left you list the technical term in alphabetical order. In the middle you give the definition of the term (look it up in the recommended literature or the internet). Unnecessarily exhaustive elaborations may be too confusing and too difficult to memorize.e. List the technical terms that you come across in class. 6. the author of the book (or the website). to claim somebody else’s ideas as yours. There is no restriction to length. of course . make sure you understand them. Add your questions with regard to the material. i. what would you have kept? > For the latter the tutors. 4. References In this part list all the books and websites used while working on your portfolio. is forbidden at the university. Include the exercises that you are given (as homework or in the session): The exercises will be part of the learner’s diary. This will help the tutors to focus on these aspects in tutorials. You can either write a whole text or sum up the results by making use of dashes. put yourself in the position of the lecturer and state how you would have done instead. Evaluate the class. because they will be part of the final exam. and the publishing house! The right-hand column is meant to be the link with the learner’s diary and the glossary. Remember that plagiarism. Glossary The glossary will be created according to the dictionary making principles that you will learn in class.-) 6.Written by Julia Michel and Idris Riahi Commented by Sascha Griffiths and Malgorzata Mas 2. . i. 5. It helps you to contextualize the terms later on. 5. The glossary will consist of three columns. Evaluate the class: Construct a link to the overall topic. Present the results of each session. Be creative: What would you have changed when you were the lecturer. They will be integrated into this part of your portfolio. Include references. Whenever you regard something as being less important. Give and initial statement 3. the title of the book (or the website). Evaluation In this part of your portfolio give an overview of the topics dealt with in class. Indicate the issues from the lecture that you found difficult to follow. the place of its publishing. Remember to keep the definitions exact and possibly short.

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