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Language Passport - How to


When to complete a Language Passport – how often and how many?

When do I complete the Language Passport?

This form should be completed either after learners have already completed one or more of the Language Biography checklists, or after they have results of standardized or other official language testing to report. Such results appear here and in the Language Dossier.

How often do I create Language Passport forms and how many should there be?

Use outside of a portfolio. If the Language Passport is completed in order to be sent by itself, without a portfolio, in order to provide an employer, a new university, or a study abroad program, then a single Language Passport completed close to the time of the learner’s application for employment or advanced study.

Use within portfolios. In the case of portfolios, the answer to this question of how often and how many Language Passports depends on the kind of portfolio. There are four types of portfolios:

Course portfolio. The Language Passport folder for a Global Language Portfolio developed specifically for one course usually has only one Language Passport, although instructors may request one at the beginning of the course and another at the end.

Program portfolio for one language (work done over several terms). In the case of a Global Language Portfolio used over several semesters or quarters in order to track progress in one language, by the final term there commonly will be several Language Passport forms, which help to measure a learner’s term by term progress. The fact that each Language Passport form has a date makes it easier to track progress in acquiring language skills and adding cultural experiences. It is possible to mention information concerning other languages in such a program portfolio, but normally learners will not be required to provide detailed information on term to term progress in other languages.

Portfolio covering more than one language. Someone who has studied more than one language, either in school or out of school, may use a single Global Language Portfolio to track progress in all languages in order to present information to an employer, a joint degree program’s administrators located outside the home institution, a study abroad program administrator, a graduate school admissions office, an internship or service learning coordinator, or an individual in charge of institutional or program assessment. Depending on the requirements of the institution, agency, or company requesting information from the learner, there may be one or more Language Passport forms forwarded. In most cases, however, there will be a single multilanguage Language Passport dated close to the time when the Language Passport is to be forwarded. In some cases, the institution, agency, or company will prefer only the Language Passport rather than an entire portfolio, as indicated above.

Portfolios used for joint degree programs and for assessment of the major, minor, or general education.

(1) Joint degrees and the transfer of credits from one institution to another where a different language is spoken will require documentation like that of the Language Passport before allowing a learner to take courses in a new institution abroad. A Europass Language Passport is commonly required to document language skills for the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) and various joint degree programs and other university-level and adult educational funded by the European Union. As an American language model based on the Europass language passport, the Global Language Portfolio Language Passport will serve the same function for institutions in the United States, Europe, and any other part of the world where either the American or European rating scales are used. In these cases, a Language Passport that is dated close to the time when a learner will be going abroad makes the most sense.

(2) For assessment purposes, either the major program, minor program, or general education language sequence will best be evaluated in separate Language Passports in order for the institution to evaluate the value added by the language instruction in the specific program that is being assessed.


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