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What Is the GLP?

The Global Language Portfolio (GLP) is an electronic document in three parts. Its language passport allows language learners to summarize their language learning experiences and to describe them in a meaningful way using the terminology of either American rating scales or European rating scales. The language biography focuses on the five C’s of language learning. It provides learners with an opportunity to assess for themselves their language learning progress with communication in five skill areas. It also encourages them to set personal goals in language learning and cultural competence. It also encourages them to plan strategies to meet their individual goals. The dossier both stores samples of a learner’s speaking and writing, and documents results of the learner’s language tests and other professional certifications.

American national standards. The rings of the Five C’s of Language Learning constitute the logo of the National Standards Collaborative whose members developed America’s national standards for foreign language learning. The standards were developed for all languages with specific illustrations in individual languages according to the age group of learners. Language-specific organizations and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) make up the National Standards Collaborative, and all have equal standing. Language-specific associations include:

The national standards reference ACTFL’s proficiency guidelines and rating scale (Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Superior) in defining performance guidelines by age level for each language. They emphasize what learners “can do” in language-specific performance guidelines. Going beyond the ACTFL guidelines’ four skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening), performance guidelines subdivide the speaking skill into a presentational mode and an interpersonal mode. Organizing principles of the national standards include the Five C’s of Language Learning, the “weave” of curricular elements, and a framework with three communicative modes.

American ratings are summarized in a chart in the end of the GLP language passport. Ratings of Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced, subdivide into “Low”, “Mid”, and “High”, while Superior, and Distinguished stand alone. That chart was reproduced with permission of the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages (NCSSFL).

European standards: The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) represents the collaborative work of European scholars over three decades, and it forms the basis for the European Language Portfolio (ELP) upon which the GLP for universities and adults, like its K-16 LinguaFolio predecessor, was modeled. The characteristic language passport, language biography, and dossier were inspired by the ELP, as were the “can do” self-assessment checklists for each of five skills in the language biography. The CEFR’s European scale has levels of A1, A2, B1,B2, C1,C2. These levels are equivalent to all of the previously used national rating scale levels within Europe, and the international tests of the Alliance Française, the Goethe Institute, and the Cervantes Institute, to name but a few, are now all tied to their appropriate CEFR level. The European chart is reproduced as allowed by the developers of the Europass web site.

Learning, teaching, and assessment. This web site is designed to help university-level learners and adult learners create language portfolios for purposes of learning, teaching, and assessment. The site was first developed by the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) Commission on Colleges and Universities after having been piloted at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU); earlier versions were piloted as part of LinguaFolio Virginia and the Five-State LinguaFolio projects from 2004-07. GLP is now hosted by AATF, and it encourages participation by all members of the National Standards Collaborative.

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