PORTFOLIO ASSESSMENT THROUGH THE 5 C’S for the NOVICE LEVEL WORLD LANGUAGE LEARNER
Proficiency Press has seen the need to provide an assessment tool for the novice level of language instruction, for ESL and World Language Learners, due to the demand for proficiency and communicative competence in our global society coupled with the World-Readiness for Learning Languages. Evaluation is no longer conducted though the multiple-choice style of testing. Teachers need to assess the students' abilities in a more natural setting. Portfolio Assessment Through the 5 Cs for the Novice Level World Language Student addresses this need especially when accompanied by the Teacher's Handbook. Teachers have been given a choice of many different authentic performance based assessment tasks for each topic. A situation has been created which allows the student to react and answer, as if he/she were in the real world, to tasks based on the 5 Cs, which evaluate the students' progress. The teachers are provided with various possibilities for items to be inserted into a portfolio being developed for the individual student.
Dr. Patricia Lennon has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Molloy College and a master’s degree in Spanish from St. John's University; She holds a professional diploma in Educational Leadership from C.W. Post and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from St. John’s University. She is retired as Coordinator of World Languages from the Sewanhaka CHSD after thirty years of teaching. Presently, she is an adjunct professor at Queens College, supervising student teaching. She co-authored Sewanhaka Central High School District's Curriculum Guides for Spanish and co-authored Proficiency Press publications: The Teacher's Handbook in Spanish, Te Toca A Ti, Portfolio Assessment for the Beginning Level, Sígueme, Authentic Assessment for the Intermediate Level, It's Your Turn to Speak English, Performance Assessment in Spanish and E-Chapters in Spanish and Read to Write for the Novice Level of Spanish. Dr. Lennon is a presenter of workshops on language proficiency, methodology and authentic assessment. She is the Past President and current Secretary of AATSP NY-Long Island Chapter. She is the Poster Contest Chairperson for LILT and is a member of NYSAFLT. Mr. Douglas Moore has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a master’s degree in Teaching of English as a Second Language from Queens College, and has studied at the University of Valencia, Spain. He has his professional diploma in Educational Leadership. As an educator, he has co-authored Curriculum Guides for the Sewanhaka District and piloted The Exploratory Language Program in Spanish and French for Jericho Public Schools. For Proficiency Press, he has co-authored the Teacher's Handbook in Spanish, Portfolio Assessment, Te Toca a Ti, Sígueme, Dos Pasos Adelante, Authentic Assessment for the Intermediate Level, It's Your Turn to Speak English, Internet Tasks for Second Language Students, E-chapters in Spanish, Read to Write in Spanish for the Novice Level and Performance Assessment in Spanish. In addition, he has presented numerous workshops on communicative techniques and on the Internet. Mr. Moore currently teaches junior and senior high school Spanish in the Great Neck South School District. He also has taught Spanish at Suffolk Community College and ESL at BOCES in Nassau. He is a member of NYSAFLT, AATSP and LILT.