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Student Professional Portfolio
The Via Lingua Framework for Personal
and Professional Standards (FPPS)
Prior to Attendance on the Course
1) Personal Profile
This section should contain basic personal information, (name, nationality, age, gender, contact numbers) and a hard copy of
the current curriculum vitae (CV).
2) Career and Study Profile to Date
This section should contain a chronological list of employment placements, showing main areas of responsibility and the key
skills acquired in the post. This record is not a simply a record of employment to date, but should focus on the professional and
personal developments made as a result of undertaking each role. In addition, this section should contain a chronological list of
study programmes which have been undertaken, again focusing on the developments made as a result.
Ongoing Throughout the Course
3) Personal Learning Objectives in Relation to the Via Lingua Course
This section should be completed by the student at the start of the course, in consultation with the mentor, and updated
throughout the course on an on-going basis.
4) Achievements in Relation to the Framework for Personal and Professional Standards (FPPS)
The five areas of study – Pedagogy Theory, Language Awareness, Teaching Skills, Cultural Awareness and Life Skills – are
the areas within which students are required to demonstrate their competence and growth (achieved either prior to the course or
during the course). They represent the criteria against which to evaluate the breadth of personal and professional development.
It is essential that trainees, when providing information for each area of study, are able to demonstrate not only the details, but
also the impact on their personal and professional growth. Time will be taken at the beginning of the course to discuss this in
more detail with a mentor. Having agreed upon individual learning objectives for the course in section 3 of the Personal and
Professional Portfolio, the student should continue to review and update this section on an on-going basis.
5) Main Discussion Points from Student / Mentor Meetings
This section should be completed by the student at the end of formal meetings and signed as accurate by the mentor.
At the End of the Course Prior to Submitting the Portfolio
6) Evaluation of Success; Intended Learning Objectives for the First Year upon Completion of the Via Lingua Course
This section should be completed by the student prior to submitting the portfolio at the end of the course.
1)
Personal Profile
Feel free to omit or provide additional information, as appropriate.
Name
Nationality
Date of Birth
(dd/mm/yyyy)
Age
Place of Birth
Permanent Address
Temporary Address
Telephone Number(s)
Cell Phone Number(s)
E-mail address
Native Language(s)
Foreign Language(s)
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2)
Career and Study Profile
Relevant Career Profile
Dates
Job Title
Organization
Areas of Responsibility
Key Skills Developed
Areas of Study
Key Skills Developed
Study Profile (after the age of 18)
Dates
Degree/Course
Title
University/Institute
*Include your CV with this section. When possible, attach copies of certificates and/or other testimonials as well.
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3)
Personal Learning Objectives in Relation to the Via Lingua Course
Areas of Study
Pedagogy Theory
Language
Awareness
Teaching Skills
Cultural
Awareness
Life Skills
Other
Personal Learning Objectives (a maximum of 3 per Strategies for Achieving these Objectives
section). Refer to the FPPS.
To find and develop effective teaching style
- Trying out different teaching techniques and finding
the most appropriate one
To be able to assess students needs correctly and to
- By observing students in class, testing their skills and
prepare lesson plans accordingly
defining their learning styles
To set up an appropriate learning environment
- By providing well-balanced activities, by creating
supportive and engaging learning atmosphere
To develop vocabulary
- Studying professional literature and authentic
To brush up grammar
materials, course books
To sound more like a native speaker
- To work on pronunciation, to improve intonation,
keep it clear
To improve intonation and body language
- To speak louder, to add stress, to use gestures and
facial expressions
To provide precise and clear instructions
- By making sure students are seeing me when getting
instructions, to use more samples, to use CCQ
To improve presence in class, add more energy and
- To move more, to change activities, to increase STT
dynamics
To learn more about the host country and prepare
- Interacting with school staff and other trainees, to
lessons in appropriate context
immerse into foreign environment
To share information with students about my native
- To tell stories, show pictures and videos, to boost
country in order to make them aware of existing
discussions on related topic
cultural differences
To improve students’ communication skills and foster
- By engaging students into pair work and group
team work
activities, to change pairs/groups frequently
To make students passionate about education process
- To consider needs of students, to provide interesting
and increase their self esteem
and challenging tasks, to make students aware of their
progress by providing clear feedback on their
performance in class
To gain first teaching experience
- To perform teaching practise, to get constructive
To feel confident while performing teaching activities
criticism on my performance throughout the course
and to improve my teaching style accordingly
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4) Activities, Impact and Evidence in Relation to the Five Areas of Study in the
Framework for Personal and Professional Standards
i. Pedagogy Theory (the first of the five areas of study)
A summary of statements and evidence demonstrating how I meet the competencies identified below:
 Describe a range of teaching methodologies, approaches and strategies.
 Describe the skills, knowledge and qualities which characterize an effective teacher
 Describe the factors which influence the establishment of an effective learning environment
 Describe a range of strategies for supporting, monitoring and assessing student progress
Date
I am able to:
03/08
Apply different teaching
methodologies,
approaches and
strategies
03/08
To motivate students by
providing challenging
tasks
-
To create engaging
learning atmosphere by
providing diverse
activities which meet
students needs and
expectations
-
To consider students
progress while preparing
next lesson plans
04/08
03/08
I have acquired / further developed these skills
by:
- Attending session on language teaching
methodologies
- Studying course book and extra materials
- Watching videos with samples of lessons
- Performing teaching practise
Evidence to demonstrate I have acquired /
further developed these skills:
I have performed an activity presenting Total
Physical Response method
During teaching practices I have mainly used
PPP method while preparing lessons
Attending session and studying additional
materials
Observing trainers and other trainees
I have prepared and performed a lesson with
usage of authentic material which level is
slightly about students current level
-
Performing needs analysis for individual
project
Attending session and studying additional
materials
Observing trainers and other trainees
I have conducted a thorough research of
individual student learning experience and
language skills which resulted in a detailed
analysis of student’s needs
Taking into consideration detected student’s
learning style, two individual lessons have been
prepared
-
Observing students performance in class
Conducting needs analysis
While performing teaching practise, I have
identified students’ weaknesses and strengths as
well as reasons for studying English. As a result,
I have put stress on speaking activities in order
-
-
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i. Pedagogy Theory cont. (the first of the five areas of study)
Date
I am able to:
05/0806/08
To support student
progress by accurate
assessment of success
and motivating student
for further studies
I have acquired / further developed these
skills by:
-
Tutoring student one-to-one
Evidence to demonstrate I have acquired /
further developed these skills:
to support students progress.
During the first individual lesson I have got a
better understanding of student’s language
awareness and for this reason I have chosen
grammar and listening as a language focus for
the second lesson. At the end of each lesson,
feedback on student performance has been
provided in order to motivate student and set up
further goals in language studying.
In the event that more copies of this page are necessary for the completion of this task, please see the course director.
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ii. Language Awareness (the second of the five areas of study)
A summary of statements and evidence demonstrating how I meet the competencies identified below:
 Describe the purposes and nature of communication
 Describe key features in relation to the structure of the English language
 Describe and explain the English tense system and other, commonly taught, grammatical features
 Describe how sounds are made and modified and use phonetic symbols to describe the sounds of English
Date
I am able to:
I have acquired / further developed these skills
by:
- Attending course sessions
- Studying course books and extra materials
- Reflecting on personal experience of
studying English and French as second
language
- Conducting needs analysis for individual
project
24/07
Prepare lesson plans
taking into account
specific reasons for
communication
24/0725/07
Teach words classes in
terms of meaning and
functions
-
Attending language awareness sessions
Self-studying of course books and extra
materials
02/08
Teach grammatical
features
-
Attending grammar sessions
Self-studying of course books and extra
materials
Evidence to demonstrate I have acquired /
further developed these skills:
While performing teaching practices, I have
realised that student’s motivation for learning
languages depends much on the purpose of
communication (daily routine, business, travel).
Therefore different approaches for teaching
strategy can be used and syllabus should be
prepared in accordance with the approach
chosen. Though, the best way could be to use a
combination of different approaches – as, for
example, a mix of task-based, skills-based and
topic-based approach have been used in the
individual project.
Within teaching practices, I have taught
constructions of past and present habits, in
particular how word class can differ for the
same word “used” in such constructions as
“used to”, “be used to”, “to be getting used to”.
Studying of reported questions while
performing teaching practices. I used The
Psychologist's Game as role play in order to
make students perform a dialog and transfer it
into direct speech. Prior to that activity an
explanation of grammar rules was provided.
In the event that more copies of this page are necessary for the completion of this task, please see the course director.
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ii. Language Awareness cont. (the second of the five areas of study)
Date
I am able to:
31/07
Use international
phonetic alphabet to
provide transcription of
words and phrases,
describe how sounds are
made
I have acquired / further developed these skills
by:
- Attending course sessions
- Self-study of authentic materials
Evidence to demonstrate I have acquired /
further developed these skills:
Within teaching practises, I have got some
comments on my pronunciation and now, being
more competent in phonology, I’m
continuously improving it.
In the event that more copies of this page are necessary for the completion of this task, please see the course director.
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iii. Teaching Skills (the third of the five areas of study)
A summary of statements and evidence demonstrating how I meet the competencies identified below:
 Design and prepare effective lessons
 Prepare and manage the physical learning environment and use resources in an appropriate way
 Provide innovative and flexible learning experiences for individuals and groups of students
 Create learning environments that are student-centred, challenging and safe
Date
I am able to:
20/07
To prepare well balanced
lessons according to
students level and needs
24/07
Use the board effectively
03/08
To use various kinds of
materials and to tailor
them to students needs
I have acquired / further developed these skills
by:
- Attending course session for lessons
planning
- Preparing for teaching practices
- Observing peer’s performance
- Observing teachers performance
Evidence to demonstrate I have acquired /
further developed these skills:
From the first lesson performed I had some
problems with timing – presentation stage was
too short and at the same time I did not manage
to cover all the activities listed in my lesson
plan. But afterwards I managed to follow timing
indicated, though as per observer’s comments
there are still such things to be improved as
STT and group dynamics.
-
Observing peer’s performance
Observing teachers performance
Reflecting on constructive criticism
At the beginning of teaching practise as per
observer’s comments I didn’t use board much
to provide examples or to teach vocabulary, but
after some practise I started to use board
effectively in order to write definitions and
provide explanations and examples on it.
-
Attending course on teaching materials
While performing teaching practise I used
Observing peers and teachers performance various kinds of materials (songs, videos, selfPerforming teaching practise in class
prepared material) to make lessons as
interesting as possible. It happened that for one
of lessons material level appeared to be above
student level but I managed to provide extra
explanations to help students understand the
material.
In the event that more copies of this page are necessary for the completion of this task, please see the course director.
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iv. Cultural Awareness (the fourth of the five areas of study)
A summary of statements and evidence demonstrating how I meet the competencies identified below:
 Engage in the process of learning a foreign language
 Demonstrate an awareness of the issues in relation to culture and language teaching
 Demonstrate a willingness to foster positive relationships with members of the local community
 Demonstrate an awareness of cultural similarities and differences and our shared cultural heritage
Date
I am able to:
I have acquired / further developed these skills
by:
- Living in a foreign immersion
environment
- Attending a course session in Turkish
language
- Interacting with Turkish students
Evidence to demonstrate I have acquired /
further developed these skills:
I have tried to interact with school staff and
other people using phrases in local language
that I have studied during my stay in Turkey.
19/07
-
To better
understand
difficulties of
being a foreign
language learner
03/08
-
To adapt my
performance due
to acknowledge
of cultural
differences
-
Interacting with teachers and groupmate
Studying course materials
Performing teaching practises
Within the course I have learned many new
things about Turkish and Arabic cultures and
about both language specific features by
communicating with teachers, groupmate and
Turkish students. While performing teaching
practises for I tried to avoid several topics (like
religion, politics) which could cause arguments.
08/08
-
To create positive
relationships with
members of the
local community
-
Participating in group project
Interacting with Kent English school staff
Interacting with school students
I have provided free private English lessons to
my Turkish host.
In the event that more copies of this page are necessary for the completion of this task, please see the course director.
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v. Life Skills (the fifth of the five areas of study)
A summary of statements and evidence demonstrating how I meet the competencies identified below:
 Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills
 Demonstrate effective communication skills
 Demonstrate effective decision-making skills
 Demonstrate effective organizational skills
 Demonstrate effective financial skills
 Demonstrate effective employment awareness skills
 Demonstrate effective legal awareness skills
 Demonstrate effective personal welfare skills
Date
I am able to:
I have acquired / further developed these
skills by:
Evidence to demonstrate I have acquired /
further developed these skills:
21/07
Interact and
communicate efficiently
-
Group work during the course
During the course I have constantly
communicated with my groupmate while
preparing for teaching practise, making
arrangements for group project and interacting
in course sessions. Mutual support within and
after class hours helped a lot to perform in the
course successfully.
27/07
To organize time
effectively
-
Following specified dead lines
Planning timing carefully
During the program I have managed time
effectively in order to have a good balance of
different activities – studying in class and on
my own and performing tasks on time as well
as going out to know more about the country.
31/07
To make informed
decisions
-
Teaching practices
I have matched carefully the activities to be
included into lesson planning and continuously
managed them during the lessons in order to
meet students’ needs and improve students’
performance in class.
In the event that more copies of this page are necessary for the completion of this task, please see the course director.
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v. Life Skills cont. (the fifth of the five areas of study)
Date
I am able to:
17/07
To manage my budget
carefully
08/08
To act successfully
within a job search in a
foreign environment
I have acquired / further developed these skills
by:
- Earning my first money by participating
in a foreign language competition
- Being responsible for my personal welfare
since I have graduated from university
-
Previous employment experiences
Taking part in legal and employment
awareness session
Applying for jobs and making a demo
lesson for a potential Turkish employer
Evidence to demonstrate I have acquired /
further developed these skills:
I’m able to save money for travelling and
educational purposes, I have a positive balance
of accounts and constantly improve my
personal welfare by getting a more well-paid
job.
Since 2006 I have been employed as a purchase
and logistics specialist and have constantly
developed in my career. Before taking a course
I have checked for job opportunities available
in Turkey and upon arrival I have had a job
interview and performed a demo lesson in a
local language school.
In the event that more copies of this page are necessary for the completion of this task, please see the course director.
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5)
Main Discussion Points from Student / Mentor Meetings
Date of Meeting
(dd/mm/yyyy)
Main Points
17/07/2017
Course explanation and general guidance
Discussing personal goals and course projects
21/07/2017
Discussing teaching practice materials
Discussing teaching practice schedule
25/07/2017
04/08/2017
Lesson reflections
Self evaluations
Signatures
(student and mentor)
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6)
Evaluation of Success. Learning Objectives for the Coming Year
Evaluation of Success in the Five Areas of Study (1 of 2)
Evaluation of success in achieving the learning objectives identified at the start of the course in section 3. Refer to any relevant evidence..
Areas of Study
Pedagogy Theory
Language
Awareness
Teaching Skills
Cultural
Awareness
Life Skills
Other
Evaluation of Success in Achieving Objectives
Within the course I have studied different approaches and techniques for language teaching and have applied some of
them in my teaching practises. Now I have a better understanding that various aspects such as different learning styles,
particular students’ needs, etc. should be taken into consideration for effective lesson planning and setting up an
engaging learning environment.
While performing teaching practises I have had a chance to teach some vocabulary which also helped me to develop
my own language skills. Course sessions in grammar have provided me a great opportunity to study grammar deeply
and from another point of view – by comparing grammar constructions used in different languages. Now I feel much
more confident about my grammar skills. I still need to work on my Russian accent but my intonation has improved
significantly throughout the course.
Within teaching practise experiences, I struggled with providing precise and clear instructions. I have come to realise
that I should catch students’ attention first and give more samples if needed. I have definitely managed to improve my
presence in class by moving around, using body language and adding stress to my intonation.
I have had a great experience living in a foreign immersion environment for almost 4 weeks. This experience helped
me to become more empathic to leaners of foreign languages and to learn more about different cultures. I have realised
how important it could be to teach English in an appropriate context and with respect to others.
It is important for me to learn new things and improve my language skills continuously. I’m passionate about the
education process and this helps me to motivate my students and build up their confidence and increase self-esteem.
I have never had any teaching experience before, but now I have become more competent and self-confident while
preforming teaching practises and I do my best to make my students feel same when studying a foreign language.
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Learning Objectives for the Coming Year (2 of 2)
Areas of Study
Pedagogy Theory
Learning Objectives
(a maximum of 3 per section)
-
Strategies for Achieving the Objectives
To learn more about how to teach English to
different age groups
To learn more about how to teach English for
specific purposes
-
Studying specific materials
Performing teaching practise to different age groups
and to leaners with specific needs
Language
Awareness
-
To work more on pronunciation
-
Studying authentic video and audio materials
Interacting with native speakers whenever possible
Teaching Skills
-
To become a student-focused teaching
professional committed to providing a wellbalanced, supportive, and engaging learning
environment
-
To be attentive to students’ needs
To continue learning about how to become an
effective teacher
Cultural
Awareness
-
To learn more about other cultures and
languages
-
To continue interacting with school staff and
groupmate
To travel more
Life Skills
-
To set up new goals and constantly grow as an
individual
-
To work on my strengths and weaknesses
To continue learning new things
Other
-
To study another language
-
Take a course in another foreign language
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