What Language Teaching Is
Reflective practice is aided by the use of a professional portfolio. A teaching portfolio is a record of a teacher’s classroom performance, development as a teacher, and building of coherence through reflective practice.
Functions of a teaching portfolio
To allow a teacher to track personal development
Contents of a teaching portfolio
Section 1: Background and philosophy
Section 2: Documentation of performance
Section 3: Evaluations
A teaching portfolio can be a valuable tool for you as a language instructor. The reflective work that goes into producing it will encourage you to clarify for yourself what you are doing and why. It will also help you understand the professional value of teaching.
Your teaching portfolio will allow you to present both your language teaching philosophy and the best or most interesting examples of its application in the classroom. Your portfolio should not be a static collection that you develop once and never revise; you should review and update it every year so that it reflects your growth as a language teaching professional.
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