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ESOL Portfolio FAQ's:

  • for English Language Education students
  • for Foreign Language Education students
  • for Special Education students
  • for Early Childhood & Elementary Education students who started before Fall 2002



1. Why do I have to do a binder like this?
2. How is this binder supposed to help me?
3.

What materials do I need to construct the Resource Binder?

4. How should I organize my Binder?
5. Who can help me with the binder?
6.

What constitutes ESOL-related materials?

7. What if I did ESOL-related work, but the professor never returned the assignment?
8. What if I did ESOL-related work, but the assignment was lost, tossed or eaten by my cat?
9. What if I did ESOL-related work, but the assignment was completed in a group?
10. What if I did ESOL-related work, but I am required to include the original assignment in another binder or portfolio?
11. What if my program allowed me to substitute one of the standard courses in my program with another class?
12. What if I take a course outside of my planned program that deals with ESOL?
13. What if one of my professors did not require an assignment that I was told would automatically meet certain ESOL Performance Standards (PS's)?
14.

What if the assignment had nothing to do with ESOL, even though I was told that it would automatically meet certain ESOL PS's?

15. What does PS stand for?
16.

Where can I find a list of the ESOL PS's?

17. My program has a form with my courses listed, which includes the ESOL-related assignments. What do the numbers in the PS column mean?
18.

How many times do I need to meet a given Performance Standard?

19. How do I use the Alternate Activities?
20. What will the portfolio have to look like for the preliminary check when I'm in FLE 4316?
21. What will the portfolio have to look like for the final check?


1. Why do I have to do a binder like this?

The Florida Department of Education requires that this binder be completed upon your graduation from the College of Education at USF. The completed collection of ESOL-infused materials means that you have met the required number of ESOL State Performance Standards required for the ESOL Endorsement. The State of Florida needs proof that you have met the ESOL Performance Standards, since the infusion of the equivalent of 4-5 graduate courses into your undergraduate curriculum is a tall order. The binder is the hard evidence that you have done so.

2. How is this binder supposed to help me?

Through the infusion of ESOL-related materials and topics into the courses taught her at USF’s College of Education you will meet the same requirements, while still in school. The already-practicing teachers are required to return and take 300 hours of graduate level courses to meet the ESOL endorsement requirements. In addition, the Resource Binder is intended as a tool for you to take into the field and actually make use of with your LEP students.

3. What materials do I need to construct the Resource Binder?

To organize your Binder you will need the following:

  • One or more 3" or 4" binders with your name and program clearly printed on the spine(s).
  • Dividers for each section in the binder.
  • A Binder Contents Form in the front.
  • Originals or faithful photocopies of clearly graded assignments, papers, lesson plans, projects, presentations, etc. that you complete and pass in your Education courses.
  • (Optional) Sticky note tabs and/or highlighter pen to mark specific ESOL content in the above assignments.
    You will NOT need plastic sheet protectors!

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4. How should I organize my Binder?

Follow the instructions on the ESOL Binder Set-up Page.


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5. Who can help me with the binder?

Your FLE 4317 instructor will help you organize your binder at the beginning stages. In the semester that you are taking FLE 4316, your instructor will require that you have your binder reviewed at the ESOL Office (EDU 266).  The ESOL specialist will review your binder and help you plan how to complete it before graduation.

6. What constitutes ESOL-related materials?

ESOL-related materials must be documents, games, activities, lesson plans, reviews, annotated resources, etc. that have been aimed at or modified for Limited English Proficient students. All materials must be your own original work If you are unsure whether particular materials are ESOL-related, please consult an ESOL specialist in the ESOL Office (EDU 266).

7. What if I did ESOL-related work, but the professor never returned the assignment?

If you are unable to locate an assignment that you believe satisfies one or more ESOL Performance Standards, then you do not have proof in the eyes of the State of Florida that you have met those Standards. While this is unfortunate, you hold the burden of proof of meeting the Standards, regardless. You may request that the professor who taught the course complete an ESOL Completed Assignment Form, which can be placed in the Binder as a replacement for the assignment in question.

If this is not an option, then you may also consider including ESOL-related materials from courses outside your program, or completing and including Alternate Activities that meet those Standards that you may be lacking.

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8. What if I did ESOL-related work, but the assignment was lost, tossed or eaten by my cat?

If you are unable to locate an assignment that you believe satisfies one or more ESOL Performance Standards, then you do not have proof in the eyes of the State of Florida that you have met those Standards. While this is unfortunate, you hold the burden of proof of meeting the Standards, regardless. You may request that the professor who taught the course complete an ESOL Completed Assignment Form, which can be placed in the Binder as a replacement for the assignment in question.

If this is not an option, then you may also consider including ESOL-related materials from courses outside your program, or completing and including Alternate Activities that meet those Standards that you may be lacking.


9. What if I did ESOL-related work, but the assignment was completed in a group?

In this instance, be certain that you include a faithful photocopy of the assignment in your binder, including all instructor comments, notations and grades.

10. What if I did ESOL-related work, but I am required to include the original assignment in another binder or portfolio?

In this instance, be certain that you include a faithful photocopy of the assignment in your binder, including all instructor comments, notations and grades.

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11. What if my program allowed me to substitute one of the standard courses in my program with another class?

1) Locate the portion of the ESOL Binder, and the matching section of the ESOL Binder Contents Form, that applies to substituted courses.

2) Indicate in the provided spaces on the form a list of the courses and assignments that meet ESOL PS's.

3) In the body of the binder, under the section for substituted courses, include the ESOL-related assignments.

12. What if I take a course outside of my planned program that deals with ESOL?

If a course is not in your planned program, you may still include ESOL-related assignments from the course in your Binder. You will need to do the following:

1) Locate the portion of the ESOL Binder, and the matching section of the ESOL Binder Contents Form, that applies to out-of-program courses.

2) Indicate in the provided spaces on the form a list of the courses and assignments that meet ESOL PS's.

3) In the body of the binder, under the section for out-of-program courses, include the ESOL-related assignments.

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13. What if one of my professors did not require an assignment that I was told would automatically meet certain ESOL Performance Standards (PS's)?

If a professor never required an assignment that you’ve been told would satisfy one or more ESOL Performance Standards, then you have not met those Standards through that assignment. You are still responsible for meeting the Standards, regardless. You may consider including ESOL-related materials from courses outside your program, or completing and including Alternate Activities that meet those Standards that you may be lacking.

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14. What if the assignment had nothing to do with ESOL, even though I was told that it would automatically meet certain ESOL PS's?
If an assignment that you’ve been told would satisfy one or more ESOL Performance Standards does not deal with ESOL, then you have not met those Standards through that assignment. You are still responsible for meeting the Standards, regardless. You may consider including ESOL-related materials from courses outside your program, or completing and including Alternate Activities that meet those Standards that you may be lacking.


15. What does PS stand for?

The PS stands for Performance Standards.

16. Where can I find a list of the ESOL PS's?

Click on the link provided for ESOL Performance Standards .

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17. My program has a form with my courses listed, which includes the ESOL-related assignments. What do the numbers in the PS column mean?

The numbers correspond to the ESOL Performance Standards supposedly met by having completed the listed assignments for that course.


18. How many times do I need to meet a given Performance Standard?

Multiple evidence of having met a given Standard is required. The inservice path to Endorsement requires 5 graduate-level ESOL classes. You are attempting to cover the same material prior to graduation. Most standards are met about 5 times.


19. How do I use the Alternate Activities?
If your infused courses do not allow you to meet each standard 5 times, there is still a way to complete your binder. You may choose from an official list of approved alternate activities, which may be completed at any time before the end of your final internship. These activities were carefully designed to be feasible in a field experience setting. (See list of Alternate Activities).

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20. What will the portfolio have to look like for the preliminary check when I'm in FLE 4316?

The ESOL Specialist will take a preliminary look at your binder and help you make a plan for its completion. You should have the binder as much in its final form as possible, with labels, dividers, summary reflections and assignments-to-date included.


21. What will the portfolio have to look like for the final check?

Your binder will give evidence of meeting all the Performance Standards, along with having completed the ESOL Late Field Experience.  Only then will ESOL Specialist sign off on your ESOL Binder. It is during this final review that the State of Florida may send representatives to verify that ESOL Resource Binders do, indeed, reflect the equivalent of 300 hours post-graduate in-service.

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Related Links

ESOL Homepage

ESOL Standards
ESOL E-Library
ESOL Faculty

Faculty Development Plan


FLE 4317
FLE 4316

ESOL Binder


ESOL 1

ESOL 2

ESOL 3

ESOL Folder


ESOL 1 - MAT

ESOL 2 - MAT

ESOL 3 - MAT


FLE 4365

FLE 5366


OMSLE
Florida Consent Decree

Sunshine State Standards


Secondary Ed Homepage

Foreign Lang Ed Homepage



  

 

 

 

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