LinguaFolio® Training Resources

Training modules to show how to implement LinguaFolio®

3.10 Autonomous Learning Activities: KWL Chart

With this type of chart, individual students provide examples of what they know, what they wonder or want to know, and what they learned. KWL charts are especially effective when used at the beginning and at the end of a period of study. At the start of a lesson or a unit, the completed charts can help the teacher learn about students’ background knowledge and interests. At the end of a lesson or unit, the charts can help the students reflect on what they have learned as well as gain awareness of their improvements. They may also add evidence to show what they have learned.

K stands for Know
What do I already know about this topic?

W stands for Will or Want
What do I think I will learn about this topic?
What do I want to know about this topic?

L stands for Learned
What have I learned about this topic?

E (optional) stands for Evidence
How can I show what I have learned about this topic?

The handouts linked below contain KWL and KWLE charts for classroom use.

KWL (pdf)
KWLE (pdf)

Tannenbaum, J. Practical Ideas on Alternative Assessment for ESL Students. Washington, DC: ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, 1996.
Shaaban, Kassim. “Assessment of Young Learners,” English Teaching Forum, 43(1), 34–40.

Next: 3.11) Autonomous learning activities: Application cards