LinguaFolio® Training Resources

Training modules to show how to implement LinguaFolio®

4.3 Can-Do Statements

One example of an embedded, LinguaFolio-like activity that builds awareness of and fosters self-assessment is a list of four or five can-do statements used at the end of an activity or lesson.

The list addresses a specific content topic. Each of the corresponding can-do statements focuses on one or more language functions. A can-do statement also contains a measurable action verb and a quantifier, so learners can assess whether they have met their goals. As you create a list, start with the easiest task and build in complexity.

The can-do statements have many uses. Students can use them as a review sheet or as a script during the next class to show a peer what they can do. They can complete their self-assessment individually during a quiet time in class, as an exit slip, or in a peer-assessment.

There are several types of short can-do statements to help learners measure their progress. Some can-do statements measure the overall status of a particular skill or skills. Other can-do statements measure detailed, daily progress on specific language and content functions.

In the upcoming activities there are examples of both general and detailed lists. When complementing autonomous and reflective learning activities, they help learners identify what they can do
and how well they have met stated goals.

As you watch this video, identify why these students say the LinguaFolio self-assessment process is important to them.

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Video transcript: “Checklists of Can-do Statements: Self-assessment”(pdf)

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