Portfolio assesment in ESL writing classrooms / Teti Rozi Ariffin

Ariffin, Teti Rozi (2008) Portfolio assesment in ESL writing classrooms / Teti Rozi Ariffin. Masters thesis, Universiti Teknologi MARA.


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This qualitative case study examines portfolio assessment as an alternative tool in ESL
writing classrooms of a class of students with limited language proficiency. Airasian
(2002) has highlighted that portfolio assessment is a collection of selected students’
work to demonstrate their work and accomplishment over time to show their growth
and development. This school is situated in a suburban area of Kuala Terengganu. The
purpose of this study was to examine the effects of using portfolio assessment in ESL
classrooms particularly towards writing essay, the students’ and teachers’ perceptions of
having this portfolio assessment, the issues and challenges of portfolio assessment in
ESL classrooms. The investigation employed qualitative research techniques. Data were
collected from students’ portfolio which consisted of essays and learning journal,
interviews with the students and teachers, and questionnaire for both groups. Thirtythree
students were involved in the study and all submitted their complete portfolios.
Data analysis revealed that most students preferred using portfolio assessment and
admitted to getting better in writing English. Students reflected on learning their
strengths and weaknesses through portfolio assessment. Teachers liked portfolio
assessment but worried that the students’ proficiency level could not make it effective
and successful. Few suggestions were recommended in making portfolio assessment a
successful alternative assessment to the standardized testing.


Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Ariffin, Teti Rozi
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Education and training of teachers and administrators > Assessment. Portfolios
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > Education of special classes of persons > Children in suburban areas. Suburban education. Suburban schools
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam > Faculty of Education
Item ID: 14967
Uncontrolled Keywords: Portfolio assessment; Language proficiency; ESL writing classrooms
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/14967


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