My goal is to help students become self-directed, lifelong acquirers, and competent users of English. Part of that process involves helping students build self-awareness of their language acquisition and what they can do to promote it now and after they leave my classroom. Self-assessment has been a major concern of mine. Now there may be a solution.

The Council of Europe has developed a set of tools for language learner self-assessment. They are available free and can be completed online, as Word documents or, when printed out, by hand. All three versions - Passport, CV, and the junior portfolio - help make learners conscious of the language acquisition process, provide an easy-to-use self-assessment tool, and a means to communicate their language development, along with other important personal information to employers and others.

European Language Portfolio web site
  • European Language Passport - allows language learners to describe their language skills
  • Europass Curriculum Vitae - anyone who wants to use Europass can start by completing the Europass CV, which enables the learner to make his/her skills and qualifications visible; additional supporting documents can be attached to the CV.

My Languages Portfolio European Language Portfolio (junior version) web site

Teacher Training

The ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) TAPESTRY instructional series for pre- and in-service teachers - from the University of South Florida and available free through iTunes U. Each module was created with the help of leading experts in teaching ESOL (TESOL) and contains video lectures and an associated resources page to enable the viewer to go more in depth.

Each module includes a video lecture of approximately one hour. For those who are using the modules to complete part of their ESOL faculty development requirements, we have compiled approximately four additional hours of activities and web-based follow-up, totaling an estimated five hours of self-paced instruction per tutorial module.


Reading, Viewing, and Listening Strategies, from LearnAlberta (Canada) uses free online student-oriented videos to teach four levels of reading, viewing, and listening strategies - beginning strategy user to advanced user. Each level contains four stages - explore, connect, evaluate, engage & extend - with downloadable MS Word documents to support the activities at that level. Similar to SRE and Into/Through/Beyond. Could be adapted for ELLs.