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The Use of Portfolio as an Assessment Tool in the Malaysian L2 Classroom

1. Charanjit Kaur a/p Swaran Singh; 2. Arshad Abdul Samad
1. Faculty of Educational Studies, University Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, SELANGOR; 2. Faculty of Educational Studies, University Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, SELANGOR
Abstract :
This article focuses on the use of portfolio as an assessment tool for learning in two 
Malaysian secondary ESL classrooms. Participants included nine experienced lower and 
upper secondary school classroom ESL teachers who had utilised portfolio as an assessment 
tool in their classrooms. A qualitative research design was employed within the interpretive 
research paradigm as to provide an in-depth description of ESL teachers’ understanding of the 
use of portfolio as an assessment tool in the classroom. The interview data were used for 
triangulating data obtained from the classroom observations. Data collected through both 
techniques were transcribed and analyzed manually. The nine ESL teachers reported that 
student’s self-reflection and self-assessment helped them to improve their instruction in the 
classroom. Moreover, the ESL teachers found students showed progress in learning via 
supplementary exercises which were assessed and then graded. The teachers disclosed that 
the core features of a portfolio assessment include purpose, content and structure which were 
considered crucial to bring about effective results of student learning. The qualitative findings 
contribute to a better understanding of the use of portfolio as an assessment tool and have 
some implications for teaching and assessment. 
Keywords :
Portfolio, Portfolio Assessment, Alternative Assessment

Date Deposited : 25 Apr 2014 13:10

Last Modified : 25 Apr 2014 13:10

Official URL: http://www.macrothink.org/journal/index.php/ijele/article/view/2851/2367

Volume 1, Number 1, - 2013 , ISSN 2325-0887

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