To follow up on my previous post, I’m also including a link to my reading and speaking/listening portfolio assignments. I’m leaving a lot up to the students here. They have to do outside work on their own; I’m not requiring it. I toyed with the idea of requiring it, but it gets to be a pain to keep up with, and it’s often hard to tell if your students are actually doing the assignment or lying. I’ve found that it’s far more effort than it’s worth. I’ve introduced the portfolio assignment in each of my classes, and the students seem completely on board with the idea. No complaints so far. I’m sure the end of the session will be a different story :).