Appel, G. (2002). The European Language Portfolio [translated as: El Portfolio del Lenguas Europeas]. In Ministerio de Educación Cultura y Deporte (Spain) (Ed.), La Lengua, Vehículo Cultural Multidisciplinar (pp. 121-130). [PDF will become available soon]

Geoffrion-Vinci, M., Lamb-Faffelberger, M., & Toulouse, M. (2013). Electronic portfolios: A blueprint for deep language learning and assessment. ADFL Bulletin, 42, 36-60.

Karsenti, T., & Collin, S. (2010). The eportfolio: How can it be used in French as a second language teaching and learning? Revue internationale des technologies en pédagogie universitaire, 7, 68-75. doi:

From the abstract: Originally used in artistic circles, the portfolio is quickly gaining ground in French as a second language teaching and learning. For example, the European Language Portfolio (ELP), under the auspices of the European Council, is a tool that is rapidly adaptable to advances in Web 2.0 technology. In this context, we draw a portrait of the portfolio in French as a second language (FSL) education and cite the advantages of the electronic portfolio. Finally, we draw on empirical results, from a specific eportfolio, eduportfolio, to illustrate its potential for FSL teaching and learning.

Lorenzo, G., & Ittelson, J. (2005). An overview of e-portfolios. EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) Paper No. 1. Available at

McCoy, H., & Doran, M. (2011). Implementing e-portfolios in the business language classroom: A French case.

This is a slideshow prepared by the authors from a presentation they made at the 2011 CIBER Conference. View here.

Mills, N., Pajares, F., & Herron, C. (2011). The European language portfolio: The story so far (1991-2011). Strasbourgh: Council of Europe. Retrieved from:

Salaberri, M. S., & Appel, G. (2003). Assessment and diversity: Development of personal identities through portfolios. In M. Jimenez Raya and T. Lamb (eds.), Differentiation in the modern languages classroom (pp. 211-223). Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang

Offers examples of evaluation and assessment tools, including portfolios, as practices through which teachers can be responsive to individual learners and regard them as agents of their learning histories in the social context of the classroom. (ap)

Tierney, R., Carter, M. A., & Desai, L. E. (1991). Portfolio assessment in the reading-writing classroom.Norwood, MA: Christopher-Gordon.

This book is a classic. While it does not describe e-portfolios or the use of portfolios in the context of learning a second language, it is a must read for those who want to immerse themselves in the spirit of portfolios. The authors truly are able to guide teachers in “developing classroom practices and traditions that reflect a students centered approach to assessment.” Very inspiring. (ap)

Van Houten, J. B. (2006). Turning a new light on assessment with LinguaFolio. Learning Languages, 12, 7-10. Available as an ERIC document at:, 7-10.

From the abstract: This article aims to reshape the prevailing perception of assessment into one of a positive and powerful tool to guide learning, teaching, and advocacy. Emphasis is placed on the importance of becoming assessment -literate, developing a balanced assessment system, using assessment results to motivate learners and mold instruction, and sharing data to inform stakeholders and advocate for language learning.

Wilhelm, L., Puckett, K., Beisser, S., Wishart, W., Meridith, E., & Sivakumaran, T. (2006). Lessons learned from the implementation of electronic portfolios a three universities. TechTrends, 50, 62- 71.

A description of ePortfolio implementations from three institutions: the College of Teacher Education and Leadership on the West campus of Arizona State University, the Drake University School of Education, and the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. This article provides an overview of the issues to consider when implementing an ePortfolio system for professional development in college degree programs. Offers technical advice.(ap)


e-Portfolio Open-Access Journal

International Journal of ePortfolios (IJeP) 
An open access journal dedicated to the study of eportfolios. Volume 1 (2011) – present. Many articles, in which institutions describe their experiences with portfolio implementation. General, not language-specific.

Websites is a site created and maintained by Helen Barrett, who has been researching portfolios and e-portfolios since the early 90ies. While her site does not address language portfolios in particular, you can browse the site and will find many useful resources.