Language Portrait Resources

Language Portrait Resources

Downloadable templates and resources to support home languages in your learning community.

My Language Portrait

This template can be used for students to reflect on and express how they see themselves through languages.

Me and My Languages

This is designed for families to complete together at home and helps determine a student’s language background and experiences so far. It invites exploration of the use of language in different contexts and with different important people in their life.

My Cultural Identities

This element involves students reflecting on who they are in relation to various aspects of identity explained in the video below. Students are encouraged to add whatever they value and is important to them and can create this identity map either on a pre made template as above or through any medium they choose.

Questions to pose and reflect on during the process.

  • Which used languages are associated with learning, with social life and with family? 
  • What feelings and attitudes about languages are we uncovering? 
  • Which language does a student perceive is strongest or preferred in different contexts, for example while reading, speaking or in the arts or mathematics? 
  • What literacy experiences are revealed and in which contexts? 
  • What personal goals do students have for their continued language learning? 
  • How are languages connected to different aspects of their identities?
  • What are the emotions strongly connected to language?

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language it goes to his heart.

Nelson Mandela