International Journal of Language & Linguistics

ISSN 2374-8850 (Print), 2374-8869 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijll

Exploring EFL Students’ Perceptions of Washback of Portfolios in Reading Assessment
Gunawan Suryoputro, Rizal Akip

The study aims to find out how Indonesian EFL students perceive and make use of washback of portfolio assessment in reading academic texts. To explore washback of portfolios, 20 students from English department at the faculty of education were interviewed. The result revealed that the students had positive perceptions because the washback improved their reading strategy, contributed positive changes to their learning attitude, and cultivated their learning autonomy. They also perceived portfolio assessment a ‘novel’ method in assessing their reading and a helpful tool in learning; therefore, they made use of portfolio assessment for future teaching and learning guidelines. In spite of the positive washback of portfolios, a further study has to be done because teachers have some challenges, such as preparing an appropriate design and taking time into account when applying portfolios in language assessment.

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