European Language Portfolio (ELP)RSS

The European Language Portfolio (ELP) was developed by the Council of Europe as a practical application for the Common European Framework of Reference for language learning, teaching and assessment (CEFR). Both instruments were launched in 2001, European Year of Languages, to promote and support language learning and language diversity in Europe and plurilingualism among Europeans. They have since become the reference for language education throughout Europe, be it for  teachers and learners or for curriculum designers, testing and certification bodies and publishers.

The CEFR is a very substantial and complexe document produced through extensive consultations over a period of twenty five years. It can be consulted directly on a dedicated page on the Council of Europe website, or you can find a  synopsis of its main features here.

All ELPs share the same characteristics, which are summarised here, and can also be found on the dedicated ELP page on the Council of Europe website. Many different versions of the ELP have been developed and accredited by the Council of Europe over the years to respond to the needs of different target groups of language learners in different countries. You will find examples of some of these versions as well as further resources on the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) ELP page here. A full database of ELP versions, including those developed in Ireland, is also available, here.  See two examples below.

As language learner yourself, and/or as language teacher,  you may want to experience the part of the ELP at first hand by using Language Passport included in Europass. By using it you will be able to familiarise yourself with the 'can-do' descriptors and the CEFR language self-assessment grid. See below.

1. I can... MFL Short Courses and the ELP

I can… Benchmarking the Junior Cycle Framework and Short Courses in Modern Languages with the Common ...
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3. Language Self-Assessment Grid

The language self assessment grid is one of the key tools provided by the Council of Europe in the C ...
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4. Video on the ELP (ECML)

You can see a European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) video on the ELP (13 min) here.

5. Online Language Passport  (Europass)

The Europass website gives you the opportunity to complete (and amend) a Language Passport online. T ...
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6. Benefits of using the European Language Portfolio

This section of the ELP site describes the benefits of using the ELP for both learners and teachers. ...
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7. My ELP

Irish Junior ELP developed for senior primary school pupils (English or Irish medium schools) by the ...
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8. Post Primary ELP - Learning the Language of the Host Community

This model of ELP was designed by Integrate Ireland Language and Training (IILT) to serve the needs ...
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