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.
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The language self assessment grid is one of the key tools provided by the Council of Europe in the CEFR. It is a combination of the 'can-do descriptors', the five language skills and six competence levels. See here.
You can see a European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) video on the ELP (13 min) here.
The Europass website gives you the opportunity to complete (and amend) a Language Passport online. This is not the full ELP but can provide language teachers and other adult language learners with a first contact with this ELP component. See here.
This section of the ELP site describes the benefits of using the ELP for both learners and teachers. Read here.
Irish Junior ELP developed for senior primary school pupils (English or Irish medium schools) by the Modern Languages in Primary Schools Initiative (MLPSI). Includes four target languages -Italian, Spanish, German and French-, a topic-based Language Biogr ...
This model of ELP was designed by Integrate Ireland Language and Training (IILT) to serve the needs of teenage students learning English to integrate in the Irish post-primary school system. See here.