e European Language Portfolio

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Introduction

This European Language Portfolio is a virtual space for students to keep a record of their ongoing language skills and cultural experience, and thus help them reflect on their language learning.

It is the property of his/her holder.

Aims

  • Motivate learners by supporting their efforts to extend and diversify their language skills for different competencies at different levels.
  • Provide a statement of their language and cultural skills they have achieved during their various experiments.

Contents

  • A language passport based on the Europass Language Passport (© European Union and Council of Europe). New languages may be added on request using the contact form.
  • A detailed language biography including the learner's experience in each language, to help improve planning and assessment and facilitate self-assessment or assessment by a teacher.
  • A dossier containing personal work attesting the performance in each of the foreign languages mentioned as well as diplomas, certificates, CVs and learning material (recordings, texts, vocabulary, exercises, and homework of all kinds).
  • A self-assessment systemCercleS) using a set of checklists allowing to reflect on competencies at a given level and to set new objectives.

Major functions

The learning function
Enhance learner motivation to improve the ability to communicate in different languages, learn other languages, endeavour to go through new intercultural experiences.
Provide learners with guidance on how to meet their objectives, improve their learning methods and success in foreign languages, plan the learning process, learn autonomously.
Encourage learners to increase their multilingual and intercultural experience through contacts and visits, readings, using the media, or developing projects.
The documentation and presentation functions
The Electronic Language Portfolio is intended to document as fully as possible its holder's multilingual language skills so as to be able to inform others in details about its holder's skills and allow for international comparisons. It is also made to enable the holder to record their experiences in other languages and cultures.

The Council of Europe

The Council of Europe is a political intergovernmental organisation founded in 1949 with its permanent headquarters in Strasbourg, France. Its mission is to guarantee democracy, human rights and justice in Europe. Today it serves 800 million people in 47 states.

The Council of Europe aims to build a greater Europe based on shared values, including tolerance and respect for cultural and linguistic diversity. It promotes the use of the European Language Portfolio as a practical means of helping people of all ages and backgrounds to learn more languages and engage with other cultures. The ELP is also a means of presenting language skills, at any level and however acquired, in a clearly understandable way, using a common European system of six proficiency levels.