What does the European Language Portfolio consist of?

All Language Portfolios consist of three sections: the Language Passport, the Language Biography and the Dossier


  • The Language Passport gives an overview of learners knowledge and experience of languages and cultures as well as of relevant certificates and attestations.  
  • The Language Biography documents learners contact with languages, their personal reflections on language learning and their cultural experiences. It contains checklists for the self-assessment of language skills, helps learners’ to set goals and encourages them to think about their own language learning.
  • The Dossier is a collection of pieces of personal work to illustrate how learners use and learn their languages. It can be used to document learning progress or to present learning achievements to others.


All European Language Portfolios refer to levels A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference to describe and assess language skills. In order to make finer distinctions, Switzerland developed the additional levels A1.1, A1.2, B1.1 and B1.2.