What are the purposes of the European Language Portfolio (ELP)?

The European Language Portfolio aims to:

  • promote plurilingualism and the dialogue between people from different cultures
  • facilitate mobility in Europe by presenting language qualifications in a clear and comparable way
  • encourage lifelong, autonomous learning
  • promote self-assessment skills and the awareness of personal linguistic and cultural resources

What the ELP helps you to do … 

... if you are a learner:

  • assess your own language skills according to the internationally comparable levels defined by the Council of Europe
  • create your own Language Passport, which is recognised throughout Europe
  • inform anyone interested about your language skills, for example when changing schools, starting a language course, participating in an exchange programme or applying for a job
  • learn languages independently and competently: set personal objectives and plan further learning
  • be aware of and appreciate your own multilingualism and experiences of other cultures

... if you are a teacher:

  • recognise the needs and motivation of learners, helping them to set goals and put together learning programmes
  • get an idea of learners’ language abilities and find out about their previous language learning experiences inside and outside school
  • make appropriate distinctions in assessing and documenting performance
  • relate diplomas and certificates to the Council of Europe’s reference levels
  • describe your language courses and provide attestations of language learning experiences

... if you are an employer, firm or office:

  • gain a detailed impression of the language proficiency of employees or job applicants and make better use of their language abilities
  • specify employees’ qualification requirements and plan in-house training and continuing professional development programmes
  • prepare attestations on the use of foreign languages in the workplace and on periods of professional development spent in other language areas