How does the ELP promote the learners’ plurilingualism, and how does it make it visible?

The ELP may be used for different languages at the same time. It can:

  • help learners to become aware of their own plurilingual repertoire, in which all languages are important: foreign languages learned at school, foreign languages (being) learned outside school, languages learned at home, etc.

  • help learners to understand that all their language skills, even the most humble, are of value

  • help learners to independently identify relationships between languages (related words, learning strategies, etc.) in order to learn more efficiently

  • encourage learners to make use of all their language skills in different communicative situations

  • whet learners’ appetite for discovering other languages and new cultures, and suggest how they can do so

All three sections of the Language Portfolio – the Language Passport consisting of language profiles for numerous languages, the various components of the Language Biography focusing on intercultural experiences and the Dossier comprising individual pieces of work in different languages – can contribute to all these points.
By employing the descriptions of skills in the Passport and in the Biography checklists, which are applicable to every language, users can track their communicative skills, their learning progress and their objectives in the different languages at one and the same time. The Language Portfolio thus mirrors the multilingual and multicultural repertoire of each individual.