Using the Dossier

You can use the Dossier to collect examples that illustrate your language skills. These can include:

  • a radio programme you have listened to (on CD or a mp3 file, including e.g. a short description written by you)
  • a newspaper article you have read, including e.g. your summary or comments
  • a recording of a discussion you have taken part in
  • an oral presentation you have given
  • an e-mail or an essay you have written

It is important that your Dossier gives examples of all the skills you have acquired in all the languages you have learned or are learning. In this way, the Dossier reflects your multilingual and multicultural repertoire. 

The two parts of the Dossier

In the first part of the Dossier, you can keep examples that illustrate your current levels of achievement. These can be examples of work you produce for specific occasions, for example when you are applying for a job, or they can be pieces of work from your lessons.

In the second part of your Dossier you can keep typical pieces of work from the past and examples showing the stages in your learning process or the stages in writing a text, from the draft to the final version.

How do I put my Dossier together?

Create an overview: put the names of the items in the «List of Pieces of Work» in the Dossier or in the electronic Form 3.1. Indicate for each one whether it is the result of individual or group work, a typical or the best example, and whether it is a first draft or a revised version. You can use this list for both parts of the Dossier.

Documentating Your Learning Achievements

You can keep documents illustrating your learning achievements in the official Box. You can also keep your Europass and/or your Language Passport in it, as well as copies of your certificates and qualifications if you like.

If you would like to present your Dossier on specific occasions, for example when changing schools or applying for a job, then you can select pieces of work that reflect your current skills in various languages.

Think about how you can best document your skills in various languages and don’t forget the languages you have learned outside of school.

Documentating your learning process

You can put together this part of the Dossier in your ELP folder or online in the section «My ELP» (Section 3: Dossier).

If you would like to document your learning process, you can collect pieces of work that reflect the progress you have made during a school year, a stay abroad, or a language course.
The collection of work should be updated regularly. You decide which examples should stay in the Dossier and which new pieces of work should go in. You may want to document the developmental process of a piece of work from the first draft to the final corrected version, or keep examples of pieces of work that were produced during a Iimited period of time. This can help you to see and evaluate your progress in specific areas.

You can also keep old pages from the Language Biography (for example Checklists) in the Dossier.
Besides collecting texts that show what you have written and what you can write, it is a good idea to include video and audio recordings or web-pages that you have created. Also include projects, plays, or exhibitions you have participated in.

Use a separate folder, file, or box for anything that doesn't fit in Section 3 of the ELP folder.

Electronic Box

You can also compile the Dossier in electronic form. Use this box to collect the files and documents you want to include in the Dossier. You can remove a document from the box without deleting it completely.