It is a document in which those who are learning or have learned one or more languages - whether at school or outside school - can record and reflect on their language learning and intercultural experiences.
Its main aims are:
to help learners give shape and coherence to their experience of learning and using languages other than their first language
to motivate learners by acknowledging their efforts to extend and diversify their language skills at all levels
to provide a record of the linguistic and cultural skills they have acquired (to be consulted, for example, when they are moving to a higher learning level or seeking employment at home or abroad)
In an ELP all competence is valued, whether it was gained inside or outside formal education.