European Language Portfolio


History of the ELP project

In view of the large number and wide range of validated and registered models now available, the Council of Europe stopped registering ELPs at the end of 2014. The website will continue to provide all the necessary resources for compiling ELP models, which in future will be the sole responsibility of developers. These resources include descriptors of language proficiency at all CEFR levels and for different age groups, templates of various kinds, and step-by-step guidelines.

The sections below tell you how the ELP was originally developed and piloted, the work of the European Validation Committee and the impact of the ELP on language learning and teaching.

The European Language Portfolio: the story so far (1991-2011): a history of the ELP by David Little, Francis Gouillier and Gareth Hughes (members of the Validation Committee, 2001-2010)

The European Language Portfolio: an impact study (2009): a survey of the impact of ELP models in a representative sample of European countries and educational contexts by Maria Stoicheva, Gareth Hughes and Heike Speitz (members of the Validation Committee)

Reports of the ELP project: a series of reports describing the development and implementation of the ELP by Rolf Schärer, General Rapporteur to the ELP project:

Reports from the European ELP seminars (2001-2009) by David Little, Seminar co-ordinator: