The European Language Portfolio (ELP) was developed by the Language Policy Programme of the Council of Europe

  • to support the development of learner autonomy, plurilingualism and intercultural awareness and competence;
  • to allow users to record their language learning achievements and their experience of learning and using languages.

The European Language Portfolio is related to the work of the Education Department which is part of the Directorate of Democratic Participation within the Directorate General of Democracy and Human Dignity ("DGII") of the Council of Europe.

Developing an ELP

Follow this link if you wish to know more about the concept and history of the ELP, download components, or create an ELP of your own, but also to consult the full list of accredited or registered ELP models.

In this part of the website you will find:

  • documents on the ELP's origin, guiding principles and history
  • reports on the ELP project at European level
  • reports on international seminars held under the aegis of the Council of Europe
  • lists of ELPs accredited (2000-2010) and registered (2011-2014) by the Council of Europe
  • a guide to compiling an ELP model
  • templates and other resources that can be used when compiling an ELP
  • some key publications on designing and using an ELP

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.

Using the ELP

Follow the link above if you wish to access support for introducing an ELP into a school system, an educational sector, a school, or a class.

In this part of the website you will find:

  • ideas and tools for teacher education
  • models and case studies of the ELP being used in different educational contexts
  • ideas and tools to support the use of the ELP in different educational contexts
  • projects run by the Council of Europe’s European Centre for Modern Languages in Graz, to support the use of the ELP


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