The ELP is a document in which those who are learning or have learned one or more languages can record and reflect on their language learning and intercultural experiences.

It has three components: a language passport, a language biography, and a dossier.

The ELP supports the development of learner autonomy, plurilingualism and intercultural awareness.

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 language proficiency is valued, whether it was gained inside or outside formal education. In addition:

  • The ELP is the property of the learner
  • It is linked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (users assess themselves in relation to the CEFR’s proficiency levels).
  • It conforms to a common set of Principles and Guidelines that have been approved by the Committee of Ministers and recommended to Member States (see Recommendation CM/Rec(2008)7E).
  • The Council of Europe’s work in language education has enriched the ELP in a number of ways, especially as regards plurilingual and intercultural education. The values inherent in the ELP are also central to the projects of the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML).
  • This website offers a suite of templates that can be used, with or without adaptation, to create an ELP. The templates can also be used selectively, for example to promote self-assessment in language learning, develop learners’ intercultural awareness, or help them to focus on their plurilingual repertoires.


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