The European Languages Portfolio (ELP) is a document in which those who are learning or have learned a language – whether at school or at an outside school – can record and reflect on their language learning process and cultural experiences. It is a document which provides information about its owner’s communication competences in languages that are being studied.
Components included in the ELP:
The language passport summarises its owner’s linguistic identity, language learning and intercultural experience.
The language biography provides an accompaniment to the ongoing process of learning, using second languages and engaging with the cultures associated with them.
Finally, the dossier collects evidence of L2 proficiency and intercultural experience.
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, for example, when they are moving to a higher learning level or seeking employment at home or abroad.
Implementation in a secondary EFL classroom:
The most important step would be encouraging the students to control their process of learning, that is, to instil in them the necessity to be autonomous learners by doing and trying skills on their own.
Some examples of implementing a portfolio system would be carrying out self-reflection activities such a diary of every session to make students aware of what they are learning, why they are learning it and the difficulties they may have.
Council of Europe. “European Languages Portfolio”. Retrieved from: https://www.coe.int/en/web/portfolio
Harmer, Jeremy (2007). The Practice of English language Teaching. Fourth Edition. Pearson, Longman.