Our school wants to be part of the project called European Language Portfolio (ELP), because we believe it will be very positive for students, parents and teachers and we will approach the teaching of other languages from a different and much more beneficial perspective to the entire school community.
In this blog post we will explain what Portfolio is and in later posts we will be adding more information to clarify some of the concepts that are part of this European project of languages.
WHAT IS ELP?
The European Language Portfolio (ELP) is a project, together with the Common European Framework of Reference, which is part of the language policy of the Council of Europe and has the following objectives:
-Protect and develop the cultural heritage and diversity of Europe as a source of mutual enrichment.
-Facilitate the mobility of citizens as well as the exchange of ideas.
-Develop an approach to the teaching of languages based on common principles.
In the educational context, The European Language Portfolio is a personal document of a learner. In this document learners of all ages can record their language learning and cultural experiences al school or outside school.
- The pedagogical objectives of the European Language Portfolio are to:
– motivate learners to strengthen their linguistic and intercultural competences at all levels;
– present their levels of linguistic competences and intercultural
experiences. at school or outside school.
– Upgrade self-evaluation, which implies, once again, greater responsibility of the student for their own learning and, therefore, greater autonomy.
The two main functions of the European Language Portfolio are:
• The pedagogical function which makes the language learning process
more transparent to learners helping them to develop their capacity
for reflection and self-assessment and thus enabling them gradually to
assume responsibility for their own learning;
• The reporting function which keeps track of the knowledge acquired in
the school system, within the non-formal education, as well as personal
There is not a single ELP portfolio – there’s a huge variety of different portfolios made for different languages and different target and age groups.
As for its physical configuration, it is structured in a modular way in three parts:Language passport, Language biography and Dossier .
• provides a general picture of your competences in different languages at the time. Your skills are presented according to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages of the Council of Europe;
• includes official certificates and evidence of linguistic competence, intercultural experiences and experiences in language learning;
• contains information on individual and specific competence;
• enables self-evaluation of your competences and skills.
• allows you to participate in planning your own learning, in thinking about your learning and evaluating your progress;
• encourage you to discover what you know in any of the languages, as well as to list your linguistic and intercultural experiences acquired in school and out of it;
• it is structured in line with the idea of promoting plurilinguism.
Dossier enables you to make a collection of variuos items of your personal work and certificates and diplomas which illustrate your competences stated in the Language Biography or Passport.