Why was the European Language Portfolio introduced?

 The Council of Europe introduced the European Language Portfolio as a means of helping language learners to:

  • Keep track of their language learning as it happens – set learning targets, monitor their progress, and regularly assess the results of their learning
  • Record their language learning achievements and their experience of using other languages and encountering other cultures

In this way the European Language Portfolio

  • Helps to develop language learning and intercultural skills
  • Facilitates educational and vocational mobility
  • Encourages lifelong learning of languages
  • Contributes to the promotion of democratic citizenship in Europe
For all ages in many different countries

Versions of the European Language Portfolio have been developed for language learners of all ages in all sectors of education – pre-school, primary, lower secondary, upper secondary, vocational, university, adult – in a large number of Council of Europe member states. Transnational versions have also been developed by several International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs).

A standard version of the Language Passport is recommended for use in European Language Portfolios designed for adults.

A shorter version of the Language Passport is part of the European Union’s Europass, which citizens can use to report their educational qualifications, professional experience and achievements.

 Europass website: europass.cedefop.europa.int

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