Portfolio http://www.coe.int/T/DG4/Portfolio/?L=E&M=/main_pages/introductio... Language Site | Français | Home Introduction Validated models Documentation Levels Data bank of What is a European Language Portfolio? descriptors Common elements It is a document in which those who are learning or have learned a language - whether at school or outside school - can record and reflect on their language learning and cultural Templates experiences. Procedure for validation The portfolio contains a language passport which its owner regularly updates. A grid is provided where his/her language competences can be described according to common Events criteria accepted throughout Europe and which can serve as a complement to customary CEFR and related certificates. The document also contains a detailed language biography describing the documents owner's experiences in each language and which is designed to guide the learner in Material illustrating planning and assessing progress. Finally, there is a dossier where examples of personal the CEFR levels work can be kept to illustrate one's language competences. Contact Us 3 Parts of a Portfolio Aims and functions of a European Language Portfolio The European Language Portfolio project has two main aims: a) to motivate learners by acknowledging their efforts to extend and diversify their language skills at all levels; b) 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). Points a) and b) refer to the two basic functions of the European Language Portfolio: a) The pedagogic function · Enhance the motivation of the learners - to improve their ability to communicative in different languages - to learn additional languages - to seek new intercultural experiences · Incite and help learners to - reflect their objectives, ways of learning and success in language learning - plan their learning - learn autonomously · Encourage learners to enhance their plurilingual and intercultural experience, for example through - contacts and visits - reading - use of the media - projects b) The documentation and reporting function The European Language Portfolio aims to document its holder's plurilingual language proficiency and experiences in other languages in a comprehensive, informative, transparent and reliable way. The instruments contained in the ELP help learners to take stock of the levels of competence they have reached in their learning of one or several foreign languages in order to enable them to inform others in a detailed and 1 of 3 15/06/2010 06:02 a.m. Portfolio http://www.coe.int/T/DG4/Portfolio/?L=E&M=/main_pages/introductio... internationally comparable manner. There are many occasions to present a Language Portfolio which is up to date, for example a transfer to another school, change to a higher educational sector, the beginning of a language course, a meeting with a career advisor, or an application for a new post. In these cases the ELP is addressed to persons who have a role in decisions which are important for the owner of the Language Portfolio. A learner may also be interested in having such documentation for him-/herself. Principles All competence is valued, regardless whether gained inside or outside of formal education. - The European Language Portfolio is the property of the learner. - It is linked to the Common European Framework of reference for Languages. - A set of common principles ad guidelines have been agreed for all Portfolios. Recommendation N° R (98) 6 of the Committee of Ministers to Member States concerning Modern Languages recommends among other measures the development and use by learners of a personal document (European Language Portfolio) to record their qualifications and other significant linguistic and cultural experiences in an internationally transparent manner as part of an effort to extend and diversify language learning at all levels in a lifelong perspective. The Ministers of Education of all the member States of the Council of Europe have recommended that governments, in keeping with their education policy, support the introduction of a European Language Portfolio. Resolution on the European Language Portfolio (adopted at the 20th Session of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education of the Council of Europe, Cracow, Poland, 15-17 October 2000) The European Ministers of Education, meeting in Cracow for the 20th session of their Standing Conference, CONSIDERING: - the conclusions and recommendations of the 19th Session of the Standing Conference of the European Ministers of Education; - Recommendation No. R (98) 6 of the Committee of Ministers to Member States concerning Modern Languages; - Recommendation 1383 (1998) of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on Linguistic Diversification; - the encouraging results of the PILOT PROJECTS conducted in 15 member States in an initial pilot phase (1998 to 2000) in order to explore the practical potential, feasibility and effects of a European Language Portfolio. RECOMMEND THAT: The Governments of member states, in harmony with their education policies: 1. implement or create conditions favorable for the implementation and wide use of the ELP according to the Principles and Guidelines laid down by the Education Committee; 2. Where it is decided to introduce the ELP, they: 2.1. ask a competent body (such as a national committee) to examine ELP models for compulsory education, to establish whether they meet the agreed criteria, and to forward them with a recommendation to the European Validation Committee; 2.2. ask the competent body to monitor compliance with the Principles and Guidelines at the national, regional, local level; 2.3. create conditions to enable learners to use ELPs throughout formal and informal education; 2.4. assist teachers in the effective use of the ELP through appropriate training programmes and support; 2.5. take steps to ensure that an ELP is acknowledged as a valid record of competence regardless of its country, region, sector or institution of origin; 2.6. facilitate co-operation between education institutions and other relevant agencies at all levels, be they public or private, with a view to the harmonious development and implementation of ELPs; 2.7. monitor the dissemination and impact of the ELP and report the findings to the 2 of 3 15/06/2010 06:02 a.m.