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    CEFR and ELP

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and European Language Portfolio (ELP) 

With the focus on the learner, the learning process and learning outcomes, these key reference instruments of the Council of Europe have contributed to better quality language education across Europe and beyond.


Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment (CEFR) is exactly what its title says it is: a framework of reference. It was designed to provide a transparent, coherent and comprehensive basis for the elaboration of language syllabuses and curriculum guidelines, the design of teaching and learning materials, and the assessment of foreign language proficiency. It is used in Europe but also in other continents and is now available in 40 languages.
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European Language Portfolio

The European Language Portfolio (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 is designed to mediate to learners, teachers and schools, and other stakeholders the ethos that underpins the CEFR: respect for linguistic and cultural diversity, mutual understanding beyond national, institutional and social boundaries, the promotion of plurilingual and intercultural education, and the development of the autonomy of the individual citizen.

The ECML hosts a dedicated website for the ELP to promote the pedagogical benefits of this instrument and to facilitate its use in practice. 
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