(The European Language Portfolio for Adults Learners, ELP)
The European Language Portfolio is a document of the Council of Europe and has been developed jointly by ALTE (Association of Language Testers in Europe) and EAQUALS (The European Association for Quality Language Services) for adult learners. The European Language Portfolio project has two main aims: to motivate learners by acknowledging their efforts to extend and diversify their language skills at all levels and to provide a record of the linguistic and cultural skills they have acquired. The standards are based on the recommendations of the Council of Europe and are defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. It consists of three parts – a Passport, a Language Biography and a Dossier and represents a profile which enables users to monitor their own progress, evident data about the languages they speak, record achieved levels and compare language skills in different languages.
The Portfolio is of a great interest to educational institutions which can use it for monitoring educational programmes, motivating and assessing the knowledge of users, or to experts that deal with human resources in companies, state and public institutions and employment offices. The Portfolio is a document which gives employers an insight into the language competence of the person they wish to employ and it also defines language skills needed for a specific position.
I can give personal information, write sentences about myself, fill in a questionnaire with my personal details, say when I don’t understand, introduce somebody and use basic greetings and leave-taking expressions. I can handle numbers, quantities, cost and time. I can understand words and phrases on signs encountered in everyday life and understand most important orders in a computer programme.
I can describe myself, my hobbies and interests, my family and other people, where I live and give short basic descriptions of events. I can understand short narratives and advertisements in newspapers, make simple transactions in shops, post offices and banks, order something to drink or eat, make and answer calls. I can write short, simple notes and messages and describe events in simple sentences.
I can narrate a story, give detailed accounts of experiences, describing feelings and reactions, explain and give reasons for my plans, intentions and actions. I can express myself reasonably accurately in familiar, predictable situations. I can understand the main points in short newspaper articles, simple messages and standard letters. I can start, maintain and close a simple face-to-face conversation and write simple texts on topics within my field of interest. .
I can give clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects related to my fields of interest, and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options. I can pass on detailed information reliably and communicate with reasonable accuracy. I can understand in detail texts within my field of interest and write clear, detailed texts on various topics related to my field of interest.
I can give clear, detailed descriptions of complex subjects and relate own contribution skilfully to those of other speakers. I can express myself fluently and spontaneously, almost effortlessly and keep up with animated conversations between native speakers. I can maintain a high degree of grammatical accurately; errors are rare and difficult to spot. I can understand fairly long demanding texts and summarize them orally and I can express myself in writing on a wide range of general or professional topics.
I can express myself naturally and effortlessly and have a good command of idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms. I can recognize plays on words, irony and satire, understand texts written in a very colloquial style and containing many idiomatic expressions and slang. I can understand manuals, regulations, contracts and contemporary and classical literary texts. I can write well-structured reports and articles on complex topics.