Languages in the primary school.

Supporting transition

Languages Portfolio

The European Language Portfolio (ELP) for Scottish primary pupils has been developed by SCILT and is registered with the Council of Europe. Managed and organised by learners themselves, the Scottish ELP can:

  • encourage learners to reflect on and make decisions about their own learning
  • facilitate evidence gathering and inform profiles
  • share information at times of transition and/or reporting
  • support the 1+2 Approach by allowing learners to transfer their skills across additional languages
  • celebrate wider achievement and learning experiences that take place in and out of the classroom

The Scottish ELP reflects the standards and expectations of CfE, whilst simultaneously benchmarking learning against the Common European Framework. In this way, pupils can see that their language learning corresponds to that of their counterparts of the same age across Europe. 

My European Language Portfolio digital format

The Language Biography encourages pupils to think about and celebrate the languages they experience outside the classroom, at home, in the community or whilst on holiday. It also helps them reflect on their own learning. 

The Language Dossier helps pupils to organise and gather the evidence of what they can do, say, write or make and encourages them to record the skills they feel that they have developed.

The Languages Passport encourages pupils to track their progress and identify their next steps.  It includes a page where the teacher can make a holistic comment about how much and how far pupils have developed their learning. 

The Teacher's Guide (PDF) provides the full rationale for using this model as well as helpful information on each section.

PDF and Word versions of the Portfolio are also available:

My European Language Portfolio (Word)

My European Language Portfolio (PDF)

Research-based evidence and practitioner enquiry

The Scottish Languages Review
University of Strathclyde Education Scotland British Council Scotland The Scottish Government
SCILT - Scotlands National centre for Languages