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CEFR & LP SIG on Language Portfolio

 The language portfolio in a tool for foreign language education. A core concept of the CEFR is the learner as social agent and language learning a life long process. The European Language Portfolio (ELP) was promoted from the beginning. On this page you will find information related to the language portfolio and its use and implementation in various learning and teaching contexts. 


For the Language Portfolio for Japanese University (pdf downloads) please scroll down!


 Link zur AKS Arbeitsgruppe Sprachenportfolio


 Language Portfolio Roundtable Talk -  working group



the European Language Portfolio (ELP)

- Looking forward


Portfolio related events

 Language Portfolio Roundtable Talk -  working group - 6th meeting

Spring 2023

is actually in the planning stage

You are welcome. To sign up please use the following link: Roundtable Talk Signup form


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  The working group 5th meeting of the Language Portfolio Roundtable Talk was held on October 29th, 2022 from 3:30 pm to 5 pm, online.

 Presenter: Kathleen Mitchell, Fergus O’Dwyer & Laoise Sutton (Marino Institute of Education)

Theme: Reflective ePortfolio practices to facilitate effective self-regulation

in an English for Academic Purposes module

Kathleen Mitchell, Fergus O’Dwyer & Laoise Sutton (Marino Institute of Education)

Reflective ePortfolio practices to facilitate effective self-regulation

in an English for Academic Purposes module

Actual planning stage: As the e-portfolio is taking more ground, we are planning to invite speakers with a action oriented case study on the implementation of an e-portfolio in an European context. The presentation will be available beforehand and we will see the presentation in the beginning. At 4 pm the presenters will join and we will be able to discuss the study. Details are coming soon. 

The meeting will give as well an opportunity to share and exchange on portfolio implementations.


This presentation examines student reflective practices in the compilation of an ePortfolio on an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) module as part of a Foundation programme in an Irish tertiary institution. The aim of these digital teaching and learning strategies is to provide students with greater personal choice, innovation and ownership of their learning.

Over 100 EAP students output various products in the year-long module including research essays, seminar discussions, presentations, reading, writing and listening exams. Learners are free to design and select their content which includes, but is not limited to, multimedia podcasts and videos prepared alone or with peers, evidence of the process and peer-reviewed writing drafts and final submissions, reactions to lecturer feedback, reflective journal entries, and personal blogs or vlogs.

End-of-course questionnaires and reflective journal entries are examined with data analysis focusing on the affective aspects of the process (e.g., how they contribute to future academic development). This is followed up by focus group sessions with selected learners to review their portfolio content and their feelings about the process in general. Analysis shows that the reflective practices have a positive influence on learners’ levels of self-regulation in writing. The reflection improves academic skills like effective implementation of learning and time management strategies, appropriate response to academic expectations and requirements, ultimately nurturing autonomous and strategic learners by enhancing levels of self-direction and self-awareness. The ePortfolio is central to closing (and restarting) the loop in an iterative learning cycle of self-assessment, goal-setting, action (e.g. essay writing) and reflection, couched within an action-oriented approach (North & Piccardo 2019).

Our conclusion will discuss implications about the effectiveness of reflective ePortfolio processes, and will look forward to how current practices can be modified and adapted to suit individual learner needs.

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 Working group - 4th meeting of the working group held on June 4th, 2022 from 3 pm to 5 pm. 

Theme: Towards the e-portfolio

We will read in preparation the article Is a self-regulatory eELP the way forward? A reflection on two decades of achievements and failures of the ELP from Maria José Luelmo del Castillo (Rey Juan Carlos University) & Maria Luisa Pérez Cavana (Open University), CEFR Journal - Research and Practice, Volume  3 (October 2021), page 6-20, available at this homepage.

The fourth meeting continued the inspiring and engaging exchange. 

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 Sharing experience using a language portfolio in each context. Discussion and planning.


  Working group - 3rd meeting held on March 2nd, 2022 (Wed) from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Theme: The language portfolio and learner autonomy

The report is coming soon. You will find it in Newsletter #34 (April 2022)

Working group -  2nd meeting held on January 29th, 2022 from 2 to 4 pm

Theme: Forms of feedback and how to support peer-feedback. 


The report is in preparation.

Working group - 1st meeting October 23rd, 2021 from 2 to 4 pm

First meeting with introducing the experience with the language portfolio so far. Sharing experience using a language portfolio in each context. Discussion and planning. 

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Language Portfolio for Japanese University


The bilingual (English/Japanese) "Language Portfolio for Japanese University" (LP) is based on the CercleS ELP ( 

The Language Portfolio for Japanese University is available click here (pdf format; 18 pages), 

- Along with an Appendix for Language Portfolio for Japanese Universities click here, with checklists in English for each skill and level (Japanese translations provided; pdf format), 

- A teacher manual is available: Teacher Manual click here, (pdf format)

- A version of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) in English (see CoE for CEFR 2001, CEFR/CV 2018 and CEFR/CV 2020) and Japanese

(for printing use/see page 8 of the Language Portfolio).

- If you are interested in separate documents (both MS Word and pdf formats), plus the complete portfolio and appendix in MS Word format) please contact us.


You maybe interested in reading this paper which deals with use of the LP in classes in a Japanese university.

Please note that this Language Portfolio, with a basic design, is open to improvement. Please let us know your feedback in order to improve and create a better version. Volunteering to implement changes is an option.


JALT CEFR & Language Portfolio SIG (former Framework & Language Portfolio SIG)



(Updated on February 6th, 2023 MGS)

This online toolkit is supported by KAKEN Grant-in-Aid project no. 20K00759, no. 19K00808 and no. 16K02835 and aims to support teachers of all foreign languages in Japan in using the CEFR and CEFR/CV efficiently.