Learning outcomes 

On completion of the course the successful student will be able to

  • describe the structure and aims of the European Language Portfolio (ELP)
  • apply it as a pedagogical and documentative tool, as well as an instrument of assessment and self-assessment in early language education
  • design and implement the ELP for selected learners in practice.

Multilingualism, multiculturalism and key issues related to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and the European Language Portfolio (ELP). National ELP versions. Levels of language proficiency. Self-assessment and assessment of language proficiency. ELP-oriented pedagogy.

Modes of study 

Lectures 8 h, seminars 12 h, study circle assignment 10 h, team assignments and activities 60 h, and independent work 25h, course report 20.

Study materials 

Materials are available on the webpages of European Language Portfolio, Council of Europe (https://www.coe.int/fr/web/portfolio). Other materials delivered during contact teaching.

Evaluation criteria 

Active participation in contact lectures, seminars, team assignments and activities: fail/pass; structured course report: 0–5.


Spring semester.

Offering data 

This course is primarily aimed at students in the Master's Degree Programme in Early Language Education for Intercultural Communication (ELEIC) and students with the right to study for the minor subject Teaching Foreign Languages to Young Learners (TeFoLa). If there is room after the enrollment of these students, Finnish teacher students and exchange students of the Philosophical Faculty may also enrol. Among them, priority will be given to students of the School of Applied Educational Science and Teacher Education.



Further information 

Language of tuition: English.