In addition to its reference library focusing on the methodology of language education
visitors to the ECML can access the following special collections:
European Language Portfolios
The Council of Europe introduced the European Language Portfolio as a means of helping
language learners to keep track of their language learning as it happens and to record their
achievements and experience of using other languages and encountering other cultures.
The ELP aims to foster the development of learner autonomy, intercultural awareness and
plurilingualism. The ECML resource centre hosts a collection of over 80 ELPs validated by
the Council of Europe, probably the largest collection in existence.
Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
The result of over twenty years of research, the Common
European Framework of Reference for Languages:
Learning, teaching, assessment (CEFR) 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 throughout Europe but also in other continents
– a collection of the CEFR in 39 languages, together with supporting publications and
materials, is hosted in the ECML resource centre.
The John Trim Collection
The collection, consisting of over 3000 resources, reflects John Trim’s groundbreaking work
with the Council Europe on language education between 1971 – 97. Under John’s guidance
the Council of Europe’s work became the single most influential factor in the reforms in
course design, textbook authorship, testing and examinations, and teacher training that
occurred throughout Europe. Among many highlights of the collection are the studies
related to the development of the Threshold Levels and the Common European Framework
of Reference. The collection represents a potential treasure trove for researchers!