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This section contains all publications produced to date by the ECML. The publications can  be downloaded free of charge in pdf format from the 'details' page of each publication.
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Language skills for successful subject learning - CEFR-linked descriptors for mathematics and history/civics
Marita Härmälä, Paula Lee Kristmanson, Eli Moe, José Pascoal, Meiluté Ramoniené

Publication year: 2015

These resources highlight challenges for young learners in subject classes where the language of instruction is not their first language. The focus is on minimum language standards in history/civics and mathematics for learners aged 12/13 and 15/16. The language descriptors are linked to CEFR levels A2, B1 and B2 and available in six languages.


Languages: English, French

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A pluriliteracies approach to teaching for learning
Do Coyle, Ana Halbach, Oliver Meyer, Kevin Schuck, Teresa Ting

Publication year: 2015

A pluriliteracies approach builds on CLIL approaches to help learners become better meaning-makers, who can draw on content knowledge to communicate successfully across languages, disciplines and cultures. In this way it promotes deep learning and helps develop responsible, global citizens.


Languages: English

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Collaborative community approach to migrant education - A virtual open course for educators
Ruth Garcia Carrasco, Vicky Macleroy, Roula Tsokalidou, Andrea Young

Publication year: 2015

The resources offer innovative ways to enhance young migrants’ education by developing links between schools, the home and local partners in education. This educational joint venture develops the learners’ skills in the language of schooling as well as their plurilingual competences.


Languages: English, French

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Empowering language networks - Tools for mediating ECML resources
Nadezhda Doychinova, Sigurborg Jónsdóttir, Terry Lamb, Daniel Xerri

Publication year: 2015

The LACS network mediates between ECML projects and language teacher associations and other networks at regional and national levels. Its purpose is to raise awareness of existing ECML projects and resources, and to motivate teachers and others involved in language education to adapt these to their local environment, in order to facilitate widespread impact on learning and teaching.


Languages: English, German

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Sign languages and the Common European Framework of References for Languages: Descriptors and approaches to assessment
Tobias Haug, Lorraine Leeson, Christian Rathmann, Beppie Van den Bogaerde

Publication year: 2015

This resource establishes European standards for sign languages for professional purposes in line with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and provides an overview of assessment descriptors and approaches.

Languages: Czech, English, German, Estonian, Icelandic

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Glossary – ECML programme 2008-2011 Empowering language professionals” | Centre européen pour les langues vivantes (CELV) du Conseil de l’Europe, Glossaire – Programme 2008-2011 du CELV “Valoriser les professionnels en langues” | Europäisches Fremdsprache
ECML / CELV

Publication year: 2013

2008-2011 programme of activities of the ECML “Empowering language professionals: competences – networks – impact – quality”: Glossary of English, French and German terms, definitions applying to the individual project contexts, examples and references, and comments.

Languages: English, English

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Pathways through assessing, learning and teaching in the CEFR
Marie Berchoud, Tiziana Cignatta, Olivier Mentz, Malgorzata Pamula, Enrica Piccardo

Publication year: 2011

"Pathways" - guide and kit - aims at supporting ownership and contextualization of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The guide provides a user-friendly tool for accessing the ‘nitty gritty’ of the CEFR. The kit assists teacher educators in devising training paths for understanding the principles of the CEFR and for envisaging links with classroom practice.

Languages: English, French

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The European Language Portfolio A guide to the planning, implementation and evaluation of whole-school projects
David Little

Publication year: 2011

The guide explains how to use the European Language Portfolio to support the learning and teaching of all foreign languages at all levels in a school. Case studies carried out in ten countries illustrate different approaches to ELP use.

Languages: French, English, Slovak

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E-VOLLution: Exploring cutting edge applications of networked technologies in Vocationally Oriented Language Learning
Anthony Fitzpatrick, Robert O'Dowd

Publication year: 2011

The website and publication are targeted at teachers and teacher-trainers in VOLL (Vocationally Oriented Language Learning). They explain the background to the different aspects of ICT inVOLL, describe the steps involved in carrying out various ICT-based activities and provide practical examples and links to case studies on the VOLL website.

Languages: English

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Relating language examinations to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment (CEFR) Highlights from the Manual
Jana Bérešová, Gilles Breton, José Noijons, Gábor Szabó

Publication year: 2011

The publication offers an introduction to linking examinations to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages in a valid way.The highlights are targeted at producers of language examinations, who are less familiar with psychometric procedures and who are not (yet) assessment experts.The texts in the publication originate from the "Manual for linking examinations to the CEFR" (a publication of the Language Policy Division of the Council of Europe).

Languages: English, French

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CLIL-LOTE-START – Content and language integrated learning for languages other than English – Getting started!: Information brochure and interactive web portal: Case example German as a foreign language
Katalin Árkossy, Clarisse Costa Afonso, Kim Haataja, Rolf Kruczinna

Publication year: 2011

The publication provides insights into different forms and ways of putting into practice content and language integrated learning (CLIL) in primary and secondary education, pre- and in-service teacher education, as well as in the field of research and school development. It promotes the CLIL approach to a wider target public, beyond the area of specialists.

Languages: German, English

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European Framework for CLIL Teacher Education
María Jesús Frigols Martín, David Marsh, Peeter Mehisto, Dieter Wolff

Publication year: 2011

The European Framework for CLILTeacher Education provides a set of principles and ideas for designing curricula for professional teacher development in the area of content and language integrated learning (CLIL). Additionally, the framework serves as a tool for reflection.

Languages: English, German, French, Serbian

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ALC – Across languages and cultures
Michel Candelier

Publication year: 2007

Across languages and cultures – a major theoretical framework for plural approaches to learning languages and cultures – language learning in which more than one language (in addition to the learner’s first language) is involved. The Framework explains the conceptual justification for the approach, and includes descriptors of the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to implement didactic approaches to it – awakening to languages, inter-comprehension and integrated didactics.

Languages: English, French, German, Hungarian

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Facing the future: language educators across Europe
Frank Heyworth

Publication year: 2004

A key question in this study of future needs for teacher education is the exploration of the need for innovation.

Languages: English, French

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Cultural mediation and language learning and teaching
Geneviève Zarate

Publication year: 2004

This training project for learning about research through research brought together representatives from over twenty-five of the ECML member countries. Its results are contained in a publication and a set of recommendations addressed to policy makers, is the introduction of cultural mediation into the debate on language didactics. Whereas most innovations in language didactics appear in the form of new teaching tools, the Cultural mediation in language learning and teaching project chose to follow a new path by adopting a "learning by doing" approach to research.

Languages: English, French

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Web literacy
Bernard Moro

Publication year: 2003

The essential problem for a teacher using the web is how to retain the information he/she has come across and assessed as valuable for his/her students.

Languages: English

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Helping learners learn: Exploring strategy instruction in language classrooms around Europe
Vee Harris

Publication year: 2001

Helping learners learn: Exploring strategy instruction in language classrooms across Europe is the second joint publication of the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) in Graz, Austria, and the Modern Languages Division in Strasbourg, France, and as such reflects the synergy between each whereby the ECML activities support the implementation of policy developed through the projects of the Modern Languages Division in Strasbourg. The study, co-ordinated by Vee Harris, is the result of a research network established during the initial workshop in Graz in 1998 in co-operation with the Modern Languages Division of the Council of Europe and is indicative of the active emphasis placed on follow-up work by the ECML and the Modern Languages Division.

Languages: English, French

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