The John Trim Collection

Mr Trim donated his personal collection of books and documents relating to his lifetime’s work on languages to the documentation and resource centre of the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) in 2004. He personally inaugurated the collection, on 16 September 2005 during celebrations for the ECML’s 10th Anniversary.

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John Trim is an expert in the field of phonetics, linguistics, language didactics and policy. He was director of the Council of Europe’s Modern Languages Projects from 1971 to 1997, overseeing developments ranging from the Threshold Level to the Common European Framework of Reference.

After his graduation in German, John Trim occupied several positions in the field of university education and research. He notably taught phonetics and set up the Department of Linguistics at Cambridge University, lectured and conducted seminars in some 40 countries, and acted as director of CILT (Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research) in the United Kingdom.

Concerning his involvement in professional associations, Mr. Trim was, among others, president of BAAL (British Association for Applied Linguistics), vice-president of AILA (International Association of Applied Linguistics) and is an honorary member of AILA and ALL (Association for Language Learning). He is an Officier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques (France) and holds honorary doctorates from the Universities of Dublin, Prague, Wolverhampton and Oulu. He is the author of numerous published books and articles.



The John Trim collection consists of more than 3200 resources, notably;

  • documentation on the work of the Council of Europe conducted between 1971 and 1997, especially of the Modern Languages Projects (congress proceedings, studies, workshop reports)

  • studies related to the development of the Threshold Levels and the Common European Framework of Reference

  • pedagogical resources on: teacher training, linguistics, psychology, psycholinguistics, sociology, sociolinguistics, translation, language education, foreign language teaching, learner oriented teaching, language learning, language for specific purposes, language education and technology, teaching resources

Thematic bibliographies

E.1. Reference   E.9. Language education
E.2. International cooperation   E.10. Foreign language teaching  
E.3. Linguistics   E.11. Language orientated teaching
E.4. Psychology   E.12. Foreign language teacher
E.5. Psycholinguistics   E.13. Foreign language learning  
E.6. Sociology   E.14. Languages for specific purposes
E.7. Sociolinguistics   E.15. Language education and technology
E.8. Translation studies   E.16. Teaching resources 

Online catalogue

The Council of Europe online catalogue provides bibliographical records on the different library collections, including those of the ECML.

Access the ECML online catalogue

Choose the "John Trim Collection (ECML)" in the library field.

John Trim Classification

Search strategies, classification system, descriptors and keywords used for the John Trim Collection (bilingual English/ French)

General information about the online catalogue