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Events and news

Upcoming events


Jun 2022

FIPLV World Congress of Modern Languages “Language education in the times of global change: The need for collaboration and new perspectives”
Presentation of the VITbox project
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Plurilingual education: pluralistic approaches to languages and cultures. A didactic tool for integrated plurilingual and intercultural education (FREPA) - dates to be confirmed
ECML training and consultancy for member States
Training workshop
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Jul 2022

Inspiring innovation in European language teacher education
Summer Academy for teacher educators working in the field of languages
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Recent publications

Dedicated webpage

Resource of the month

Inspiring language learning in the early years : Why it matters and what it looks like for children age 3-12

This website is packed with resources and strategies for pre-primary and primary teachers and educators to help young children to develop their linguistic and intercultural competences. These take account of the linguistic repertoires of children – the different languages they encounter at home, at school and in society – so that they can engage successfully with linguistic and cultural diversity.

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All ECML publications can be
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Multilingual glossary
of key terms
in language education

An overview of key terms, definitions and references used in ECML projects since 2012.
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ECML Programme

Programme 2020-2023
Inspiring innovation in language education: changing contexts, evolving competences

This programme has been developed in direct response to identified language education priorities in ECML member states. Moreover, it is clearly situated within the context of wider Council of Europe priorities in education, in particular inclusive approaches to education and education for democratic citizenship, where the development of linguistic and intercultural competences plays a key role.

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Programme 2016-2019
Languages at the heart of learning

Download the resource catalogue of the 2016-2019 programme

PDF in English - French

Evaluation of the 2016-2019 ECML programme

In the course of 2021, the ECML carried out an in-depth evaluation of its 5th medium-term programme,” Languages at the heart of learning”, which ran for four years from 2016-2019.  The findings provide substantial evidence of the positive impact of the programme – of the relevance of the themes addressed, of the quality and usefulness of the project resources, of extensive outreach and follow-up activities, and of the beneficial influence at individual, institutional and national levels.

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ECML-European commission initiatives

Innovative methodologies and assessment in language learning

A Cooperation agreement between the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe and the DG Education and Culture of the European Commission. Find out more...

This action involves two initiatives:

Initiative “The future of language education in the light of Covid – lessons learned and ways forward"

Organised jointly with the Professional Network Forum and the European Commission

The initiative explores how the ongoing Covid pandemic has affected language education, and at ways in which the skills and insights gained may bring about beneficial lasting changes in the teaching and learning of languages.
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About the ECML

Member states of the ECML

Austria: host country of the ECML

To support the work of the ECML, the host country has established the Austrian Association of the ECML, which operates as the interface between the Council of Europe and the Austrian authorities.

Visiting the ECML
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ECML documents




25th Anniversary declaration

"Quality language education for a democratic, socially cohesive and peaceful Europe: nine ECML cornerstones" 
Available in many languages

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2016-2019 Programme highlights

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Professional Network Forum

The Professional Network Forum is formed of international associations and institutions that share common values and have overlapping expertise in the field of language education and assessment. Read more