Together the 9 projects address the following key themes: formative assessment in early language learning and for newly arrived migrant children, languages in support of digital citizenship and other transversal skills, the CEFR Companion Volume and linguistic mediation, CLIL in languages other than English, neighbouring languages in cross-border vocational training, teacher competences for pluralistic approaches.
For support in national contexts within the ECML’s Training and consultancy activities, member states can choose from the following 12 areas:
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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:
Council of Europe
Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
Plurilingual and intercultural education
European Language Portfolio (ELP)
European Charter for
Regional or Minority
of adult migrants
for adult refugees
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.
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Languages at the heart of learning: 25 years of inspiring innovation
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ECML Webinar "How to ensure that languages flourish in your school" (12 October 2020): register until 9 October!
Action research communities for language teachers: new ECML resource website for teacher development and quality inclusive language education
26 September: The European Day of Languages - Statement by Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić
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It is with immense sadness that we have learned of the death of Francis Goullier after a long illness. Francis was a pillar of language education at the Council of Europe and the perfect mediator between Strasbourg and Graz, enriching ECML projects with the breadth of his experience in language policy.
Modest, self-effacing and altruistic, he had a wonderful gift for acknowledging and valuing different contexts, voices and pedagogic traditions and for drawing on these to develop European responses to challenges in language education, imbued with the values of the Council of Europe.
Although Francis’ contributions are far too numerous to mention here, we would like to highlight the chapter he wrote on the languages of schooling for the ECML 25th Anniversary Publication “Changing contexts, evolving competences: 25 years of inspiring innovation in language education”, not only because this is probably the last piece he produced for the Council of Europe, but because it embodies his enduring commitment to social justice and democratic citizenship. A teacher at heart, he cared passionately about learners, reminding us all of our duty as educators to give them every chance of academic success.
As a small gesture of our gratitude, we have posthumously dedicated the 25th Anniversary Publication to Francis, who was involved with the ECML from its very early days.
Our most sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. He will be sorely missed.
Are you a parent struggling to find motivating activities to support your child’s language development at home? Or a language teacher adapting your pedagogy to online delivery? Perhaps you are a student, who would like to use this opportunity to have some fun while working on your language skills? If so, the new ECML treasure chest is for you.
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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.
The resource website promotes effective
language learning by supporting teachers
and other language education professionals in
their use of the Common European Framework
of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
This publication celebrates a momentous stage in the history of the European Centre for Modern Languages: its 25th anniversary. Its central aims are to review and showcase the achievements of the ECML, as reflected in its many projects and publications, and to put its achievements in the context of the broader work of the Council of Europe.
This publication offers a fascinating journey through the world of international language education over a quarter of a century, seen from the perspective of one of its main actors, the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe.
Demographic, political and technological changes in society combined with globalisation have dramatically reshaped the educational landscape in Europe in the past 25 years. As a result, the language-related expectations and challenges within national education systems have significantly evolved.
The publication which focuses on the role and achievements of the ECML in this context, includes contributions from international experts working at the cutting edge of language education as well as testimonials from stakeholders responsible for supporting and implementing innovative approaches to language education around Europe.
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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