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Upcoming events

Webinar "Exploring the potential of action research in language education: Opportunities and challenges in local and global contexts"

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May 2024

Enhancing language learning and teaching through Action Research Communities for language teachers
Webinar 17:00-18:00 CET
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May 2024

Language for work
ECML training and consultancy for member States
Training workshop
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31 - 01
May   Jun
Enhancing language learning and teaching through Action Research Communities for language teachers
ECML training and consultancy for member States
Training workshop (online)
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ECML Conference 13-14 December 2023
Inspiring innovation in language education:
changing contexts, evolving competences

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Recent publications

Rethinking language education after the experience of Covid - Final report

Available in English and French

This new publication from April 2023 offers both a timely reflection on the challenges faced and the approaches developed over the course of the pandemic and a look into the future 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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Latest addition to the ICT-REV inventory

Playphrase (Tool to find the pronunciation of words from movies )

Playphrase is a tool that searches specific words or phrases out of movie snippets from a database of audiovisual media with over 60,000 phrases in different languages. In this manner, it provides real-life examples of words’ and sentences’ pronunciation. Users just have to type specific phrases, watch them being used naturally in context within popular movies and TV shows, and listen to their pronunciation. Playphrase works in English, French, Japanese, Italian, German, and Spanish. Playphrase is free to use and does not require setting up an account for use. ... View details

Lara's journey through Europe’s regional and minority languages

In this chapter of her journey, Lara explores the fascinating world of regional and minority languages along with some of Europe’s other linguistic treasures! 

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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 2024-2027
Language education at the heart of democracy

(2022)1 on the importance of plurilingual and intercultural education for democratic culture provides the overarching framework for the ECML’s 7th medium-term programme, “Language education at the heart of democracy”. This first ever holistic Recommendation, embracing all languages, all sectors and wider society, reinforces the role of quality language education in equipping learners to become autonomous social agents, actively engaged in strengthening our democracies. 

With its unique position at the interface between policy, research, teacher education and classroom practice, the new ECML programme will focus primarily on activities to support and further develop the wellbeing, resilience and competences of all those working in the field, so that they in turn can empower their learners.  In this way, it aims to transform language education into a vibrant force at the core of democratic ideals.

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

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ECML resources of the 2020-2023 programme

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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


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 three initiatives:

Additionally, the action supports the organization of a series of other events:

Colloquium 7 November 2023: Regional and minority languages within a plurilingual context

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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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Inspiring Innovation in European Language Teacher Education
Summer Academy for teacher educators working in the field of languages

The call for the 3rd ECML Summer academy was launched in February and is open until 22 April 2024

For inquiries related to application, please contact the National Nominating Authority of your country.

View the draft programme here.

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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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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

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