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The ECML is a unique institution whose mission is to encourage excellence and innovation in language teaching and to help Europeans learn languages more efficiently. Our vision: A Europe committed to linguistic and cultural diversity... Find out more about the ECML

European Day of Languages 2022

Upcoming events



3-5

Oct 2022

Relating language curricula, tests and examinations to the Common European Framework of Reference (RELANG)
ECML – EU cooperation agreement 2022
National training workshop
Madrid, Spain
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4-5

Oct 2022

Project Coordinators’ Meeting
Venue: Graz, Austria

6-7

Oct 2022

Setting up learning environments where modern languages flourish (EOL)
ECML training and consultancy for member States
Vilnius, Lithuania
Training workshop
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Recent publications

Dedicated webpage


Resource of the month

Learning environments where modern languages flourish

EOL presents a vision of a language friendly environment and encourages a strategic approach to language teaching and learning. The starting point for such a global approach to language education is a widespread awareness of the role of languages for the promotion of democratic citizenship and social cohesion.

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Download publications

All ECML publications can be
downloaded for free. 
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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

Brochure


English

French

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