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European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe

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

Upcoming events

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Jun 2018
Innovative methodologies and assessment in language learning, EU – ECML cooperation agreement 2017-2018
“Supporting Multilingual Classrooms”: national training workshop
Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Jun 2018
Language for work: tools for professional development
Expert meeting
ECML, Graz, Austria
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Jun 2018
Plurilingual and intercultural competences: descriptors and teaching materials (FREPA)
ECML training and consultancy for member States
Preparatory meeting to the training workshop
Venue: Landesinstitut für Lehrerbildung und Schulentwicklung Hamburg (LI), Germany
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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:

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.

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Resource of the month

Sign languages and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) – Descriptors and approaches to assessment


This resource establishes European standards for sign languages for professional purposes in line with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and provides an overview of assessment descriptors and approaches.

The website contains definitions of CEFR proficiency levels for sign languages, videos in International sign and links to related projects and activities, an assessment cycle for language proficiency in sign languages, ideas for making good use of the CEFR, as well as a glossary.

Target users: teachers and teacher trainers, curriculum developers in tertiary educational environments, university level educators and international NGOs.

Authors: Lorraine Leeson, Tobias Haug, Christian Rathmann, Beppie van den Bogaerde.
In cooperation with Moscow State Linguistic University

Languages: International sign –  Czech – English – Estonian – German – Icelandic – Slovenian.


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