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A Centre to Promote Quality Language Education in Europe

Contemporary European societies are characterised and enriched by linguistic and cultural diversity, by migration and mobility. However we only truly value and treasure these characteristics by recognising and responding to the associated challenges.

Language education is key: the provision of lifelong, quality language education supports
not only educational and professional success, but personal development and a sense
of self-worth, all of which help foster economic growth, democratic citizenship and social

The ECML's Strategic Objectives are to help its member states implement effective language teaching policies by:

  • focusing on the practice of the learning and teaching of languages
  • promoting dialogue and exchange among those active in the field 
  • training multipliers 
  • supporting programme-related networks and research projects


In order to implement its strategic objectives, the European Centre for Modern Languages, organises a programme of international projects on language education.

Basing its work on the underlying values of the Council of Europe and its pioneering work in language education, the ECML is ideally equipped to act as a catalyst for reform in the teaching and learning of languages.

Contact details

European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe
Nikolaiplatz 4
AT-8020 Graz
T 43 316 323554
F 43 316 323554-4

Open to the public

9:00-12:30, 13:30-17:00

Our vision: A Europe committed to linguistic and cultural diversity, where the key role of quality language education in achieving intercultural dialogue, democratic citizenship and social cohesion is recognised and supported.