In this area, the ECML aims to explore provision for learning and settings that provide a low threshold for learners of any age inviting them to become interested, involved and committed to language learning. The effective use of new communication technology, the exploration of pedagogic approaches introduced with the European Language Portfolio are areas to explore in order to impact on the quality of lifelong learning.
Informal learning: Learning resulting from daily life activities related to work, family or leisure. It is not organised or structured in terms of objectives, time or learning support. Informal learning is in most cases unintentional from the learner's perspective. Comments: informal learning outcomes do not usually lead to certification but maybe validated and certified in the framework of recognition of prior learning schemes; informal learning is also referred to as experiential or incidental/random learning (Glossary. Quality in education and training. European Centre for the Development of Vocationa Training, 2011, p.85).
Non-formal learning: Learning which is embedded in planned activities not explixitly designated as learning (in terms of learning objectives, learning time or learning support). Non-formal learning is intentional from the learner’s point of view. Comments: non-formal learning outcomes may be validated and lead to certification; non-formal learning is sometimes described as semi-structured learning (Glossary. Quality in education and training. European Centre for the Development of Vocationa Training, 2011, p.113).