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ECML 7th medium-term programme 2024-2027
Inspiring innovation in language education: changing contexts, evolving competences

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Priority areas in ECML member states

The priority areas established for this Call for proposals are based on the expressed needs in ECML member states. They also reflect views of language professionals and take account of developments at the European Commission.
Priority areas Examples of possible project topics ECML thematic areas – with existing ECML resources
Language professionals as agents of change
  • Beyond competences: the role of values and attitudes in language teacher education
  • Learner-centred processes and strategies (differentiation, individualised learning, learner autonomy)
  • Implementation/facilitation of holistic approaches to language education
  • Developing creativity and critical thinking skills: the role of digital literacy and digital tools (e.g. gamification)
  • Teacher development and pedagogical approaches for language learning in the early years
Language teacher and learner competences

New media

Early language learning

Considering and reconsidering flagship resources of the Council of Europe Evaluation and Assessment
Foreign language learning and teaching in the spotlight
  • Foreign language methodologies for skills development – new challenges in changing contexts
  • The first foreign language as a gateway to other languages
  • The place of pluralistic approaches in the foreign language classroom
  • CLIL methodology refreshed: challenges and opportunities at different educational levels
Plurilingual and intercultural education


Bi-/plurilingual education for a new decade
  • Regional and minority languages; Romani
  • Bilingual education in multilingual classrooms
  • The language of schooling for migrant pupils and vulnerable learners: different pedagogical approaches
  • Advances and challenges in pluralistic approaches (translanguaging, culturally responsive pedagogies, language awareness, language-sensitive teaching etc.)
  • Languages across the curriculum: the role of language in knowledge construction
  • Language awareness and the role of mediation

Plurilingual and intercultural education

Languages of schooling
Organising language education
  • Language learning pathways
  • Diversification of languages on offer/successful 2nd and 3rd foreign language/support for home languages
  • Successful transitions across educational stages
  • Curricular reform: Introduction of outcomes-based language curricula/of CLIL/of early language learning: what needs to be considered?
  • Whole-school/Institutional language policies
  • (e)Mobility
Language teacher and learner competences


Early language learning

Plurilingual and intercultural learning

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Have you found your area of interest and expertise? 

Would you like to address one or more of these priorities by getting involved in building networks across member states, developing user-friendly, practical resources which are easily adaptable to different national contexts? 

If so, we would welcome your proposal.

Please proceed to detailed information on the nature of ECML projects and pratical information on how to submit a project proposal.

Any questions? Please contact us at call@ecml.at