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Rationale and background

Context and rationale

As an Enlarged Partial Agreement of the Council of Europe, the ECML’s work contributes to the promotion of the three overarching values of the organisation: democracy, human rights and the rule of law. Language education has a critical role to play: the provision of lifelong, quality language education supports not only educational and professional success, but personal development and a sense of self-worth, which in turn contribute to a democratic, socially cohesive and peaceful Europe.

ECML programme of activities: how we work

This Call is specifically for project proposals for the development strand of the next ECML programme 2024-2027. The ECML initiates and coordinates 4-year programmes which consist of two strands: development and mediation. 

Read more about how the ECML acts as a platform for all those involved in language education.

ECML survey on current priorities in language education

This Call is the result of a process of dialogue and negotiation. It outlines a range of current priorities in language education, identified by the ECML’s 35 member states. These priorities will be the focus of the next ECML programme 2024-2027. The survey was organised around the nine ECML thematic areas which reflect main trends in language learning and teaching and provide insights into the wide range of topics, theories and practices that have been the concern of language education for a number of years. 

Read more about the current priorities in language education.

Survey findings – key messages for the ECML programme 2024-2027

Respondents to the survey indicated the relevance of all thematic areas, including the additional theme of transversal competences and the importance of targeted support in relation to the Council of Europe Recommendation on the importance of plurilingual and intercultural education for democratic culture. Read more about the survey findings.

Full information

Download the Call document in English, French