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Programme 2024-2027
Language education at the heart of democracy


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The Committee of Ministers’ Recommendation (2022)1 on the importance of plurilingual and intercultural education for democratic culture provides the overarching framework for the ECML’s 7th medium-term programme, “Language education at the heart of democracy”. This first ever holistic Recommendation, embracing all languages, all sectors and wider society, reinforces the role of quality language education in equipping learners to become autonomous social agents, actively engaged in strengthening our democracies. With its unique position at the interface between policy, research, teacher education and classroom practice, the new ECML programme will focus primarily on activities to support and further develop the wellbeing, resilience and competences of all those working in the field, so that they in turn can empower their learners.  In this way, it aims to transform language education into a vibrant force at the core of democratic ideals.

Projects developing new resources

AI for language education

Coordinator: Merilyn MERISTO
Working languages of the project: English, French
Project term: 2024-2027

Deeper learning in the foreign language classroom: pluriliteracies for global citizenship

Coordinator: Oliver MEYER
Working languages of the project: English, second working  language to be confirmed
Project term: 2024-2027

Developing competences for democratic culture for young learners through language education

Coordinator: Martina KRAMAR
Working languages of the project: English, German
Project term: 2025-2027

Unlocking educational opportunities in sign languages in Europe

Coordinator: Christian RATHMANN
Working languages of the project: English/Int. Sign
Project term: 2024-2027

CLIL teaching materials for developing 21st century skills

Coordinator: Lies SERCU
Working languages of the project: English, German
Project term: 2024-2026

Fostering the plurilingual wellbeing of language teachers

Coordinator: Caterina SUGRANYES
Working languages of the project: English, French
Project term: 2024-2026

Project supporting the use of ECML resources

A toolkit for implementing integrated didactics in language education

Coordinator: Christian KOCH
Working languages of the project: English, French
Project term: 2024-2027

Using ECML resources to support plurilingual and intercultural education for democratic culture

Coordinator: Kenia PUIG
Working languages of the project: English, German
Project term: 2024-2026

Think tanks


  • Motivation to learn languages
    (in cooperation with the European Commission)
  • Valorising and assessing home languages
  • Mediation in primary language learning

Organisation of the programme

The new programme is organised in two strands:

The development strand includes

6
projects
developing completely
new resources
in response to priorities in member states

2
projects
supporting the implementation of existing ECML resources,

3
think tanks


The mediation strand includes


in-country capacity-building
via ECML Training and consultancy and national support events


the ECML
Summer academy


activities for a wider public
such as webinars, conferences and the European Day of Languages.

Thematic priorities


Steinar Nybøle, speaking at the ECML Conference December 2023 about the new ECML Programme 2024-2027
Panel discussion at the ECML Conference December 2023 on the future of language education within and beyond the ECML’s programme: addressing new challenges 


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