How it works
The ECML operates 4-year programmes focusing on key issues in language education. A programme consists of two strands: the development strand and the mediation strand.
|The development strand primarily covers innovation projects which result in new resources for language professionals. In addition to projects, and usually when addressing a particularly challenging or new aspect of language education, the ECML may choose to organise a think tank, either as stand-alone event or as a way of launching a new project.
|The mediation strand consists of in-country Training and consultancy, as well as on activities for a wider public, such as the European Day of Languages (EDL), webinars and conferences.
ECML projects and Training and consultancy activities are coordinated by international teams of experts who:
- cooperate with experts from over 30 European countries;
- provide training modules, guidelines and toolkits for teacher educators, equipping them to train others within their institutions and networks;
- provide training and professional development opportunities for multipliers;
- publish examples of good practice applicable in different contexts.
How to get involved
In the preparatory stages of each programme
professionals in language education are
invited to submit project proposals or express
interest in cooperation. Selected projects
are then supported by the ECML over the full
programme term. Programme activities include
network meetings and workshops in Graz
where participants from all member states are
invited to contribute to collaborative work. ECML
participants act as ‘ECML ambassadors’ in their
country, not only disseminating the work of the
ECML among colleagues and national networks,
but considering ways in which the work can
be adapted to and enhanced by national
How to benefit from programme activities
Professionals working in language education can
contact project teams and follow the activities on
the dedicated ECML programme website where
regular updates are featured.
Language experts use this unique European
platform to produce practical resources for key
target groups such as for teachers, teacher
trainers, curriculum developers and decisionmakers.
Taking part in an ECML workshop
Individuals with a special interest in the subject area of a particular project are invited
to take up contact with the ECML National Nominating Authority in their country
(www.ecml.at/memberstates) so that they can be considered for participation in the
corresponding project workshop.
Information on upcoming ECML events including workshop participant profiles can be
found at www.ecml.at/calendar.
Continuous improvement is a key concern of the ECML. The Centre applies an evaluation
scheme which promotes reflective practice in project management. The evaluation data
serves as an indicator of the overall impact of the ECML programme on language education