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European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe

The ECML is a unique institution whose mission is to encourage excellence and innovation in language teaching and to help Europeans learn languages more efficiently. Our vision: A Europe committed to linguistic and cultural diversity... Find out more about the ECML

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Programme 2020-2023
Inspiring innovation in language education: changing contexts, evolving competences

2020 marks the launch of the ECML’s 6th medium-term programme: “Inspiring innovation in language education: changing contexts, evolving competences.” This programme has been developed in direct response to identified language education priorities in ECML member states. Moreover, it is clearly situated within the context of wider Council of Europe priorities in education, in particular inclusive approaches to education and education for democratic citizenship, where the development of linguistic and intercultural competences plays a key role. The new programme 2020-2023 encompasses 9 projects and 12 Training and Consultancy activities.
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Upcoming events

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Mar 2020
ECML – EU cooperation agreement 2019-2020
POSTPONED: Supporting Multilingual Classrooms: national training workshop
Aarhus, Denmark
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ECML – EU cooperation agreement 2019-2020
POSTPONED: Relating language curricula, tests and examinations to the Common European Framework of Reference (RELANG): national training workshop
Helsinki, Finland
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Mar 2020
CLIL in languages other than English - successful transitions across educational stages
Expert meeting
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Innovative methodologies and assessment in language learning

A Cooperation agreement between the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe and the DG Education and Culture of the European Commission. Find out more...

This action involves two initiatives:

Member states of the ECML

Austria: host country of the ECML

To support the work of the ECML, the host country has established the Austrian Association of the ECML, which operates as the interface between the Council of Europe and the Austrian authorities.

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ECML 25th Anniversary Conference 

Languages at the heart of learning:  25 years of inspiring innovation

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Changing contexts, evolving competences: 25 years of inspiring innovation in language education


This publication offers a fascinating journey through the world of international language education over a quarter of a century, seen from the perspective of one of its main actors, the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe.

Demographic, political and technological changes in society combined with globalisation have dramatically reshaped the educational landscape in Europe in the past 25 years. As a result, the language-related expectations and challenges within national education systems have significantly evolved.

The publication which focuses on the role and achievements of the ECML in this context, includes contributions from international experts working at the cutting edge of language education as well as testimonials from stakeholders responsible for supporting and implementing innovative approaches to language education around Europe


teacher and learner competences, plurilingual and intercultural education, early language learning, languages of schooling, content and language integrated learning (CLIL), migrant education and employment, new media, sign languages, evaluation and assessment, mediation, learning environments

About the publication

Editors: David Newby, Frank Heyworth, Marisa Cavalli

Target readers: language and subject teachers, teacher educators, decision-makers, researchers, students in the areas of education, languages and applied linguistics and all stakeholders interested in innovation in the field of language education.

ISBN: 978-92-871-8995-0

Number of pages: 168

Available languages: English, French

Formats: Online PDF, print (for purchase from the Council of Europe bookshop)

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Resource of the month

Towards whole-school language curricula: Examples of practice in schools

The resources provide tools which help to clarify, develop and implement plurilingual, intercultural and inclusive whole-school policies in different contexts in ECML member states.

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Professional Network Forum

The Professional Network Forum is formed of international associations and institutions that share common values and have overlapping expertise in the field of language education and assessment. Read more


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