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Upcoming events

Wednesday 29 March 2023, 16:00 -17:00 (CET - Graz time)

Webinar "A new Council of Europe Recommendation on language education: the importance of teacher education"

In June 2022, the ECML launched a series of 4 webinars on Recommendation CM/Rec(2022)1 on the importance of plurilingual and intercultural education for a culture of democracy, which was adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in February 2022. 

The first webinar focused on the main messages for decision-makers and first steps for implementation. In the second webinar, Professor David Little provided an analysis of the definition of plurilingual and intercultural education that forms the basis of the Recommendation, while examining the educational and societal challenges that the Recommendation aims to address. 

In this third webinar in the series, Professor Mirjam Egli Cuenat, will focus on the importance that Recommendation CM/Rec(2022)1 places on teacher education: what are the specific recommendations with regard to initial and in-service teacher education? What are their implications for training programmes? How can they be implemented in practice? These questions will be addressed using concrete examples from teacher education for different target levels.

The final webinar in the series will then focus on societal engagement for successful implementation of the Recommendation.



Mar 2023

Supporting Multilingual Classrooms
ECML – EU cooperation agreement 2023
Expert meeting
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Mar 2023

Setting up learning environments where modern languages flourish (EOL)
ECML training and consultancy for member States
Training workshop
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Mar 2023

Plurilingual education: pluralistic approaches to languages and cultures. A didactic tool for integrated plurilingual and intercultural education (FREPA)
ECML training and consultancy for member States
Training workshop - part 4
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Recent publications

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Latest addition to the ICT-REV inventory

ARTE (Streaming platform in six languages)

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Multilingual glossary
of key terms
in language education

An overview of key terms, definitions and references used in ECML projects since 2012.
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ECML Programme

Programme 2020-2023
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.

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Programme 2016-2019
Languages at the heart of learning

Download the resource catalogue of the 2016-2019 programme

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In the course of 2021, the ECML carried out an in-depth evaluation of its 5th medium-term programme,” Languages at the heart of learning”, which ran for four years from 2016-2019.  The findings provide substantial evidence of the positive impact of the programme – of the relevance of the themes addressed, of the quality and usefulness of the project resources, of extensive outreach and follow-up activities, and of the beneficial influence at individual, institutional and national levels.

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ECML-European commission initiatives

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:

Colloquium: Innovative Methodologies and  Assessment in Language Learning 10 years on - moving forward together

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Initiative “The future of language education in the light of Covid – lessons learned and ways forward"

Organised jointly with the Professional Network Forum and the European Commission

The initiative explores how the ongoing Covid pandemic has affected language education, and at ways in which the skills and insights gained may bring about beneficial lasting changes in the teaching and learning of languages.
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Inspiring Innovation in European Language Teacher Education
Summer Academy for teacher educators working in the field of languages

From 4th to 8th July 2022, the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) of the Council of Europe held its first ever Summer academy, co-funded by the European Commission. Twenty-five language teacher educators from across Europe participated in the event, which provided a unique transnational professional learning opportunity for this key target group, with time and space to discuss cutting-edge developments in language education, become familiar with innovative resources and policy instruments both from the Council of Europe and the European Commission, and reflect on their competences, values, and professional identities. After the successful launch, the ECML intends to run a Summer academy in 2023.

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About the ECML

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 documents




25th Anniversary declaration

"Quality language education for a democratic, socially cohesive and peaceful Europe: nine ECML cornerstones" 
Available in many languages

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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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