The European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) is a Council of Europe institution to which thirty-three countries currently subscribe. The ECML assists its member states in addressing challenges within their national education systems by:
The work of the Centre focuses primarily on priority areas in member states such as migration and language education, plurilingual education, mobility and intercultural learning, new media in language education, evaluation and assessment, early language learning, content and language integrated learning, employment and languages. Teacher education is at the core of its work. ECML activities are complementary to those of the Council of Europe’s work related to the development of policies and planning tools in the field of language education and the Secretariat of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.
Within the framework of its 4-year programmes, the Centre works together with ministries, language experts, national institutions and international language organisations. Through its programmes, the ECML provides a platform for gathering and disseminating information, stimulating discussion and training multipliers in matters related to language education. It also maintains Europe-wide networks for teacher trainers, researchers and educational administrators.
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The years 1995-1999 represented a period of considerable importance, both for the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) and for language teaching in general. In this time, following the launch of the ECML, it held a large number of workshops, initiated and supported research and development networks to promote language learning and teaching on a European scale. As this first period of the Centre's life drew to a close, the need was felt to take stock of and summarise the contribution that the ECML had made to these innovative areas and to make the results of its activities available to a wider audience. Whilst individual workshop reports existed, it was necessary to provide a coherent overview of the various thematic areas which had formed the core of the work of the ECML workshops. These were: Bilingual Education, Learner Autonomy, Teacher Education, Information and Communication Media/Technologies, Intercultural Awareness, Early Language Learning. To this end, five experts were commissioned to contribute a summary of work in these areas: so-called Thematic Collections. The results of their work are presented in this volume.
Target group(s): teachersteacher educators
Publication year: 2003
Thematic collections: presentation and evaluation of work carried out by the ECML from 1995 to 1999 (EN)
Collections thématiques: présentation et évaluation des travaux menés par le CELV de 1995 à 1999 (FR)
Please use the following bibliographic reference if you choose to cite any part of this resource:
Newby David (2003),
Thematic collections: Presentation and evaluation of work carried out by the ECML from 1995 to 1999, Council of Europe Publishing, Strasbourg.
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Download the catalogue of the ECML programme outputs 2016-2019 "Languages at the heart of learning": English - French
European portfolio for pre-primary educators - The plurilingual and intercultural dimension 11471
Language skills for successful subject learning - CEFR-linked descriptors for mathematics and history/civics 11008
Inventory of ICT tools and open educational resources 10524
Teaching the language of schooling in the context of diversity - Study materials for teacher development 9540
Empowering language networks - Tools for mediating ECML resources 8390
Collaborative community approach to migrant education - A virtual open course for educators 8187
A European learning network for professionals supporting work-related second language development 8024
A pluriliteracies approach to teaching for learning 7990
ECML publications for plurilingual and intercultural education in use - Tools and ideas for dissemination 7864
Towards whole-school language curricula: Examples of practice in schools 7607
List of publications 1998-2016
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Programme glossary 2008-2011 "Empowering language professionals” (2013)