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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This publication celebrates a momentous stage in the history of the European Centre for Modern Languages: its 25th anniversary. Its central aims are to review and showcase the achievements of the ECML, as reflected in its many projects and publications, and to put its achievements in the context of the broader work of the Council of Europe, which this year celebrates its 70th anniversary. It includes contributions from international experts working at the cutting edge of language education as well as stakeholders responsible for supporting and implementing the outcomes of ECML projects.The publication is divided into four sections:
Section A: Milestones in inspiring innovation provides a detailed account of the development of the ECML over its first 25 years, and indicates how its activities are located within the work of Council of Europe as a whole and work in tandem with it. Further it charts how the nature of its projects is continually changing to keep step with ongoing societal changes in which language education is embedded.
Section B: Evolving competences provides a discussion of the nine thematic areas which are at the core of the work of the ECML. The authors, each of whom has considerable experience of co-ordinating ECML projects, provide a state-of-the-art discussion of key issues in the respective areas and outline how the work of the ECML has contributed to the development of the theme and to making important aspects accessible to language learners and teachers. They also outline possible directions for future development.
Section C: Impact and networks considers, on the one hand, how the work of the ECML has impacted on language education in member states, and on the other, how Europe-wide co-operation and partnerships between the ECML and other political and professional bodies have enhanced work in this field and optimised common resources. In addition, representatives of member states provide concrete examples of how the work of the ECML has influenced language education in their country.
In the Conclusion, 25 years of success: a solid base for the future, the Executive Director of the ECML adds a future perspective to the success story of the Centre by providing a preview of the new programme to be launched in 2020 and discussing how the enduring underlying principles of the Council of Europe will be channelled into innovative directions.
Target group(s): teachersteacher educatorsdecision-makers
Publication year: 2019
Marisa Cavalli, Frank Heyworth, David Newby
Promotional documents:Flyer (EN)Dépliant (FR)
Contextes changeants, compétences en évolution : inspirer l’innovation dans l’éducation aux langues depuis 25 ans (FR)
Changing contexts, evolving competences: 25 years of inspiring innovation in language education (EN)
Please use the following bibliographic reference if you choose to cite any part of this resource:
Cavalli Marisa, Heyworth Frank, Newby David (2019),
Changing contexts, evolving competences: 25 years of inspiring innovation in language education, 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 11488
Language skills for successful subject learning - CEFR-linked descriptors for mathematics and history/civics 11044
Inventory of ICT tools and open educational resources 10553
Teaching the language of schooling in the context of diversity - Study materials for teacher development 9555
Empowering language networks - Tools for mediating ECML resources 8407
Collaborative community approach to migrant education - A virtual open course for educators 8209
A European learning network for professionals supporting work-related second language development 8041
A pluriliteracies approach to teaching for learning 8005
ECML publications for plurilingual and intercultural education in use - Tools and ideas for dissemination 7873
Towards whole-school language curricula: Examples of practice in schools 7622
List of publications 1998-2016
Modern Languages (2012)
Programme glossary 2008-2011 "Empowering language professionals” (2013)