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 idea for the CHAGAL project was born out of the realisation that education systems have to be responsive to the diverse backgrounds and specific needs of international students and to adopt effective strategies to offer students every chance of success in their undertakings. An innovative and inclusive curriculum sensitive to the students’ diversity not only promotes positive student reaction and success, but also reflects the host country’s acceptance of the potential these students have to offer.
On the CHAGAL in ACTION! CD-ROM, 12 Curriculum Guidelines drawn up by the 16 partner institutions originally participating in the CHAGAL-Grundtvig project describe how student-centred course curricula can be developed and implemented and illustrate how CHAGAL principles can be put into practice. Examples of good practice from 9 European countries comprise the areas of social and cultural learning content-based learning language and study skills student support and are – together with the CHAGAL Recipe Book for Teachers – targeted specifically at practitioners.
Roland Forster, Grete Kernegger, Mee Foong Lee, Imke Mohr , Kees Smit and Penka Taneva-Kafelova with the cooperation of Hannes Vogler.
Target group(s): teachers
Publication year: 2007
Promotional documents:Flyer (EN) (DE)
CHAGAL Website (EN) (DE)
Please use the following bibliographic reference if you choose to cite any part of this resource:
Kernegger Grete (2007),
CHAGAL - Setup, Council of Europe (European Centre for Modern Languages), Graz,
available at , accessed 28 Feb 2024.
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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)