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 training project for learning about research through research brought together representatives from over twenty-five of the ECML member countries. Its results are contained in a publication and a set of recommendations addressed to policy-makers, is the introduction of cultural mediation into the debate on language didactics. Whereas most innovations in language didactics appear in the form of new teaching tools, the Cultural mediation in language learning and teaching project chose to follow a new path by adopting a "learning by doing" approach to research. It attempted to tackle several challenges:
• to experience the variety of different teaching cultures of the participants as a source of innovation rather than as an obstacle;
• to adopt a pluridisciplinary approach by introducing references taken from the social sciences in order to develop a reflection on the role of languages in social cohesion;
• to try and provide answers to a question hitherto rarely raised in the didactics of languages and cultures, mediation itself. Readers may judge the extent of the project´s success for themselves by reading the findings and recommendations that came out of the project. A network of researchers devoted to the question of cultural mediation, bringing together different European institutions, a follow-up to this project.
Target group(s): teachersteacher educators
Publication year: 2004
Cultural mediation in language learning and teaching (EN)
Médiation culturelle et didactique des langues (FR)
Please use the following bibliographic reference if you choose to cite any part of this resource:
Zarate Geneviève (2004),
Cultural mediation in language learning and teaching , 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 11507
Language skills for successful subject learning - CEFR-linked descriptors for mathematics and history/civics 11071
Inventory of ICT tools and open educational resources 10577
Teaching the language of schooling in the context of diversity - Study materials for teacher development 9577
Empowering language networks - Tools for mediating ECML resources 8426
Collaborative community approach to migrant education - A virtual open course for educators 8240
A European learning network for professionals supporting work-related second language development 8066
A pluriliteracies approach to teaching for learning 8019
ECML publications for plurilingual and intercultural education in use - Tools and ideas for dissemination 7890
Towards whole-school language curricula: Examples of practice in schools 7641
List of publications 1998-2016
Modern Languages (2012)
Programme glossary 2008-2011 "Empowering language professionals” (2013)