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 collection of case studies is intended to explore the nature of innovation in language education. It deals with the content of innovatory practice - accounts of projects, which have researched and implemented new approaches to organising language teaching and learning - and the process - what factors have made some innovations successful? Why have some not had the anticipated effect? It draws very largely on the work of the first medium-term programme of activities of the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) in Graz from 2000-2003. A number of the coordinators of different projects have described their projects and have reflected on the working methods and the implementation of their work. In this way, it gives an account of the significant contribution, which the medium-term programme has provided.
Target group(s): teachersteacher educators
Publication year: 2003
The organisation of innovation in language education - A set of case studies (EN)
L'organisation de l'innovation dans l'enseignement des langues - Etudes de cas (FR)
Please use the following bibliographic reference if you choose to cite any part of this resource:
Heyworth Frank (2003),
The organisation of innovation in language education - A set of case studies, Council of Europe Publishing, Strasbourg.
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