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On this webpage the ECML presents an overview of twelve key areas in language education, outlining why they are important, what challenges they bring and how these are addressed through the work of the Centre.  The themes are reflected in the graphic to the right.

As the graphic indicates, teacher education lies firmly at the centre of these distinct, yet interrelated themes. The added value of the ECML lies in the centre’s ability to support teacher education and to develop networks/communities of educational practice, not only in relation to initial teacher education but also in the context of continued professional development for both newly qualified and experienced teachers.

All of these areas are underpinned by the belief that everyone should have access to quality education. ECML projects are directed towards producing – in tangible, practical form – applications of high quality in the respective fields.

To help achieve this, the ECML has developed approaches to quality management and quality assurance, and these are applied to the conduct of the projects and to their outcomes.


Teachers are at the heart of the ECML’s activities. And effective teacher education is an essential factor in making sure that the ECML’s pioneering work can be disseminated and put into practice.
See the Qualitraining website

And all to the benefit of the learner

The final aim of all our projects is to help learners to learn languages well, which in turn will contribute to personal development and a sense of self-worth, to educational and professional success – all of which help foster economic growth, democratic citizenship and social cohesion.

The structure of the thematic areas

Each thematic area is in 3 or 4 sections: Introduction, Resources, Projects and, where applicable, Training and consultancy.

The Resources section will take you to ECML and Council of Europe tools related to the theme, as well as to resources from the European Commission or other external sources.

The Projects section provides a list of ECML language education projects, focusing on current and recently completed projects.  Earlier ECML projects can be found in the Resources section. 

Training and consultancy activities by specialised ECML teams provide expertise to help individual countries build capacity at national level.

Teacher education at the centre


The ECML would like to thank the following persons for their significant contributions to the development of these thematic collections:

Frank Heyworth, Marisa Cavalli, Hanna Komorowska, Isabel Landsiedler, Waldemar Martyniuk, Jessica Gough and Adelina Rosca.