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The ECML is a unique institution whose mission is to encourage excellence and innovation in language teaching and to help Europeans learn languages more efficiently. Our vision: A Europe committed to linguistic and cultural diversity... Find out more about the ECML

ECML Call for proposals for its 2024-27 programme

This call for proposals
is now closed.

Are you interested in addressing key challenges in language education working within a unique European platform? The European Centre for Modern Languages is launching the Call for project proposals for its next programme, “Language education at the heart of democracy”, starting in January 2024, and based on identified priorities in language education of the Centre’s member states.

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Upcoming events


Oct 2023

Expert advisory group meeting on the selection of projects within the ECML 2024-2027 programme
Venue: ECML, Graz, Austria


Oct 2023

Supporting the language(s) of schooling ROADMAP
ECML training and consultancy for member States
Training workshop
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Oct 2023

Language of schooling in subject learning
ECML training and consultancy for member States
Brussels, Belgium
Training workshop
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Recent publications

Rethinking language education after the experience of Covid - Final report

This new publication from April 2023 offers both a timely reflection on the challenges faced and the approaches developed over the course of the pandemic and a look into the future at ways in which the skills and insights gained may bring about beneficial lasting changes in the teaching and learning of languages. 

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Latest addition to the ICT-REV inventory

ARTE (Streaming platform in six languages)

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Lara's journey through Europe’s regional and minority languages

In this chapter of her journey, Lara explores the fascinating world of regional and minority languages along with some of Europe’s other linguistic treasures! 

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Multilingual glossary
of key terms
in language education

An overview of key terms, definitions and references used in ECML projects since 2012.
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ECML Programme

Programme 2020-2023
Inspiring innovation in language education: changing contexts, evolving competences

This programme has been developed in direct response to identified language education priorities in ECML member states. Moreover, it is clearly situated within the context of wider Council of Europe priorities in education, in particular inclusive approaches to education and education for democratic citizenship, where the development of linguistic and intercultural competences plays a key role.

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Programme 2016-2019
Languages at the heart of learning

Download the resource catalogue of the 2016-2019 programme

PDF in English - French


In the course of 2021, the ECML carried out an in-depth evaluation of its 5th medium-term programme,” Languages at the heart of learning”, which ran for four years from 2016-2019.  The findings provide substantial evidence of the positive impact of the programme – of the relevance of the themes addressed, of the quality and usefulness of the project resources, of extensive outreach and follow-up activities, and of the beneficial influence at individual, institutional and national levels.

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ECML-European commission initiatives

Innovative methodologies and assessment in language learning

A Cooperation agreement between the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe and the DG Education and Culture of the European Commission. Find out more...

This action involves two initiatives:

Colloquium: Innovative Methodologies and  Assessment in Language Learning 10 years on - moving forward together

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Initiative “The future of language education in the light of Covid – lessons learned and ways forward"

Organised jointly with the Professional Network Forum and the European Commission

The initiative explores how the ongoing Covid pandemic has affected language education, and at ways in which the skills and insights gained may bring about beneficial lasting changes in the teaching and learning of languages.
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Inspiring Innovation in European Language Teacher Education
Summer Academy for teacher educators working in the field of languages

The 2nd ECML Summer Academy, held from 3rd to 7th July 2023, successfully brought together 29 participants representing 28 ECML and EU member states.

Over the course of five enriching days, language teacher educators with very diverse professional and linguistic backgrounds, engaged in a dynamic programme focusing on the latest developments in language education, with the overall aim of fostering professional growth and transnational cooperation. Through interactive discussions, lectures and group work, they explored innovative resources for language professionals, as well as key language policy instruments, such as the 2022  Council of Europe Recommendation on the importance of plurilingual and intercultural education for democratic culture.  

The programme also included an afternoon at Graz University, where the Chair of the Austrian Association of the ECML, Professor Hermine Penz, had kindly organized a stimulating session on the role of Artificial Intelligence in language education with input from both a researcher and from a language teacher educator/practising teacher. 

The programme also featured several cultural elements such as a guided walking tour of the beautiful city of Graz and a wonderful evening in the southern Styrian vineyards.

View the programme here.

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About the ECML

Member states of the ECML

Austria: host country of the ECML

To support the work of the ECML, the host country has established the Austrian Association of the ECML, which operates as the interface between the Council of Europe and the Austrian authorities.

Visiting the ECML
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ECML documents




25th Anniversary declaration

"Quality language education for a democratic, socially cohesive and peaceful Europe: nine ECML cornerstones" 
Available in many languages

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Professional Network Forum

The Professional Network Forum is formed of international associations and institutions that share common values and have overlapping expertise in the field of language education and assessment. Read more

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