About

About

Overview

The European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) is an institution of the Council of Europe based in Graz, Austria. Its mission is to encourage excellence and innovation in language teaching and to help Europeans learn languages more effectively.

The ECML also acts as a catalyst for reform in the teaching and learning of languages by:

  • focusing on the practice of the learning and teaching of languages
  • promoting dialogue and exchange among those active in the field
  • training multipliers (people who share and promote ECML practices at local level)
  • supporting programme-related networks and research projects.

In cooperation with leading European specialists in the field, the ECML initiates and coordinates four-year programmes which provide the framework for innovative projects and activities. These projects are embedded in ongoing policy developments and have addressed key challenges in language learning. Previous programmes examined ‘Languages for social cohesion’ (2004-2007), ‘Empowering language professionals’ (2008-2011), and ‘Learning through languages’ (2012-2015). The current ECML programme is ‘Languages at the heart of learning’. The theme for the 2020-2023 cycle will be “Inspiring innovation in language education: changing contexts, evolving competences”.

Before each four year cycle begins, the ECML issues a call for proposals from experienced professionals in language education for projects in their area of expertise. This Call is now open and applications will be accepted until 22 April 2019. See our How to page for more details.

An information flyer in Irish is available here.

Other language professionals can get involved in selected projects by participating in workshops, and sharing the results with others in their field. Ireland can nominate one participant per workshop, who receives full funding to attend. 

Six-month traineeships are also open to graduates and post-graduates in different areas of the ECML.

Funding

  • The ECML covers all costs (fees, travel, accommodation and subsistence) for participants at language workshops.
  • Participants in the ECML traineeship programme receive a monthly stipend of approximately €700 per month.

Benefits

ECML projects are practitioner-led and therefore address and respond to the real needs of a plurilingual Europe. The geographic diversity of participants brings fresh perspectives to meeting challenges in language teaching and learning.

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Léargas

Léargas is a not-for-profit organisation that operates under the aegis of the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Léargas manages European, national and international exchange and cooperation programmes in education, training and youth and community work and has been managing such programmes for over 30 years. Léargas currently has 40 staff based in our Dublin office. Our staff come from Ireland, Poland, France, Croatia, Denmark and Spain and have wide-ranging experience in education, training, community, youth and development work; and in IT and finance. The National Centre for Guidance in Education operates under the aegis of Léargas.
Léargas
LéargasWednesday, March 20th, 2019 at 10:54pm
❗️📢Due to technical issues with the forms at European level, the Erasmus+ deadline has been extended to allow you enough time to submit your application.
The deadline has been extended to 26 March 2019.
This new deadline applies to the following actions: ⬇️
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Léargas
LéargasWednesday, March 20th, 2019 at 10:32pm
❗️📢Due to technical issues with the forms at European level, the Erasmus+ deadline has been extended to allow you enough time to submit your application. The deadline has been extended to 26 March 2019.
This new deadline applies to the following actions: ⬇️

▪️Strategic Partnerships for School Education (KA201)

▪️Strategic Partnerships fro Vocational Education and Training (KA202)

▪️Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education (KA203)

▪️Strategic Partnerships for Adult Education (KA204)

▪️School Exchange Partnerships (KA229)
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Léargas
LéargasWednesday, March 20th, 2019 at 9:50pm
Are you a youth worker, youth leader or manager with #ErasmusPlus partners and a clear project idea? This KA1&KA3 workshop will guide you through the application process and get your idea soaring high! http://ow.ly/xj1a30o3RQC
Léargas
LéargasWednesday, March 20th, 2019 at 9:00am
This year #YouthWeek takes place 29 April - 05 May! The week focuses on the theme of 'Democracy and Me'. If you would like to organise an event on this theme with the young people you work with find out more here: https://leargas.xtensio.com/europeanyouthweek2019