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 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.
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LéargasSunday, September 27th, 2020 at 9:30pm
This week’s Webinar Wednesday is all about digital education! Aimed at those in VET and School Education, it will discuss challenges presented by the recent sudden shift to online and distance learning, and hear from an expert in the field of digital education. If you're interested in attending, just register here https://bit.ly/32JYYi2
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LéargasFriday, September 25th, 2020 at 11:03pm
Happy #EuropeanDayofLanguages from all of us at Léargas to all of you! Join in the celebrations and let us know how you marked the day! #europeandayoflanguages #coeEDL
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LéargasThursday, September 24th, 2020 at 11:00pm
Listen up! 🎧 Ballyfermot College of Further Education shared with us a fantastic interview which took place with two of their students on the All Points North podcast. Sit back, press play, and hear how JJ, Tirna (and more!) found their feet in Finland as Erasmus+ students! 🎧 https://bit.ly/3cyILAW
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LéargasTuesday, September 22nd, 2020 at 11:08pm
Join us on October 13th to celebrate this year’s award-winning European Language Label and #eTwinning projects! Oh, and learn how to tell your own project story afterwards at our three storytelling-themed workshops. For more information, just take a look here! https://bit.ly/33m7rs7
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LéargasTuesday, September 22nd, 2020 at 1:05am
Big shout out to Youth Information Officers across the country helping young people to explore European opportunities! Hear all about #EUSolidarityCorps from Kasia in Donegal Youth Service! If you'd like to learn more about the programme get in touch with us! https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1121673938200487&extid=oBvR7OGZhOp565qR
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Donegal Youth Service
Check out this short information video about European Solidarity Corps opportunities for young people aged 18-30! Things are paused due to the current situation, but now is the perfect time to start planning for the future! Where will you go?! Listen to Youth Information Officer Kasia explain it all. Any queries, pop on over to the Letterkenny Youth Information Centre or email Kasia directly on katarzyna.kurzeja@donegalyouthservice.ie