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.

Our Schools team are available if you have queries about the #ErasmusPlus School Education deadline on 23 April. If you want to learn more about Erasmus+ KA229 School Exchange Partnerships read Tomás' blog here: leargas.ie/blog/ka229-app…

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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.
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LéargasMonday, April 6th, 2020 at 2:01am
Our Schools team are available if you have queries about the #ErasmusPlus School Education deadline on 23 April. If you want to learn more about Erasmus+ KA229 School Exchange Partnerships read Tomás' blog here: https://www.leargas.ie/blog/ka229-application-tips/
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LéargasSunday, April 5th, 2020 at 11:27pm
If you'd like to learn more about #EUSolidarityCorps you might benefit from this SALTO MOOC. There's new content being delivered at 18:00 CET tonight and all the course can be accessed online. Sign up here: https://hop.salto-youth.net/courses/ESC
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LéargasSunday, April 5th, 2020 at 11:23pm
There's still time to register for our online application workshop for #EUSolidarityCorps tomorrow from 10:00-12:00. Visit our Eventbrite page to register your place! bit.ly/ESCOnlineApplicationWorkshop
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LéargasFriday, April 3rd, 2020 at 11:00pm
We are taking our #ErasmusPlus Youth Application Workshop online with our live webinar on 08 April from 10.00am-12.00pm. If you're applying for KA105 (youth exchanges, youth worker mobility) or KA347 (support for policy reform), be sure to register: https://bit.ly/YouthWebinar08April
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LéargasWednesday, April 1st, 2020 at 10:52pm
Great to see that so many #ErasmusPlus projects are keeping the connections going though online meetings during these strange times! We'd love to hear your tips about how to stay in touch.