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.


  • 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.


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.

Thank you @Leargas @teacheracademy @EPALE_EU and @LimkLearnFest for holding a very informative and enjoyable webinar on eteaching tools for language teaching and learning, it was very informative for me as a PME student! #lifelonglearning #LanguageMatters #studentteacher Retweeted by Léargas

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How did you celebrate the #EuropeanDayofLanguages in your classroom? Be sure to share your experiences with us and @leargas_eli! We're really looking forward to hearing from you! #coeEDL

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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.
LéargasWednesday, September 30th, 2020 at 4:49am
🇪🇺 The #EuropeanDayofLanguages conference took place on Monday, and it was a wonderful success. Wish you could have been there? Want an insight into it? You're in luck! Just take a look at this! 🇪🇺
LéargasWednesday, September 30th, 2020 at 3:23am
As many of you will know, September 26 marked the European Day of Languages!

As part of the celebrations, the European Commission have paid tribute to a number of innovative language projects launched between 2014 and 2020 - some of which can be seen in the video below. Prepare to feel inspired!

Language teaching and learning with Erasmus+ and the European Language Label: 7 years of excellence
On 28 September 2020, as part of the celebrations of the European Day of Languages, the European Commission launched this 30-minute documentary about innovat...
LéargasTuesday, September 29th, 2020 at 11:04pm
Join us in celebrating this year’s award-winning European Language Label and #eTwinning projects. The celebrations take place on October 13th and we'd love for you to get involved! After celebrating the winners, you will learn how to tell your own project story afterwards at our three storytelling-themed workshops. For more information, just follow this link! https://bit.ly/2DQbeoT
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
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