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.

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The Power of One – A Voice
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We're getting ready for European #YouthWeek! If you are planning to organise an event on the theme of #DemocracyAndMe contact us for your Youth Week pack! Email youthweek@leargas.ie or find out more about activities happening in Ireland at:

LéargasTuesday, April 16th, 2019 at 9:01am
This year the theme of European #YouthWeek is #DemocracyAndMe. Organise your event with one of our European Youth Week packs and make your voices heard. Contact youthweek@leargas.ie for your pack! Find out more about what is happening in Ireland here

LéargasTuesday, April 16th, 2019 at 2:41am
📢We are delighted to announce the second Erasmus+ Schools Week. This week-long celebration of Erasmus+ activities will take place from 30 September – 04 October across Ireland. Erasmus+ Schools Week 2019 will be a great opportunity for primary schools, secondary schools and other organisations involved in Erasmus+ School Education to celebrate their participation and share their experiences. ➡️ https://bit.ly/2VLUMK0
LéargasMonday, April 15th, 2019 at 9:56pm
Léargas is delighted to host the eTwinning Thematic Conference in 2019. The conference will be held from 09 – 11 May for eTwinning Schools Label holders from across the eTwinning community in Europe and Irish teachers who are interested in applying for the label.
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