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.

You say potato, I say... patata! Register your language-related project with the hashtag #EDLComp19 on eTwinning and win three Chromebooks for your class! Deadline for registration 31 January bit.ly/EDLComp19 Retweeted by Léargas

Join the @Leargas Strategic Initiatives @EPALE_IE Team and work on sharing the benefits of @EPALE_EU with Irish adult educators. Deadline for applications is 28/01/20. Find out more at: leargas.ie/jobs/

Twitter Media

Join our Team! @Leargas is recruiting an adult education officer for @EPALE_IE 👨‍💻👩‍💻 Application form & deadline ➡️ bit.ly/38oXg6V @graduate_ie @aontas @SOLASFET @accsirl @EdPosts @nalaireland #jobfairy 1 #jobfairy Retweeted by Léargas

Our Creative Media students are heading to Finland this weekend to start their work placement. Thanks to @Leargas and @Erasmus_Project for funding and facilitating this wonderful learning experience. Retweeted by Léargas

Delighted to have received funding for our ErasmusPlus project. Cheers @Leargas and @EUErasmusPlus😃 Retweeted by Léargas

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
LéargasThursday, January 23rd, 2020 at 12:35am
Teachers, celebrate language diversity in Europe and win prizes for your school with #EDLComp19! Register a language-themed project on etwinning.net by 31 January to enter. Full details here: https://www.leargas.ie/programmes/languages/european-day-of-languages/competition/
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LéargasTuesday, January 21st, 2020 at 3:49am
“I suppose the greatest evaluation for us is seeing the children themselves...how they bring what they learn from the programme into their everyday interactions with each other. They will try to solve problems in the yard; there is less exclusion.” - Rachel Burke, Deputy Principal, Kildare Town Educate Together School.

Read about how Kildare Town Educate Together School used #ErasmusPlus KA2 funding to foster inclusion in their school through their 'Grow from Seeds' project:

https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/parenting/making-outsiders-feel-at-home-is-child-s-play-1.4139349
Léargas
LéargasSaturday, January 18th, 2020 at 10:45pm
⚽Sport plays an important role in our societies. It can be a very powerful tool for education & fighting discrimination when working with young. This training course will explore the different possibilities of sport as a tool for education & inclusion.🏸
https://bit.ly/2PPxPDW
Léargas
LéargasFriday, January 17th, 2020 at 10:15pm
Did you know you can organise international volunteering projects for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds? Come and discover what the European Solidarity Corps can do for you and the young people you work with.
▶️ https://bit.ly/2Z1eeoC
Léargas
LéargasFriday, January 17th, 2020 at 1:07am
Teachers, celebrate language diversity in Europe and win prizes for your school with #EDLComp19! Register a language-themed project on etwinning.net by 31 January to enter. Full details here: http://bit.ly/edlcomp19