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:
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), ‘Learning through languages’ (2012-2015) and ‘Languages at the heart of learning’ (2016-2019). The theme for the 2020-2023 cycle is “Inspiring innovation in language education: changing contexts, evolving competences”.
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.
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.