Call 2016-19

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Quality language education matters 

Contemporary European societies are characterised and enriched by
linguistic and cultural diversity, by migration and mobility. However we
only truly value and treasure these characteristics by recognising and
responding to the associated challenges.

Language education in the widest sense – the learning and teaching
of all languages in formal, informal and non-formal contexts, as well as
the provision for teacher education and the implementation of language
policies – is key: lifelong, quality language education supports not only
educational and professional success, but personal development and a
sense of self-worth, all of which help foster economic growth, democratic
citizenship and social cohesion.

Quality language education is a pre-requisite for quality education

The European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe

The promotion of quality education and of linguistic and cultural diversity are central tenets of the Council of Europe*. The role of the ECML, as an enlarged Partial Agreement of the Council of Europe, is to build on these underlying values and to help its member states bridge the gap between policies and practice in language education. Its mission is to encourage excellence and innovation in language teaching and support its member states in the implementation of effective language education policies.

It does so by initiating and coordinating 4-year programmes which provide the framework for innovative projects and activities. By working with decision makers in member states, by complementing the work of the Language Policy Unit of the Council of Europe, and by bringing together language experts to develop innovative, research-informed approaches responding to challenges in language education, the ECML is ideally equipped to act as a pioneering institution and a catalyst for reform in the teaching and learning of languages.

The Centre also identifies and further develops synergies with the European Commission’s work on learning and teaching languages; this is reflected in agreed areas of ongoing cooperation as well as a joint action entitled “innovative methodologies and assessment in language learning”.

* See pages Quality Education and Languages at the Council of Europe and Wider policy context


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