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You will find here general information on the objectives, activities and achievements of the ECML. If you require more specialised information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The ECML in brief

The European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) is an Enlarged Partial Agreement of the Council of Europe. It was established in Graz, Austria in 1994.

The ECML’s 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 working with decision-makers in member states and bringing together language experts to develop innovative, research-informed solutions to challenges in language education. Through dialogue and exchange with relevant stakeholders and by drawing on the underlying values of the Council of Europe, the ECML is ideally equipped to act as a pioneering institution and a catalyst for reform in the teaching and learning of languages.

In cooperation with leading European specialists in the field, the ECML initiates and coordinates 4-year programmes which provide the framework for innovative projects and activities. These are embedded in ongoing policy developments and address key challenges, such as Languages for social cohesion (ECML programme 2004-2007), Empowering language professionals (ECML programme 2008-2011), Learning through languages (ECML programme 2012-2015) or Languages at the heart of learning (2016-2019).


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Benefits of ECML membership

 Benefits of ECML membership

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Introduction to the ECML

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ECML documents




25th Anniversary declaration

"Quality language education for a democratic, socially cohesive and peaceful Europe: nine ECML cornerstones" 
Available in many languages

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Practical information

Arrangements for visits:

  • Visits are free and last between 1 hour and 1h30.
  • Group visits: please return the request form (in English, French or German) to information@ecml.at at least 21 days before the desired date.
  • Individual visits: possible according to availability; please return the request form (in English or in French) to information@ecml.at at least 21 days before the desired visit date.
  • Additional input for teachers and trainee teachers of all subjects: fixed dates and times communicated by the Austrian Association.
  • Workshops for school pupils: two or three times a year target groups will be informed directly about fixed dates and times announced by the Austrian Association.
  • The ECML is open from Monday to Friday. It is closed on weekends and public holidays.

ECML visit leaflet can be downloaded here:

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Contact us:

European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe
Nikolaiplatz 4
8020 Graz
Web: www.ecml.at
Phone: +43-316 32 35 54
E-mail: information@ecml.at 

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ECML 25th Anniversary Declaration

"Quality language education for a democratic, socially cohesive and peaceful Europe: nine ECML cornerstones"

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